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History of Israeli Contemporary Art @ Center For Contemporary Art

"The History of Israeli Contemporary Art"

With the Curator of the CCA, Chen Tamir

Become an Israeli art expert in an hour's whirlwind survey,

taught by one of Israel's leading art experts.

Including a talk with artist Nira Pereg, and tour of her current exhibition.

About the Speaker: Chen Tamir

Chen Tamir (b. 1979, Tel Aviv) is curator at the Center for Contemporary Art in Tel-Aviv, where she also assists in the direction of the Curatorial Studies Program of the Kibbutzim College and the CCA. Her previous positions include Executive Director of Flux Factory, a non-profit arts center in Queens NY, Program Manager at Artis, a nonprofit that supports and promotes contemporary visual artists from Israel, and Program Associate at the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at the New School.

Her recent exhibitions have been presented at venues including Art in General and White Box in New York; the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, the Southern Alberta Art Gallery, the National Gallery of Saskatchewan, the University of Toronto’s Justina Barnicke Gallery, and Gallery TPW in Canada, and the Israeli Center for Digital Art and Museums of Bat Yam in Israel.

Chen holds an M.A. from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College; a B.F.A. in Visual Art; and a B.A. in Anthropology from York University. Her writing has been published in FlashArt, C Magazine, BlackFlash, Prefix and various monographs. She has participated in experimental art projects such as Ex-Territory, Reverse Pedagogy, and the 2009 Athens Biennial and has lectured and spoken at venues including the Power Plant, Sotheby’s New York, the Art Gallery of Ontario, Bard Center for Curatorial Studies, Open Engagement, Union Docs, Vanderbilt University, and the 2009 Scope Art Fair.

About the CCA: Center for Contemporary Art

The Center for Contemporary Art (a registered non-profit organization) was founded in 1998 to promote time-based and contemporary artistic practices in Israel. Operating from a small room at the Tel Aviv Cinematheque, the CCA managed to revolutionize the art world in Israel by presenting the most cutting-edge local and international artwork. In addition to series of video art and experimental cinema screened between 1998 and 2005 at the Cinematheques throughout the country (Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Rosh Pina, and Sderot), the CCA initiated and curated Blurrr – International Performance Art Biennial (2007-2009) and VideoZone – International Video Art Biennial (2002-2008); established the Fund for Video-Art and Experimental Cinema to fund Israeli video art and experimental film; produced Artattack, a television program dedicated entirely to video art, broadcast from 2001 to 2004 on community TV channels throughout the country; and founded the Video Archive that contains over three thousands video works by Israeli and international artists from the 1960s to the present.

In November 2005, the CCA moved to its own building in the Rachel and Israel Pollak Gallery in the center of Tel Aviv. Containing an auditorium, three exhibition spaces, offices and an editing room, as well as a charming entrance square, the building enables the CCA to curate and produce its renowned exhibitions, projects, screenings, lectures and performances on its own premises.

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