Camilo Alvarez, Owner/Director/Curator/Preparator of Samsøn gallery in Boston’s South End is a very busy dude. As many can attest, he champions contemporary art and artists, not only through his gallery, but also at art fairs and international exhibitions. So we were fortunate to catch up with him, and ask him our curator 8 questions (in a series we’re calling, yup, “Cur8or”).
The current Mark Cooper show is entitled More Is More. Explain? It comes from an old Chinese proverb.
Being a curator is like a) flying a plane, b) being a gardener or c) waiting for the subway to come? I would say more like being a gardener. I am helping sometimes to sow, often to grow and eventually reap.
What’s the most surprising response you’ve overheard when someone is looking at work in your gallery? Is this all your work?
The unauthorized biography of your life is titled: strange company
Share a surprise twist in the Camilo Alvarez story. I’m curious?
What is the most misunderstood aspect of being a curator? That there is a set way to do things…
What are you currently reading? I read a lot at the same time so: A Life of Trouble by Marcia Tucker, Sex Before Dawn, In Defense of Lost Causes by Slavoj Zizek.
If Duchamp walked into your gallery, what would he say? Chess?
450 Harrison Avenue/29 Thayer Street, Boston, MA 02118
Mark Cooper: More is More
October 21 – December 10, 2011
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 11AM – 6PM
Some Sundays: 12 – 5PM and by appointment