Torpedo Factory’s Target Gallery Engages Three New Curatorial Voices

In celebration of our 40th anniversary, the Torpedo Factory Art Center has invited three guest curators to develop exhibits for the Target Gallery during the 2014 season.  Under the deft guidance of Gallery Coordinator Kaitlyn Ward, these shows will welcome fresh perspectives, ideas and energy, connecting back to the organization’s founding spirit of innovation. Selected for their unique curatorial experience, Laura Roulet, Kade Twist and Roman Petruniak will introduce new emerging and midcareer artists to the DC metro area.  Information on their individual exhibitions will be released in December.


Laura Roulet is an independent curator and writer, specializing in contemporary and Latin American art. She was one of five international curators chosen for the citywide public art project, 5 x 5, a major initiative sponsored by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities in 2012. She has organized exhibitions in Mexico, Puerto Rico and Washington DC including at the Art Museum of the Americas, the Mexican Cultural Institute, Artisphere, Hillyer Art Space, Project 4, Fusebox and the DC Art Center. Recent exhibits include Sculpting Outside the Lines, an outdoor sculpture exhibit in Foggy Bottom and Medios y ambientes in Mexico City.  Her publications include many catalogue essays, encyclopedia entries, articles in American Art, Art Journal, Art Nexus, Sculpture, and the book Contemporary Puerto Rican Installation Art, the Guagua Aerea, the Trojan Horse and the Termite. She worked on the Ana Mendieta retrospective, organized by the Hirshhorn Museum in 2004, and contributed to that catalogue.

Roman Petruniak is a member of InCUBATE, a research collaborative dedicated to art economies.  In 2007, he co-founded a grassroots model for funding creative projects through community meals called Sunday Soup.  To date, over 90 similar meal-granting initiatives have been started around the globe.  In 2010, while conducting cultural policy research as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar in Kyiv, he helped design and launch BIG IDEA, one of Ukraine’s first online creative media and crowdfunding platforms.  As an artist and curator, his work has been featured by a number of institutions including Eyebeam Art+Technology Center; the Hyde Park Art Center, the Smart Museum of Art, the Van Abbemuseum, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.  He has written for CAA.Reviews, Proximity Magazine, AREA Chicago, and the Journal of Aesthetics and Protest.  He received a BA in the History of Art from the University of Pennsylvania in 2006, and a double MA in Modern Art History and Arts Administration from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2009.

Kade L. Twist is an interdisciplinary artist working with video, sound, text and installation enviornments. Twist’s work combines re-imagined tribal stories with geopolitical narratives to examine the unresolved tensions between market-driven systems, consumerism and American Indian cultural self-determination. Mr. Twist is one of the co-founders of Postcommodity, a transdisciplinary artist collective. With his individual work and the collective Postcommodity, Twist has exhibited work nationally and internationally including the: Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ; Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, CA; Chelsea Art Museum, New York, NY; National Museum of the American Indian, Gustav Heye Center, Smithsonian Institution, New York, NY; Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Santa Fe, NM; Nuit Blanche, Toronto; Contour: 5th Biennial of the Moving Image, Mechelen, BE; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Museum; Site Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM; Adelaide International and the 18th Beinnale of Sydney. Postcommodity have been the recipients of grants from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, Art Matters and Creative Capital. In addition to his art practice, Twist is also a public affairs consultant specializing in American Indian health care, technology and community development with clients that include the Ford Foundation, Benton Foundation National Congress of American Indians, and the American Dental Association. Twist received his MFA in Intermedia from the Herberger Institute School of Art at Arizona State University. He is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.

Gallery Information
The Target Gallery, national exhibition space of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, promotes high standards of art by continuously exploring new ideas through the visual media in a schedule of national and international exhibitions. We are located on the waterfront in Old Town Alexandria, VA. The gallery is open daily from 10-6pm and until 9pm on Thursdays. www.torpedofactory.org/target

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