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Helena Reckitt

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PositionSenior Lecturer in Curating
Department Art
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Helena Reckitt

Helena Reckitt is a curator and researcher with extensive international experience in developing curatorial and critical research projects that focus on the overlapping realms of Art, Curating, Feminism and Sexual Politics; Affect & Relationality; and Curatorial Education.  

Her research explores the undetonated potential of earlier moments of cultural and political radicalism, particularly those from the feminist and queer past. Having played a key role in defining, and arguing for the importance of, feminist and queer perspectives on art, theory and activism, recently Reckitt has focused on identifying feminisms that are under-represented within the Anglo-American canon. She explores why these feminisms have been elided, and stages research projects that revisit and reignite them through forms of translation, re-enactment, annotation, and collective reading. Drawing on theories of social reproduction and affect, her research examines the sexual politics of artistic and curatorial labour, including the implications of curators and curatorial students being interpellated as feminized. Connecting these research areas are the numerous exhibitions and discursive events that she has initiated that explore art and curating’s generative potential and relational dimensions.

Her previous roles include Senior Curator of Programmes, the Power Plant, Toronto (2006 – 2010); Senior Director of Exhibitions and Education, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, GA (2002 – 2005); Head of Talks/Deputy Director of Talks, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (1990 – 1998); and Associate Commissioning Editor, Film and Performance Studies, Routledge, London (1988 – 1990).  As an independent curator she has developed projects for Nuit Blanche, City of Toronto; Flux Night, Atlanta; Oakville Galleries, Ontario; Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto; and the ICA, Raven Row, SPACE and The Showroom, London.

Teaching

Prior to arriving at Goldsmiths, Helena served as an adjunct professor for the graduate programme in Art History at York University in Toront, and the Atlanta College of Art and Emory University in Georgia. She was the Clark Collection Critic and Curator in Residence at the University of Victoria in New Zealand.

Professional Projects

Helena is Chair of the Women’s Art Library at Goldsmiths, a member of the Centre for Feminist Research, and an editorial board member for the Goldsmiths Press. She is a board member and Acting Chair for Electra in London. She has served as a consultant or juror for organizations including the Creative Capital Foundation, MCAD/McKnight Foundation, Kentucky Arts Council, City of Toronto, Ontario College of Art and Design, and C Magazine. Her exhibitions and programmes have been supported by grants from public, private and government agencies including the Arts Council of England, National Endowment for the Arts, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Arts, Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation, Bickel Foundation, French Cultural Consul, Goethe Institute, Danish Arts Agency, Mondriaan Foundation, Japan Foundation, Creative New Zealand, and the Canada Council for the Arts. She is on the editorial board of the Journal of Curatorial Studies, is a cofounder of Feminist Curators United (fCu), and is a member of IKT, the international association of curators of contemporary art.

She has written for magazines including Art Papers, C Magazine, New York Arts Magazine, Art Asia Pacific, frieze, and the Times Higher Education Supplement, for the academic periodicals Art Journal, Reading Room, and the Journal of Curatorial Studies, and for books published by Routledge, Manchester University Press, Liverpool University Press, the University of Minnesota Press, Calvert 22, and the Whitechapel Gallery. 

 

Publications

Book Section

Troubling Canons: Curating and Exhibiting Women’s and Feminist Art, A Roundtable Discussion
Reckitt, Helena. 2016. Troubling Canons: Curating and Exhibiting Women’s and Feminist Art, A Roundtable Discussion. In: Ruth E Iskin, ed. Re-envisioning the Contemporary Art Canon: Perspectives in a Global World. New York, NY, and Abingdon, UK: Routledge. ISBN 9781138192683

Not at the beginning and not at the end: A Conversation among Deidre Logue, Allyson Mitchell and Helena Reckitt
Reckitt, Helena; Logue, Deidre and Mitchell, Allyson. 2015. Not at the beginning and not at the end: A Conversation among Deidre Logue, Allyson Mitchell and Helena Reckitt. In: Amelia Jones and Erin Silver, eds. Otherwise: Imagining Queer Feminist Art Histories. Manchester: Manchester University Press, pp. 356-370. ISBN 978-0-7190-9641-9

Forgotten Relations: Feminist Artists and Relational Aesthetics
Reckitt, Helena. 2013. Forgotten Relations: Feminist Artists and Relational Aesthetics. In: Angela Dimitrakaki and Lara Perry, eds. Politics in a Glass: Case Feminism, Exhibition Cultures and Curatorial Transgressions. 7 Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, tbd-tbd. ISBN 9781846318931

