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2020 Étant Donnés Contemporary Art Grantees

Performance Picturing (THE) Stories, featured in the solo exhibition of Michele Magema at Aurora Picture Show, Houston, curated by Mary Magsamen in February 2021 © Linda Dreisen / doual’art 2017


Étant donnés Contemporary Art is the only French-American fund for contemporary art. Initiated by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and FACE Foundation, with the support of leading partners and sponsors, it aims to foster collaborations between visual artists, curators and institutions on both sides of the Atlantic. American institutions and curators, as well as French artists are encouraged to apply to the Étant donnés Open Call that will open in the Fall of 2020


We are happy to announce the 15 grantees selected this year by the Etant donnés jury:

Artistic projects - 7 American institutions will receive a grant for exhibitions involving French or France-based artists: Noguchi Museum (New York, NY) for the exhibit Spaces of the Mind, presenting works by designer Pierre Charpin (cur:Dakin Hart); Museum of Art and Design (New York, NY) for the group show Garmenting: Costume and Contemporary Art, including works by Karina Bisch, Rafael Barontini, Cécile Bome, Louise Bourgeois, and Annette Messager, etc (cur:Alexandra Schwartz); Aurora Picture Show (Houston, TX) for the solo show of French-Congolese artist Michele Magema (cur:Mary Magsamen) ; Blaffer Art Museum (Houston, TX) for L'amour à la machine, a solo show of Caroline Mesquita (cur: Steven Matijcio); Beall Center for Art and Technology – University of California (Irvine, CA) for Variations, a solo show of Vera Molnar (cur: David Familian); Hammer Museum (Los Angeles, CA) for Witch Hunt, a group show including commissioned works by Franco-Moroccan artist Bouchra Khalili (cur:Connie Butler); Hunter East Harlem Gallery (New York, NY) for the touring of the group show Dust Specks on the Sea: Contemporary Sculptures from the French Caribbean & Haiti at 516 Arts (Albuquerque) & Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles), which presents the works of French artists from the Caribbean.

Curatorial Fellowships - 4 curators will receive a grant for upcoming research trips in France : Selby Nimrod (MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge) for the collaborative project Collecting Digital Art: Institutional Precursors in France at the Turn of the Millennium, a Case Study, in partnership with the Espace Multimedia Gantner in Bourgogne-Franche Comte; MacKenzie Stevens (Visual Arts Center, University of Texas- Austin) for the project Art Norac Award, in partnership with FRAC Bretagne, Rennes; Dean Daderko for a research on The Politics of Freedom: Claude Cahun and Bouchra Khalili, in partnership with the Musée des Beaux Arts de Nantes; and Mary Magsamen (Aurora Picture Show, Houston, Texas) for a research on the artist Michèle Magema, in partnership with Light Cone and the Festival international de court métrage (International Short Film Festival) of Clermont Ferrand.

Artists residencies - 4 French artists are awarded a grant: in partnership with the Institut Francais - Paris, Theodora Barat will be in residency at Mayeur Projects (Las Vegas, NV) for her project Four Corners; Eva Barto will be in residency at the SculptureCenter (New York City, NY) for her project The Legal Loopholes Society; and Simon Ripoll-Hurier will be in residency at the Kadist Foundation (San Francisco, CA) for his project The Targets. In partnership with the CPGA - Comité Professionnel des Galeries d’Art, Jean-Charles de Quillacq will be in residency at the Coalesce Center for Biological Art, University of Buffalo (NY), the Bemis Art Center, Omaha for his project Corporeal Commons.


The 2020 Étant Données jury included César Garcia, director of The Mistake Room – Los Angeles; Jamillah James, curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art - Los Angeles; Hendrik Folkerts, curator at the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Art Institute of Chicago; Emma Lavigne, president of the Palais de Tokyo - Paris; Paula Aisemberg, president of Trampoline and executive and artistic director of the Fondation Emerige – Paris ; and Adeline Blanchard, program officer for visual arts at the Institut français - Paris.


Etant donnés Contemporary Art is a program of FACE Foundation, developed in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, with lead funding from the Florence Gould Foundation, Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Ford Foundation, Chanel USA, ADAGP (French Society of Authors in the Visual Arts), CPGA ( Comite Professionnel des Galeries d'Art), French Ministry of Culture, and Institut Français - Paris.