Albright-Knox Art Gallery – Application for Portfolio Reviews

Curators from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York are coming to Iceland to conduct individual Portfolio Reviews with visual artists.

Founded in 1862, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery is one of America’s oldest art museums and one of the leading collections of modern and contemporary art in the world.

Any artist who is a SIM member and has ever lived anywhere in Iceland is eligible to apply for a Portfolio Review.

The Portfolio Reviews will be held at SÍM in Reykjavík on Tuesday, 21 April and Wednesday, 22 April, 2020. Each Review will last approximately 20 minutes.

Because of time constraints, the curators may not be able to meet with all of the artists who are interested. If you would like to apply to participate, please fill out the form below by 17 March.

Artists will be notified if they have been selected for participation by 31 March. The exact time slots will be assigned.

Artists are asked only to bring a laptop or tablet with some digital images or videos of their work.

Thank you for your interest. The curators look forward to meeting you in Reykjavík! If you have any questions, please contact Vallý Einarsdóttir at

Apply here!!

The Curators,

Cathleen Chaffee, PhD
Chief Curator
Research Lead for Sweden

Dr. Cathleen Chaffee joined the Albright-Knox in January 2014 and became Chief Curator in September 2017. She was Horace W. Goldsmith Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Yale University Art Gallery from 2010 to 2014 and held curatorial positions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Cleveland Museum of Art.

At the Albright-Knox, Chaffee has organized exhibitions such as Introducing Tony Conrad: A Retrospective, Joe Bradley, Shade: Clyfford Still / Mark Bradford, Erin Shirreff, Eija-Liisa Ahtila: Ecologies of Drama, and co-organized Looking at Tomorrow: Light and Language from The Panza Collection, 1967–1990, Screen Play: Life in an Animated World, Out of Sight! Art of the Senses, and Anthony McCall: Dark Rooms, Solid Light.

At Yale, she organized the inaugural installation of the modern collection following a renovation and expansion of the gallery spaces, as well as exhibitions including Still Life: 1970s Photorealism and Radical Visions and Practically Applied: Women’s Innovations in Abstraction, 1915–1937. Her writing has been published in magazines such as Artforum, Frieze, Contemporary, Mousse, and Manifesta Journal. Her essays and books have addressed the work of Richard Artschwager, Carol Bove, Marcel Broodthaers, Hanne Darboven, and Joëlle Tuerlinckx, among many others.

Chaffee received her PhD from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University and was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to Belgium to complete research for her dissertation, Décors: Marcel Broodthaers’s Late Exhibition Practice 1974–75. She received her Master’s degree from the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London.

Holly E. Hughes
Godin-Spaulding Curator & Curator for the Collection
Research Lead for Norway

Holly E. Hughes is Godin-Spaulding Curator & Curator for the Collection at the Albright- Knox. Her curatorial practice involves organizing exhibitions from the museum’s collection and working with world-renowned artists on site-specific installations at the museum. She recently organized the collection-based exhibitions Giant Steps: Artists and the 1960s, Drawing: The Beginning of Everything, Picasso: The Artist and His Models, Monet and the Impressionist Revolution, 1860–1910, and Arp, Miró, Calder, as well as a series of exhibitions that examine traditionally defined genres, including For the Love of Things: Still Life, Eye to Eye: Looking Beyond Likeness, and Menagerie: Animals on View.

Past projects with the Albright-Knox include Spencer Tunick’s installation at Buffalo’s Central Terminal and the exhibitions Bodily Space: New Obsessions in Figurative Sculpture, Op Art Revisited: Selections from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Videosphere: A New Generation, Sweet Dreams, Baby! Life of Pop, London to Warhol, Kelly Richardson: Legion, and One
Another: Spiderlike, I Spin Mirrors. She served as the museum’s project director for The Wall: Reshaping Contemporary Chinese Art, a monumental exhibition of contemporary Chinese art that marked the first collaboration between American art museums and a major Chinese art institution.

Hughes holds undergraduate degrees in Fine Art, with a concentration in photography, and Art History from Buffalo State College and a Master’s degree with a major concentration in Contemporary Art and a minor concentration in Indigenous Art from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Tina Rivers Ryan, PhD
Assistant Curator
Research Lead for Iceland

Dr. Tina Rivers Ryan joined the Albright-Knox in 2017. Her curatorial projects to date include Introducing Tony Conrad: A Retrospective, with Chief Curator Cathleen Chaffee; We the People: New Art from the Collection, with Peggy Pierce Elfvin Director Janne Sirén; Aria Dean, and Kawita Vatanajyankur: Foul Play. From 2015 to 2017, Ryan was a Curatorial Research Assistant in the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. She also previously held internships at MoMA/PS1, the New Museum, and the ICA Boston, and taught courses on contemporary art at MoMA, Columbia University, and the Pratt Institute.

Ryan received her PhD from the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University in 2016. She also holds three master’s degrees from Columbia University and the University of California, Irvine, and completed her undergraduate studies at Harvard.

Ryan’s writing has been published in Artforum, Art in America, Even, Art Journal, and Framework: The Journal of Cinema and Media, as well as in several edited anthologies and exhibition catalogues. She has presented conference papers and invited lectures internationally, including talks at New York University’s “Topics in Time-Based Media Art Conservation” speaker series in 2016 and the MediaArtHistories conference in Montréal in 2015. A specialist in postwar and contemporary art, Ryan is particularly interested in artists working with time-based and new media technologies.

Andrea Alvarez
Curatorial Assistant
Research Lead for Finland

Andrea Alvarez joined the Albright-Knox in 2017 as Curatorial Fellow and became Curatorial Assistant in 2018. Her curatorial projects with the Albright-Knox include coorganizing We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965–85 and The Swindle: Art Between Seeing and Believing. In addition to her work at the museum, Alvarez is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Art History at Virginia Commonwealth University School
of the Arts. In that capacity, she specializes in postwar American art, with a special interest in the intersection between contemporary art and philosophy. Her dissertation is on the topic of Josef Albers’s art and pedagogy. Previously, she served as the Director of Exhibitions at the VCUarts Anderson Gallery, taught Art History at Virginia Commonwealth
University, and interned at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Her education includes a Master’s degree from VCUarts and a BA degree from The College of William and Mary.

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