Tino Sehgal Exhibition Wins AICA Award

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On January 23, the U.S. section of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA) announced that the exhibition Tino Sehgal won a first-place award for “Best Show Involving Digital Media, Video, Film, or Performance,” part of its annual awards honoring excellence in museum and gallery exhibitions. Curated by Nancy Spector, Deputy Director and Chief Curator, the exhibition was presented at the Guggenheim Museum from January 29 to March 10, 2010.

Now in its 25th year, the AICA awards are nominated and voted on by four hundred American members of the association. The is the fifth AICA award for Spector. She won previously for exhibitions on Gary Hill (1995), Matthew Barney (2003), Marina Abramović (2005), and Louise Bourgeois (2008).

Organized as part of the Guggenheim’s fiftieth-anniversary celebrations, the Sehgal exhibition comprised a mise-en-scène that occupied the entire Frank Lloyd Wright–designed rotunda. In dialogue with Wright’s all-encompassing aesthetic, Sehgal filled the rotunda floor and the spiraling ramps with two major works that encapsulated the poles of his practice: conversational and choreographic. To create the context for the exhibition, the entire Guggenheim rotunda was cleared of art objects for the first time in the museum’s history.

Spector will accept the award at a ceremony at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York on March 14.

See the full list of winners at aicausa.org.