Gerard Byrne: Like a Man
Reckitt, Helena. 2013. Gerard Byrne: Like a Man. In: Kirsty Ogg, ed. Gerard Byrne: A State of Neutral Pleasure. London and Stockholm: The Whitechapel Gallery, pp. 36-51. ISBN 978-0-85488-212-0

GENDER ALARM!: Queer Feminist Exhibitions in a ‘Year of Feminist Art’
Reckitt, Helena. 2012. GENDER ALARM!: Queer Feminist Exhibitions in a ‘Year of Feminist Art’. In: Leila Pourtavaf, ed. Féminismes Électriques. Montreal: La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse, pp. 26-41. ISBN 978-2-89091-321-9

Neither to Criticize Nor Glorify: Paul Shambroom's Studied Objectivity
Reckitt, Helena. 2008. Neither to Criticize Nor Glorify: Paul Shambroom's Studied Objectivity. In: Diane Mullin, ed. Paul Shambroom Picturing Power. Minneapolis: Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, pp. 32-45. ISBN 9781933045757

Article

Feminist Tactics of Citation, Annotation, and Translation: Reflections on the Now You Can Go programme
Reckitt, Helena and Moser, Gabrielle. 2016. Feminist Tactics of Citation, Annotation, and Translation: Reflections on the Now You Can Go programme. On.Curating: CURATING in feminist thought(29), pp. 42-48.

Support Acts: Curating, Caring and Social Reproduction
Reckitt, Helena. 2016. Support Acts: Curating, Caring and Social Reproduction. Journal of Curatorial Studies, 5(1), pp. 6-30. ISSN 2045-5836

Mary Daly, Gyn/Ecology
Reckitt, Helena. 2015. Mary Daly, Gyn/Ecology. C Magazine(126), pp. 27-29.

Between Mirrors
Reckitt, Helena. 2014. Between Mirrors. Magic Mirror, pp. 1-17. ISSN 9780992884017

Because the Night: Curating One-Off Nocturnal Events
Reckitt, Helena. 2013. Because the Night: Curating One-Off Nocturnal Events. Art Papers, 37(3), pp. 42-45. ISSN 1524-9581

Katherine Taylor: Heavy Weather
Reckitt, Helena. 2012. Katherine Taylor: Heavy Weather. Katherine Taylor: Heavy Weather, pp. 1-25.

Yoko Ono: To the Light
Reckitt, Helena. 2012. Yoko Ono: To the Light. Times Higher Education Supplement, pp. 19-20.

A House Divided: American Art Since 1955
Reckitt, Helena. 2012. A House Divided: American Art Since 1955. Times Higher Education Supplement, p. 30.

Roundtable: Reading Exhibitions, ed. Natasha Conlon
Reckitt, Helena; Conlon, Natasha; Barton, Christina; Smith, Terry; French, Blair; Newby, Kate and Tamait-Quennell, Megan. 2012. Roundtable: Reading Exhibitions, ed. Natasha Conlon. Reading Room: A Journal of Art and Culture, 5, pp. 150-167.

Christoph Büchel, Piccadilly Community Centre
Reckitt, Helena. 2012. Christoph Büchel, Piccadilly Community Centre. Journal of Curatorial Studies, 1(1), pp. 101-104. ISSN 20455836

Survey on Gender Ratios in Curating Programs
Reckitt, Helena; Malik, Suhail; Burton, Johanna; Hartjes, Natalie and Markopoulos, Leigh. 2012. Survey on Gender Ratios in Curating Programs. Red Hook, pp. 10-16.

‘Enacting Others: Politics of Identity in Eleanor Antin, Nikki S Lee, Adrian Piper and Anna Deveare Smith’, by Cherise Smith
Reckitt, Helena. 2011. ‘Enacting Others: Politics of Identity in Eleanor Antin, Nikki S Lee, Adrian Piper and Anna Deveare Smith’, by Cherise Smith. Times Higher Education Supplement, p. 25.

To Make Time Appear
Reckitt, Helena. 2011. To Make Time Appear. Art Journal, 70(3), pp. 58-63.

Wendelien van Oldenburgh: The Past is Never Dead
Reckitt, Helena. 2010. Wendelien van Oldenburgh: The Past is Never Dead. The Past is Never Dead, pp. 2-3.

