Ciara Ennis

Director and Curator Pitzer College Art Galleries

With Pitzer Since: 2007
Website: Pitzer College Art Galleries
Campus Address: Atherton 110
Phone: 909.607.3143

Since 2007, Ciara Ennis has taught and been director and curator of Pitzer College Art Galleries. While there she has curated dozens of exhibitions including Racial Imaginary, a visual art corollary to the book of the same name by MacArthur Fellow Claudia Rankine, as well as exhibitions by Andrea Bowers, Mark Dion, and Charles Gaines. Last year she co-curated Juan Downey: Radiant Nature (2017) as part of the Getty Pacific Standard Time’s far-reaching initiative exploring the relationship between Los Angeles and Latin America. While Downey is primarily known for his post-1975 pioneering video work, this exhibition focused on three early bodies of work: Electronic Sculptures, Happenings & Performances, and Life Cycle installations, made between 1967 and 1974, which had not been seen or experienced for decades. This exhibition was followed by, Manifesto: A Moderate Proposal (2018) for which she received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additionally, Ennis has been a panelist/moderator/guest speaker for the American Studies Association, the International Sculpture Conference, the AAMG conference, the California Community Foundation, the Rijksakademie Amsterdam, and most recently, the Victoria and Albert Museum. Her curatorial and scholarly practice explores the intersection of art, politics, and activism in contemporary museum and exhibition practice.

Educational Background

PhD, Cultural Studies, (Museum Studies concentration), Claremont Graduate University

MA (RCA) Visual Arts Administration, Curating, and Commissioning Contemporary Art, Royal College of Art

BA (Hons), Fine Art, Norwich School of Art

Selected Publications

“Animal Worlds, Storytelling, and the Aesthetics of Wonder,” X-TRA Contemporary Art Quarterly一道本不卡免费高清 (fall 2019)

The Politics of Play in the Early Work of Juan Downey, exhibition catalogue: Juan Downey: Radiant Nature, published by LACE and Pitzer College Art Galleries
一道本不卡免费高清Julie Shafer: Conquest of the Vertical, Exposure Journal: Society for Photographic Education (2017)

The Politics of Painting: Ciara Ennis in Conversation with Liat Yossifor, catalogue, Pitzer College Art Galleries (2016)

The Counter-Archival tendencies of Kang Seung Lee, artist book, 一道本不卡免费高清Pitzer College Art Galleries (2015)

Ghosts Can Cross Oceans: Nuttaphol Ma, Barnsdall (Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery), (2015)

Don’t Mourn Organize: Andrea Bowers in Conversation with Ciara Ennis, exhibition catalogue Andrea Bowers一道本不卡免费高清, Pomona College Museum of Art and Pitzer College Art Galleries (2014)

House of Retention: Clare Graham’s Microcosmology, in conjunction with the exhibition: Clare Graham and MorYork: The Answer is Yes, Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles (2014)

“Photoplay and Zoetrope: the Work of Miles Coolidge and Amy Russell,” Double Helix exhibition catalogue,  Jose Druidus-Biada Gallery, Mount St. Mary’s College, September 2013.

“The Lives of Others, The Work of Julia Schlosser,” Exposure Journal: Society for Photographic Education (fall 2012).

“Le Petit Hameau: The Life and Times of Relational Practices,”exhibition catalogue for Interstice: New Economies for Creative Communities, California State University, Fullerton/Main Art Gallery (fall 2012).

“Unfolding Architecture: Interview between British Artists Emily Speed and Curator Ciara Ennis,” Mousse Magazine (September 2010).

“Localization, Location, Ubicación: A Conversation between Ciara Ennis and Carla Herrera-Prats,” an Online Journal of Art and Culture一道本不卡免费高清 (March 2010).

Selected Curated Exhibitions

一道本不卡免费高清The Ocelots of Foothill Boulevard: Mark Dion, Jessica Rath, Dana Sherwood Co-curated with Bill Anthes, Pitzer College Art Galleries (2016)

Liat Yossifor: Time Turning Paint, Pitzer College Art Galleries (2015)

Kang Seung Lee: UNTITLED (ART SPEAK),一道本不卡免费高清 Pitzer College Art Galleries (2015)

Ghosts Can Cross Oceans: Nuttaphol Ma, Barnsdall (Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery), (2015)

Wunderkammer: Joshua Callahan, Chris Cobb, Michael Decker, Clare Graham: MorYork, Nina Katchadourian, Alice Konitz, Rachel Mayeri, Melanie Nakaue, Jenny Perlin, Steve Roden, and Stephanie Syjuco一道本不卡免费高清, Pitzer College Art Galleries (2015)

Blacklisted, A Planted Allegory: Jenny Jurshansky一道本不卡免费高清, Pitzer College Art Galleries (2015)

Co-curator, Andrea Bowers: #sweetjane,一道本不卡免费高清 Pomona College Museum of Art and Pitzer College Art Galleries, Claremont, CA, January-March 2014. With Rebecca McGrew.

