Curator and artist Jo-ey Tang to lead CCAD's Beeler Gallery

May 24, 2017

Jo-ey Tang, Director of Exhibitions at CCAD's Beeler Gallery


COLUMBUS, Ohio — Columbus College of Art & Design is pleased to announce that curator, artist, and art critic Jo-ey Tang will head the college’s Beeler Gallery.

Tang was curator at Palais de Tokyo, Paris, from 2014 to 2015, and arts editor of literary magazine n+1 from 2009 to 2014. He will start at Beeler Gallery on June 15.

“Jo-ey is an incredibly talented curator, artist, and art critic who has produced innovative exhibitions and programming in Europe, Asia, and North America,” CCAD President Melanie Corn said. “We’re thrilled to have him at the helm of CCAD’s Beeler Gallery.”

Tang said he’s looking forward to the vibrant cultural ecology of Columbus, with an eye towards international, national, and local co-productions and collaborations at Beeler Gallery.

“I am excited to join Beeler Gallery at Columbus College of Art & Design to continue its ambitious programming,” Tang said. “I hope to foster an ethos of ’slow programming’ that will counter the speed of production in contemporary art and its contingent fields, to allow for multiple temporalities and deeper encounters with artists, designers, filmmakers, and thinkers, in engaging with their practices, developments, trajectories, and influences.”

Tang was born in Hong Kong and raised in Hong Kong and Oakland, California. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute and a Master of Fine Arts from New York University. He received a New York University post-graduate fellowship to Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris, and has been based in France since 2011. He is currently a researcher at Villa Arson, Nice.

In 2010, Tang founded the curatorial project The Notary Public. The first exhibitions took place in his apartment and included emerging and established artists such as Carol Bove, Elaine Cameron-Weir, Luke Stettner, and B. Wurtz. There, he organized Windblown Jackie Anniversary Stroll, a literary walk led by poet Wayne Koestenbaum in Central Park. In 2013, he curated Forming the Loss in Darkness at Praz-Delavallade, Paris, as part of Nouvelles Vagues, a citywide young curators season initiated by Palais de Tokyo.

As curator at Palais de Tokyo, Tang conducted over 200 studio visits of emerging artists in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Myanmar, Singapore, and Germany. He was chief curator of Inside China – L’Intérieur du Géant (2014), which traveled in expanded forms to K11 Art Foundation Pop-Up Space, Hong Kong (2015), and Chi K11 Art Museum, Shanghai (2015), featuring emerging Chinese and French artists, including Cheng Ran, Aude Pariset, Renaud Jerez, Li Gang, and Yu Ji, alongside 19th-century photographer Nadar. He served on the search committee of le Pavillon Neuflize OBC, the artist-in-residence program and research lab of Palais de Tokyo.

Recently, Tang curated More Than Lovers, More Than Friends, at Centre for Contemporary Art FUTURA, Prague (2016), which included Kasper Bosmans, Sonja Engelhardt, Marthe Ramm Fortun, Jason Hendrik Hansma, Barbora Kleinhamplová, Li Jinghu, Tan Lin, K.r.m. Mooney, Pierre Paulin, Parallel Practice, Carlos Reyes, Ben Schumacher, Augustas Serapinas, and Allison Somers. Tang is a frequent contributor to Artforum and LEAP, and his writing has appeared in Flash Art, Kaleidoscope, ArtAsiaPacific, and This Is Tomorrow. For Kadist Art Foundation, Paris / San Francisco, he produced a series of videos on Barbara Bloom, Gabriel Kuri, Pratchaya Phinthong, R.H. Quaytman, and Maaike Schoorel.

As a visual artist, Tang has exhibited at IAC - Institut d'art contemporain, Villeurbanne / Rhône-Alpes; Lyles & King, New York; Galerie Joseph Tang, Paris; and Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris. His upcoming curatorial works include an exhibition at Kim? Art Center, Riga, Latvia; and a project with the New York-based collective of queer women artists Fierce Pussy (Nancy Brooks Brody, Joy Episalla, Zoe Leonard, and Carrie Yamaoka).

About Beeler Gallery

Beeler Gallery, established in 1993 at Columbus College of Art & Design, is an experimental site for contemporary art practices and its contingent fields. With a public programming of exhibitions, commissions, performances, residencies, workshops, lectures, conversations, and screenings, it is dedicated to enlarging and rethinking the role of a gallery within the context of a school of art and design, as a multi-dimensional hub for learning and the production of knowledge. Beeler Gallery features a 6,000-square-foot exhibition space and screening room, and hosts the Columbus College of Art & Design MFA and BFA thesis exhibitions. For more information about Beeler Gallery, visit

About Columbus College of Art & Design 

Columbus College of Art & Design teaches undergraduate and graduate students in the midst of a thriving creative community in Columbus, Ohio. Founded in 1879, CCAD is one of the oldest private, nonprofit art and design colleges in the United States, offering 12 four-year undergraduate programs and two graduate programs in art and design that produce graduates equipped to shape culture and business at the highest level. For more information, visit

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