Ian Alden RussellIan Alden Russell is a contemporary art curator, strategist and thought leader working internationally with artists and organizations. He currently holds the posts of Curator at Brown University’s David Winton Bell Gallery and Project Development Consultant for Tania Bruguera’s commission for the Turbine Hall at the Tate Modern. He is also a Lecturer in the Rhode Island School of Design’s Glass Department and was previously Assistant Professor of Curating and Contemporary Art at Koç University in Istanbul, Turkey and a guest lecturer at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His curatorial practice and critical writings address aesthetics, historical materialism, political ecology, new media and socially engaged practice.

Recent exhibitions include On Protest, Art and Activism featuring Paul Chan with Badlands Unlimited, Hermine Freed, Ja’Tovia Gary, Theaster Gates, Josephine Meckseper, Howardena Pindell, Suzanne Lacy, Martha Rosler and Dread Scott, Melvin Edwards’s Festivals, Funerals, and New Life, Pierre Huyghe’s Untitled (Human Mask), Artpace San Antonio’s 2015 International-Artist-in-Residence program, the Brown University 250th Anniversary Alumni Exhibitions featuring Taryn Simon, Paul Ramirez Jonas, Kerry Tribe, Sarah Morris, Rob Reynolds and Dawn Clements and the premiers of Mark Dion’s Against the Current at Ormston House in Limerick, Fatma Bucak’s And men turned their faces from there, Vincent Valdez’s The Strangest Fruit, Wafaa Bilal’s The Ashes Series and Jin Shan 靳山’s My dad is Li Gang! 我爸是李刚!. Public art projects include Tom Friedman’s Circle Dance and Dennis McNulty’s Windshield (2011), both on Brown’s campus, and Sean Lynch’s Clanbrassil Street ‘Zines and Ursula Rani Sarma’s Home Project in Dublin, Ireland. Recent projects include contributions to the Safina Radio Project at the 56th Venice Biennale, the Hong Kong Umbrella Festival responding to the 2014 Hong Kong Demonstrations, “Socially Engaged Art Practices and Education in Contemporary Discourse” at UNIDEE, Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto and An Innocent City in Istanbul, Turkey responding to Orhan Pamuk’s Museum of Innocence.

He has been a visiting critic at the Rhode Island School of Design, School of Visual Arts New York and University of Texas, Austin, and he has been invited to give lectures at the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Columbia University, Contemporary Istanbul, Fudan University in Shanghai, Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, Harvard University, New York University, Stanford University, University of Cambridge, University of Shanghai, University of Texas, Austin and Williams College. His writings have been published by Cambridge University Press, Cittadellarte, deCordova Museum & Sculpture Park, Lars Muller Publishers, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Oxford University Press, Springer-Kluwer and Yapı Kredi Publishers.

Born in Richmond, Virginia and educated in Ireland, he holds a Ph.D. in History from Trinity College Dublin and has held fellowships at Brown University, University of Notre Dame and University College Dublin. He currently lives in Providence, Rhode Island.