Programming & Curatorial

Select programming & curatorial work, 2009-2017

Mediating the Archive (2014-2016)

Led by Amy Herzog and Edward Miller, the Mediating the Archive research group (2014-2016) focused on how archival studies dovetail with the scholarly and artistic legacy of queer activism through visual art, film, digital media, and dance. Their work ensures such counter archives are a part of public discourse. The group was part of The Seminar on Public Engagement and Collaborative Research sponsored by the Center for the Humanities at the CUNY Graduate Center, and was made possible by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

More details regarding seminar events can be found here.


Sonic Cinema: Sounding Resistance (2017)

In conjunction with the Princeton University course Sonic Cinema: Music, Noise, and the Moving Image, Amy Herzog organized and moderated this public film and lecture series featuring artists, filmmakers, musicians, and scholars. Participants included Lizzie Borden, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, Wynne Greenwood, Kevin and Jennifer McCoy, Zoe Beloff, Suzanne Cusick, Will Cheng, and Valerie Tevere and Angel Nevarez.

Series overview and links to individual screenings available here.


On Janus & Justice: Archives, Access, and Ethical Use of Video Evidence (2016)

Co-organized by Amy Herzog & Snowden Becker (UCLA). Panelists included Becker, Candace Ming (South Side Home Movie Project), Johanna Fernández (Baruch), Nicole Martin (Human Rights Watch), Samuel Sinyangwe (Mapping Police Violence), and Yvonne Ng (WITNESS).

The widespread adoption of body-worn cameras by police officers nationwide has generated nearly equal amounts of kudos and critique. On the one hand, bodycams are hailed as a tool for restoring public trust and increasing accountability and transparency for law enforcement agencies, especially those with a history of civil rights violations. On the other hand, body cams are decried as part of a slippery panoptic-society slope, invasive of privacy and ineffective as a check on state power. These debates invoke the two-faced Roman god Janus, patron of archives, doorways, and transitional states–and they also largely fail to engage the question of what it means to create and provide long-term access to public records in digital video and other formats that are challenging, costly, and complicated to preserve. Cosponsored by the Mediating the Archive Mellon Seminar on Public Engagement and Collaborative Research and the Center for the Humanities, CUNY.

Video recording of panel:




The Film Studies Working Group: Moving Images in Theory and Practice (2013-2014)

This seminar served as an interdisciplinary forum for faculty, students, researchers, and artists working with film and related moving image media. Our mission was to explore the intersections of theory and practice in film and media, and to create a dialogue between creative practitioners and scholars.

The working group met monthly, in seminar-sessions curated by participants, typically workshopping projects-in-progress.  We also organized a series of public events, performances, and screenings, ideally generated from our seminar workshops; participants included Erkki Huhtamo, Patricia Clough, Tara Mateik, David Gerstner, and Mal Ahern.

Details regarding seminar sessions can be found here.


Peeps (2009)

Curated by Amy Herzog. May 15-July 12, 2009, at the Amie and Tony James Gallery, the Graduate Center, City University of New York, 365 Fifth Avenue (at 34th Street), New York, N.Y. 10016. Gallery Director: Linda Norden.

Installation architecture designed by Pierre Huyghe. Featuring works by Peggy Ahwesh, Alvin Baltrop, James Bidgood, Martha Colburn, Jean Genet, Lisa Kereszi, Bjarne Melgaard, Matthias Müller, Margie Schnibbe, Richard Kornbacher,and Andy Warhol, in addition to vintage “peep show” loops and other ephemera.

Review: Damon Stanek, “Welcome to the Peep Show,Art in America, 2009.

More details and documentation available here.



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