Co-curator, Synthetic Ritual,一道本不卡免费高清 an exhibition that originated at Pitzer then traveled to Idaho and Illinois, August-October 2013. With Gabi Scardi.

一道本不卡免费高清“Charles Gains: In the Shadow of Numbers.” Pomona College Museum of Art and Pitzer Art Galleries, Pitzer College, Claremont, CA, September 4 – October 21, 2012. Co-curated with Rebecca McGrew, Senior Curator, Pomona College Museum of Art.

“Joyce Campbell: Te Tanihwa/Crown Coach.” Pitzer Art Galleries, Pitzer College, Claremont, CA, September 15–December 7, 2012.

“Liz Glynn: No Second Troy.” Pitzer Art Galleries, Pitzer College, Claremont, CA, January 21 – March 23, 2012.

Emerging Artist Series #6: “Vanitas,” by Matt Olm. Pitzer Art Galleries, Pitzer College, Claremont CA, January 21 – March 23, 2012.

“Synthetic Ritual,” featuring works by Meris Angeoletti, Mounira Al Solh, Beatrice Catanazro, Marcus Coates, Joel Kyack, Lawrence Lemaoana, Yoshua Okon, Adrian Paci, Marco Rios, Kara Tanaka, Carlin Wing, Amir Yatziv. Pritchard Art Gallery, University of Idaho College of Art and Design, September 2011. Co-Curated with Gabi Scardi, Independent curator, Milan, Italy, Exhibition travelled to Pritchard Art Gallery, University of Idaho, College of Art and Design (August 2012); and will travel to Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago (August 2013)

“Euan Macdonald: KIMBAL 1901.” Pitzer Art Galleries, Pitzer College, Claremont, CA, January 27–March 25, 2011.

Emerging Artist Series #5: “Worker,” by Jennifer Vanderpool  and James Gilbert.Pitzer Art Galleries, Pitzer College, Claremont, CA, January 27–March 25, 2011.

“Writ Large,” featuring artists Marcus Civin, Patrick Hebert, Herve Constance, and Iane Mi. Pitzer Art Galleries, Pitzer College, Claremont, CA, July–September 2010.

一道本不卡免费高清“Capitalism in Question (Because it is),” featuring works by Ian Arenas, Matthew Brandt, James Melinat, Gabie Strong, Kara Tanaka, and Grant Vetter. Pitzer Art Galleries, Pitzer College, Claremont, CA, January 28–March 19, 2010. Co-curated with Daniel Joseph Martinez.

Emerging Artist Series #4: “Localization, Location, Ubicación,” by Carla Herrera-Prats. Pitzer Art Galleries, Pitzer College, Claremont, CA, January 28–March 19, 2010.

Selected Conference Presentations and Invited Talk

Presenter: Opening the Cabinet of Curiosities一道本不卡免费高清 (workshop), Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK with Bergit Arends, Tim Boon, John Davis, Mark Dion, Eloise Donnelly, Earle Havens, Arthur MacGregor, Bill Sherman, Christine Takengny, Sarah Wade, and Jane Wildgoose (2017)

Juror, APEXART International Franchise Program, New York (2016)

Panelist: Pacific Standard Time, LA/LA – Arts Organizations Prepare for Pacific Standard Time 2017一道本不卡免费高清, with panelists: Alma Ruiz, Senior Curator, MOCA; Rita Gonzalez, Curator of Contemporary Art, LACMA; Robb Hernandez, Assistant Professor, UC Riverside; Karen Rapp, Director, Vincent Price Museum; moderated by Jennifer Doyle, UC Riverside. Organized by MOCA in conjunction with the American Studies Association (2014)

Moderator: Plan B, on the Possibility of Engaging in a Radical Art Practice in our Current Market-Driven Times, 24th一道本不卡免费高清 International Sculpture Conference, New Orleans (2014)

“A Moderate Proposal, Non-Heroic Manifestos,” 2014 Association of Academic Museums and Galleries Annual Conference: Moving the Needle: Academic Museums and Galleries Innovating the Future, Seattle, WA, May 2014. With Jennifer Vanderpool.

Award panelist/juror, Wall Artists, City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Los Angeles, CA, February 2014.

“Expanding the Definition of Photographic Practices at the Museum of Photography,” invited talk for Women in Photography honors class with Professor Stacy McCarroll Cutshaw, University of La Verne, La Verne, CA, January 2014.

“Synthetic Ritual,” invited talk at Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL, August 2013.

“Mixed Marriage: Artists, Curators and the Exhibition,” panel moderator, Torrance Art Museum, June 2012. With Karen Lofgren (artist), Rebecca McGrew (senior curator, Pomona College Art Museum), Rebecca Morse (associate curator, MOCA), Holly Myers (art critic, Los Angeles Times) and Carrie Patterson (editor, Artillery Magazine).

Review award panelist, Visual Arts, Rasmuson Foundation, Anchorage, Alaska, April 19-22, 2012.