Who Was that Woman?
Reckitt, Helena. 2009. Who Was that Woman? C Magazine, 104, pp. 88-103.

Opening a Closing Door: Feminist and Queer Artists as Historians
Reckitt, Helena. 2009. Opening a Closing Door: Feminist and Queer Artists as Historians. Reading Room: A Journal of Art and Culture, pp. 88-103.

Stop Making Sense: Felix Gmelin in conversation with Helena Reckitt
Reckitt, Helena. 2008. Stop Making Sense: Felix Gmelin in conversation with Helena Reckitt. SWITCH, pp. 10-14.

Unusual Suspects: Global Feminisms and WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution
Reckitt, Helena. 2006. Unusual Suspects: Global Feminisms and WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution. n.paradoxa, 18, pp. 34-42. ISSN 1461-0434

Project

Now You Can Go
Reckitt, Helena; Bollettenari, Angelica; Casalini, Giulia; Georgiou, Diana; Guy, Laura; Revell, Irene and Tobin, Amy. 2015. Now You Can Go.

Show/Exhibition

Getting Rid of Ourselves
Reckitt, Helena. 2014. Getting Rid of Ourselves. In: "Getting Rid of Ourselves", OCAD U Onsite Gallery, Canada, July 16 2014 - October 11 2014.

Flux Night: Free Association
Reckitt, Helena. 2013. Flux Night: Free Association. In: "Flux Night: Free Association", Flux Projects, Atlanta, United States, 5 October 2013.

Once More With Feeling, Nuit Blanche
Reckitt, Helena. 2012. Once More With Feeling, Nuit Blanche. In: "Nuit Blanche: Once More With Feeling", Toronto, Canada, 30 September 2012.

Keren Cytter: Based on a True Story
Reckitt, Helena. 2012. Keren Cytter: Based on a True Story. In: "Keren Cytter: Based on a True Story", Oakville Galleries, Ontario, Canada, 14 April – 10 June 2012.

Adaptation: Between Species
Reckitt, Helena. 2010. Adaptation: Between Species. In: "Adaptation: Between Species", The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada, 19 June - 12 August, 2010.

Joachim Koester: Hypnagogia
Reckitt, Helena. 2010. Joachim Koester: Hypnagogia. In: "Joachim Koester: Hypnagogia", The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada, 26 March - 24 May, 2010.

Ryan Trecartin: Any Ever
Reckitt, Helena and Davies, Jon. 2010. Ryan Trecartin: Any Ever. In: "Ryan Trecartin: Any Ever", The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada, The Power Plant: 26 March - 24 May, 2010; LA MOCA: 18 July - 17 October, 2010; MOCA Miami: 24 June - 4 September, 2011; MoMA/PS1: June 19, 2011—September 3, 2011.

Nothing to Declare: Current Sculpture from Canada
Reckitt, Helena. 2009. Nothing to Declare: Current Sculpture from Canada. In: "Nothing to Declare", The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada, 11 December 2009 - 7 March 2010.

Paul Shambroom: Picturing Power
Reckitt, Helena; Mullin, Diane and Scoates, Christopher. 2009. Paul Shambroom: Picturing Power. In: "Paul Shambroom: Picturing Power", Weisman Art Museum- University. of Minnesota, United States, 1 April 2008 - 5 April 2009.

Carey Young: Counter Offer
Reckitt, Helena. 2009. Carey Young: Counter Offer. In: "Carey Young: Counter Offer", The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada, 14 March - 18 May 2009.

Manon de Boer
Reckitt, Helena. 2008. Manon de Boer. In: "Manon de Boer", The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada, 20 September - 23 November, 2008.

Harrell Fletcher: Born out of Pleasure
Reckitt, Helena; Fletcher, Harrell; Bastos, Augusto; Brandt, Thomas; Frey, Sean; Jickling, Hannah; Kobayashi, Alison SM; O'Donnell, Darren; Reed, Helen; Reid, Kerri; Shaw, Kristin; Swintak, Swintak; Tanaka, Maiko; Wah, Amy and Wielonda, Karen. 2008. Harrell Fletcher: Born out of Pleasure. In: "Harrell Fletcher: Born out of Pleasure", The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada.

