Bean Gilsdorf

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Help Desk: Participatory Project

Joav BarEl. Installation view of Center of the World, 2014 at Tempo Rubato Gallery, Tel Aviv.

Help Desk is an arts-advice column that demystifies practices for artists, writers, curators, collectors, patrons, and the general public. Submit your questions anonymously here. All submissions become the property of Daily Serving. I’m an artist working with a poor family on a participatory project at a local museum. They are Latino. The project is about their perceptions of art. Who might I talk to or where[…..]

Help Desk: Ghost in the Art Writing Machine

Pierre Huyghe. The Host and the Cloud, 2009-2010; Museum Ludwig, Cologne.

Help Desk is an arts-advice column that demystifies practices for artists, writers, curators, collectors, patrons, and the general public. Submit your questions anonymously here. All submissions become the property of Daily Serving. I’m a young curator and an arts writer with a museum job, but like everyone in the world, I can always use extra money. I’ve been approached before about “ghostwriting” for more established curators[…..]

Help Desk: Crowd Funding

John Baldessari. Money (with Space Between) , 1991; Lithograph / Screenprint on Arches. 
© Baldessari

Help Desk is an arts-advice column that demystifies practices for artists, writers, curators, collectors, patrons, and the general public. Submit your questions anonymously here. All submissions become the property of Daily Serving. I have a lot of friends who are running crowd-funding campaigns. One is staging a performance in another state, another has a residency in Europe in 2015, the third is going on a “research[…..]

Help Desk: The Ethics of Application Fees, part 2

Jean-Luc Moulene. Tronche / Avatar (Paris, April 2014), 2014; Polished concrete, blue blanket
15 x 10 5/8 x 11 in.

Help Desk is an arts-advice column that demystifies practices for artists, writers, curators, collectors, patrons, and the general public. Submit your questions anonymously here. All submissions become the property of Daily Serving. What are your thoughts on application fees for residencies, fellowships, and exhibitions? Typically the odds of being selected are very long, and the vast majority of artists who apply for opportunities aren’t swimming in[…..]

Help Desk: The Ethics of Application Fees, part 1

Eberhard Havekost.
In Control, 2009;
Oil on canvas;
27.5 x 15.75 in.

Help Desk is where I answer your queries about making, exhibiting, finding, marketing, buying, selling–or any other activity related to contemporary art. Submit your questions anonymously here. All submissions become the property of Daily Serving. Recently I submitted work in response to a thematic juried call by a large, reputable, nationally known and respected arts organization [in my city]. It’s my habit to first inspect a[…..]

Help Desk: Race & Voice

Shinique Smith. Of A Particular Perfume, 2011; Hand-dyed clothing, fabric, binding, and wood 72 x 2 x 52 in.

Help Desk is where I answer your queries about making, exhibiting, finding, marketing, buying, selling–or any other activity related to contemporary art. Submit your questions anonymously here. All submissions become the property of Daily Serving. I am a writer and curator. I’m also a woman of color. While people think this may not be important, it is! We don’t live in a postracial society. What I[…..]

Help Desk: Group Crit

Beatriz Milhazes. Sinfonia Nordestina, 2008; Acrylic on canvas, 96 7/8 X 144 7/8 inches

Help Desk is where I answer your queries about making, exhibiting, finding, marketing, buying, selling–or any other activity related to contemporary art. Submit your questions anonymously here. All submissions become the property of Daily Serving. I’ve been accepted to an MFA program that begins this September. As the month approaches, I find myself getting increasingly nervous and anxious (as I always do on the first day[…..]