一道本不卡免费高清“Curatorial Practice in the 21st Century,” guest lecturer and critic, University California Irvine, Irvine, CA, March 2012.

“The Dark Side: The Use of Ceramics as a Tool to Discuss Issues of Identity, Representation, and Narrative in the of UK and Contemporary Art,” invited talk as part of the Art History Lecture Series, The Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art, California State University San Bernardino, San Bernardino, CA, November 10, 2011.

Panelist, What Can We Learn from Documenta (13)? Otis Graduate Public Practice at 18th Street Art Center, 2012. With panelists John Tain, Curator for Modern and Contemporary Collections, Getty Research Institute; Leslie Labowitz-Starus, artist; and Tamarind Rossetti, Graduate Student, Public Practice artist, intern with Mariam Ghani at Documenta (13).

Guest lecturer, Synthetic Ritual. Prichard Art Gallery, University of Idaho, College of Art and Design, August 24, 2012.

Moderator, Mixed Marriage: Artists, Curators, and the Exhibition, Torrance Art Museum, June 2, 2012. With panelists Karen Lofgren, artist; Rebecca McGrew, Senior curator, Pomona College Museum of Art; Holly Myers, LA Times Art Critic & Writer; and Carrie Paterson, Editor, Artillery Magazine.

Review award panelist, Visual Arts, Rasmuson Foundation, Anchorage, Alaska, April 19–22, 2012.

Guest curator, Britweek一道本不卡免费高清, in conjunction with LAA: Los Angeles Arts Association, May 2012.

一道本不卡免费高清Guest curator, LACE Benefit Art Auction, May 16, 2012.

Guest lecturer and critic, Curatorial Practice in the 21st Century. 一道本不卡免费高清UC Irvine, Class, Daniel Joseph Martinez, February 12, 2012.

Recent Grants, Awards and Honors

Pasadena Art Alliance, 2017, 2014

NEA Grant to support, A Moderate Proposal, co-curated with Jennifer Vanderpool, 2016

GETTY Exhibition implementation grant with LACE to support Juan Downey: Radiant Nature, 2015

GETTY Research Grant with LACE, 2014

一道本不卡免费高清Research and Planning grant from the Getty Foundation for the exhibition Juan Downey: Radiant Nature. The grant was jointly awarded to Pitzer and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, which will administer the grant. 2014-17.

Guest curator, Benefit Art Auction, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), Los Angeles, CA, May 2012.

Public Commentary and Media Coverage

一道本不卡免费高清Michno, Christopher: “Ciara Ennis, Exhibition Practices and Alternative Theories of the Archive”, , KCET, April 27, 2016.

Finkel, Jori: “The Pacific Standard Time Initiative Seeks to Rescue Fugitive Art”, The New York Times, Art and Design section, March 15, 2016.

Michno, Christopher: “The Ocelots of Foothill Boulevard”, Artillery Magazine, February 2016.

Hardcourt Glenn: “Signs Taken for Wonders”, Archives Remixed, Critical Perspectives and Pathways, Archive Journal, Issue 5, Fall 2015.

Osborne-Batucca, Kristen: “Object D’Art Piquing Curiosity”, , March 17, 2015.

Bell David, “Jenny Yurshansky: Blacklisted, A Planted Allegory”: , Contemporary Arts in Los Angeles, ARCH, 2015.

一道本不卡免费高清Eler, Alicia: “Invasive Species, Jenny Yurshansky Plants Her Stake”, , KCET, January, 2015.

Professor Ennis’ curatorial work is cited in “‘#sweetjane’ fuses art, a horrific crime to powerful effect,Los Angeles Times, February 18, 2014.

Professor Ennis was quoted in “Investigating Steubenville: Andrea Bowers’ #sweetjane,” in KCET’s Artbound, February 6, 2014.

Cheh, Carol. “Liz Glynn,” Artillery Magazine, vol. 6, no. 5 (June/July 2012).

Taft, Catherine. “Liz Glynn: Pitzer Art Galleries,” Artforum (April 2012).

Shaw, Michael. “Preview of Exhibitions: Liz Glynn,” ArtScene: The Monthly Digest to Art in Southern California,一道本不卡免费高清 vol. 31, no. 6 (January, 2012).

Michno, Christopher. “Out of Bounds: Curators Make Their Mark in the Inland Empire,” Artillery Magazine一道本不卡免费高清 (July/August 2011).

Dambrot, Shana Nys. “Marcus Coates’ Journey to the Lower World at Pitzer College Art Galleries: Can Deer Antlers Solve America’s Housing Problem?” Best Art I Saw All Week: LA Weekly一道本不卡免费高清 (December 9, 2011).

Teaching: Recent Courses

The Art World Since 1989

一道本不卡免费高清Art in Los Angeles Now

Art and Animals (co-taught with Bill Anthes, Professor of Art, Pitzer Art College)

一道本不卡免费高清Contemporary Curatorial Practice

Senior Thesis

Additional Information

Currirculum Vitae

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