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Patrick Flores

In this segment, Leeza Ahmady talks with Patrick Flores, one of the most active curators working in Southeast Asia today, just after completion of his four-month research grant from the Asian Cultural Council to study the modern-to-contemporary shift in American Museums. The conversation, held at They cover a range of issues on the topic of Southeast Asian Art, recorded at Tyler Rollins Fine Art in New York City in October 2010 covers a brief history of modern and contemporary art in Southeast Asia, from the cultural programs of Imelda Marcos to the recent flourish of the “artist-curator.”

Flores discusses his views on the influence (and sometimes lack thereof) of Western Art History on the region and the current challenges faced by SE Asian artists and curators in trying to assimilate into the larger international art community. His unique insights into the various art scenes in this part of the world build a strong case for Southeast Asia’s importance as a hub for new ideas and a force to be reckoned with as contemporary art shifts from a regional to an international discourse. (41 minutes)

Patrick Flores is Professor of Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the University of the Philippines at Diliman, and is the Curator of the University of the Philippines Vargas Museum and Adjunct Curator of the National Art Galleries of the Philippines and Singapore. A recognized scholar in the fields of Philippine and Asian art, Flores has organized several national and international platforms, including Luz: Traces of Depiction at the National Museum of the Philippines (2006), and Under Construction: New Dimensions of Asian Art at the Japan Foundation Asia Center (2000-2003). In 2008, he was a curator for the Position Papers series at the Gwangju Biennale. Flores is the author of numerous articles and several books concerning Philippine art.


Dialogues in Asian Contemporary Art


In collaboration with Clocktower Radio (formerly, Leeza Ahmady, independent curator and director of Asian Contemporary Art Week (ACAW), conducts interviews with artists, curators, critics, and experts working both inside and outside of Asia. The program will include Ahmady's reports from around town and will feature select recordings of conversations, talks, and panel discussions across venues in New York City.

Born in Afghanistan and based in New York, Ahmady is an independent art curator, educator, and noted specialist in art from Central Asia. As the director of Asian Contemporary Art Week (ACAW) at Asia Society, Ahmady brings together leading New York City galleries and museums to participate in special exhibitions, receptions, lectures, and performances citywide.

Asian Contemporary Art Week connects leading New York City galleries and museums in a citywide event comprised of public exhibitions, receptions, lectures and performances. The Week focuses on the broad spectrum of artworks produced by Asian contemporary artists working in their home countries and abroad. Asian Contemporary Art Week is organized by Asian Contemporary Art Consortium. Clocktower Radio is a media sponsor for the events and the recordings collected over the years are available in this section of the archive.

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