Kathy Rae Huffman

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Kathy Rae Huffman is an independent curator, currently based between Berlin and Los Angeles.

She was lead curator for EXCHANGE AND EVOLUTION: Worldwide Video Long Beach 1974-1999, a Pacific Standard Time exhibition for the Long Beach Museum of Art, as part of the initiative PST coordinated by The Getty Foundation. This exhibition looks at the international program at the Long Beach Museum of Art, and how that influenced international video activity in the Southland.

She was curator for InterSpace, Sofia, Bulgaria for the project TRANSITLAND: Video Art from Central and Eastern Europe 1989-2009, which is currently on tour internationally. She was aksi the international curator for The Exhibition at ISEA, Belfast, 2009, which was held in three locations (publication is online).

Huffman was Visual Arts Director at Cornerhouse, Manchester (2002-2008) where her curatorial work included: Art TV (for The Getty Museum), What do you want? (for the Asian Triennial Manchester 08) and Broadcast Yourself (with Sarah Cook for the AV Festival Newcastle) in 2008; Outside the Box and Central Asian Project (with Julia Sorokina and Anna Harding) in 2007; Nick Crowe: Commemorative Glass in 2006; Marcel Odenbach: The Idea of Africa and Eva Wohlgemuth’s Bodyscan: Instandstillness in 2005; Zineb Sedira: Telling stories with differences (2004); and Grace Weir: A Fine Line (2003).

Huffman received an MFA in Exhibition Design from California State University Long Beach, where she also completed the post-graduate course in Museum Studies. She has held curatorial posts at the Long Beach Museum of Art (1979-1984) and The ICA Boston (1984-1990). She was professor of electronic art and director of EMAC at RPI, Troy, NY 1998-2000.

Huffman has commissioned artists, written about, consulted for, and coordinated events for a variety of international festivals and organizations since the 1980s. Her research focuses around issues of female environments in the Internet, and the history of video, and artists’ television.

She co-founded FACES, an international online community for women media artists (with Diana McCarty and Valie Djordjevic) in 1997.