Episode 202: Manon Slome

July 12, 2009 · Print This Article

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Manon Slome
This week (the) Amanda Browder and Tom talk with curator Manon Slome about the “No Longer Empty” series of exhibitions. Manon is one of the curators of this year long series of shows, each of which inhabits an abandoned New York City store front for one month. Along the way the three talk about the dismal state of affairs in Ol’ New York and how we can make lemonade out of these lemons.

Manon Slome (PhD) is an independent curator working in New York City. From 2002 to June 2008 she was the Chief Curator of the Chelsea Art Museum in New York since its inception in 2002. During that time, she has curated and overseen a program of some forty exhibitions, symposia and museum publications as well as monographs and scholarly essays. Ms. Slome became highly involved with the Israeli art scene during her research for the exhibition, Such Stuff as Dreams are Made on”, (2005) and has followed and researched the Israeli scene for the last 3 years. Prior to the CAM, Ms. Slome worked as a curator at the Guggenheim Museum for 7 years and was a holder of a Helena Rubestein curatorial fellowship at the Whitney Independent Study program. She is currently working on a book, The Aesthetics of Terror.
Manon Slome
No Longer Empty
Chelsea Art Museum
Aesthetics of Terror
Capitol Fishing Tackle
Chelsea Hotel
Michael Bevilacqua
Ship of Fools
Bruce Richards
Scott Campbell
Joseph Aloi
Norman Mailer
Allen Ginsberg
Kate Gilmore
Guido Albi Marini
Tara de la Garza
Bronx Museum
Jose Parla
Rey Parla
The New York Times
Dorothy Spears
Becky Smith

6 thoughts on “Episode 202: Manon Slome”

  1. Linda D says:

    Not a completely original idea, but what makes this refreshing is Manon, lending her education & experience and courage to do something like this outside of the umbrella of “the establishment”. She is versatile, bright, spontaneous and doing a great service to her artists.

    When it comes to the issue of funding, I would encourage her to try and get private funding from individuals or foundations that don’t put restrictions on the money. It may be more difficult to find, but it will keep the authenticity that is what makes this so special. Bravo!

  2. Bruce Richards says:

    The exhibition was a collaborative exercise that instilled a community sense that has been lacking. The artist, curators and even the landlords benefit from working together, still allowing each to show their individual efforts, while contributing to the greater whole.
    The experience of sitting the gallery and talking to those that come in the space has produced interesting and inciteful views the artist rarely receives from a gallerist.
    As an artist I will support in whatever way I can this endeavor. Manon and the No Longer Empty organization deserves a great deal of support. Hopefully it will come.

  3. Gina Beavers says:

    Tom mentioned ‘Apartment Show’ in New York. The curators are Denise Kupferschmidt and Joshua Smith. The website is: http://apartmentshow.net/

  4. I like her approach. It reminds me of a gallery I had in NYC a few years ago, Laura Martin-Transient NYC. She made quite a splash with shows in various empty spaces in NYC, London, even Italy, but had trouble making enough money without backing.

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