The Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation today announced the winners of its biannual awards, which take the form of sizable grants to institutions to support upcoming exhibitions. This year’s winners are exhibitions by Johanna Burton at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y.; Claire Tancons and Krista A. Thompson at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans; and Claire S. Carter at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in Scottsdale, Ariz. The first two exhibitions will receive $150,000 apiece, and the latter will take home $100,000.
Ms. Burton is on a tear recently! Last month, she was named the director and curator of education at the New Museum, after serving as director of the graduate program at CCS Bard since 2010. Titled “Slow Dance,” her show, according to a statement from the foundation, is “an experimental curatorial venture that aims to position dance in relation to art and art to dance without collapsing their useful differences.” It’s tentatively expected to open at the museum in June 2014. Tentative artist list follows: Ryan Kelley and Brennen Gerard, Taisha Paggett, Yve Laris Cohen, Justin Vivian Bond, Jack Ferver, Liz Santoro, Tere O’Connor, Trajal Harrell, Will Rawls, Sam Kim, Marissa Perel, Jodi Melnick, David Neumann, Jen Rosenblit and robbinschild.
The Tremaine Foundation, which his based in New Haven, Conn., was founded in 1986 using proceeds from the sale of works from the contemporary art collection of Emily Hall Tremaine, who died in 1987, and her husband Burton G. Tremaine, who died in 1991. They also donated some impressive works to the Wadsworth Atheneum, in Hartford, Conn, where the contemporary art curator position is named for Ms. Tremaine.
The Tremaine name may also be familiar to contemporary art fans from Louise Lawler’s photographs of their collection. She began photographing their holdings at their home in 1984 and has periodically returned to their works in a variety of locations.
Mazel to all the winners!