Not Quite How I Remember It
Reckitt, Helena. 2008. Not Quite How I Remember It. In: "Not Quite How I Remember It", The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada, 7 June - 1 September, 2008.

Auto Emotion: Autobiography, Emotion and Self-fashioning
Reckitt, Helena and Burke, Gregory. 2007. Auto Emotion: Autobiography, Emotion and Self-fashioning. In: "Auto Emotion", The Power PLant, Toronto, Canada, 18 May - 19 August 2007.

Prema Murthy, Space Invaders ; Michael Oliveri, Fast Food, Hydrocarbons and Waves in Outer Space
Reckitt, Helena; Murthy, Prema and Oliveri, Michael. 2004. Prema Murthy, Space Invaders ; Michael Oliveri, Fast Food, Hydrocarbons and Waves in Outer Space. In: "Michael Oliveri and Prema Murthy", Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA, United States, 19 June - 7 August 2004.

What Business Are You In?
Reckitt, Helena. 2004. What Business Are You In?. In: "What Business Are You In?", Atlanta Contemporary Art Centre, GA, United States, 29 January - 26 March 2005.

Conference or Workshop Item

Feminist Durations: Reflections on Italian Feminisms, Disidentification, and the 'Now You Can Go' programme
Reckitt, Helena. 2016. 'Feminist Durations: Reflections on Italian Feminisms, Disidentification, and the 'Now You Can Go' programme'. In: Work, Strike and Self-Abolition: Feminist Perspectives on the Act of Creating Freedom. La Monnaie, Paris, France 1 October 2016.

Productive Refusals
Reckitt, Helena and Martinis Roe, Alex. 2016. 'Productive Refusals'. In: To Become Two. Casco,Office for Art, Design & Theory, Utrecht, Netherlands 20 November 2016 - 2017.

Feminist Durations: Reflections on Italian Feminisms, Human Strike, and the Now You Can Go programme
Reckitt, Helena. 2016. 'Feminist Durations: Reflections on Italian Feminisms, Human Strike, and the Now You Can Go programme'. In: Critical Soiree, part of Oreet Ashery’s Revisiting Genesis. Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston University, London, United Kingdom 21 May 2016.

Citation, Annotation,Translation: Reflections on Italian Feminisms and the Now You Can Go programme
Reckitt, Helena. 2016. 'Citation, Annotation,Translation: Reflections on Italian Feminisms and the Now You Can Go programme'. In: Curating in Feminist Thought. Migros Museum fuer Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, Switzerland 6-7 May 2016.

Seminar and Workshop: Queering Curatorial Practice
Reckitt, Helena and Cervantes, Susana Vargas. 2016. 'Seminar and Workshop: Queering Curatorial Practice'. In: Queering Curatorial Practice. Delfina Foundation, United Kingdom 10 March 016.

Capitalist Artist Scum #1 and #2
Reckitt, Helena; Malik, Suhail; Yuile, Laura; Kulendran Thomas, Christopher; Kulesh, Leslie; Cameron, Angus; Pil & Galia, Kollectiv; DKUK, DKUK; Pollard, Alexander James and Luke, Kristin. 2015. 'Capitalist Artist Scum #1 and #2'. In: FORUM: Capitalist Artist Scum. Open School East, London, United Kingdom 24 September 2015-11 November 2015.

Helena Reckitt in Conversation with Sarah Pucill
Reckitt, Helena and Pucill, Sarah. 2015. 'Helena Reckitt in Conversation with Sarah Pucill'. In: Helena Reckitt in conversation with Sarah Pucill. Nunnery Gallery, United Kingdom 29 April 2015.

Feminist Duration in Art and Curating
Reckitt, Helena and Phillips, Andrea. 2015. 'Feminist Duration in Art and Curating'. In: Feminist Duration in Art and Curating. Goldsmiths, University of London, United Kingdom 16-17 March 2015.

Drama in the Gallery
Reckitt, Helena. 2014. 'Drama in the Gallery'. In: Drama in the Gallery. Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, United Kingdom 5 December 2014.

Experimental Feminisms
Reckitt, Helena; Ahmed, Sara; Phillipson, Heather; Waidner, Isabel and Calver, Julia. 2014. 'Experimental Feminisms'. In: Experimental Feminisms. Centre for Feminist Research, Goldsmiths, United Kingdom 6 June 2014.

Do You Wish To Direct Me? Contemporary artists under the influence of feminism
Reckitt, Helena. 2014. 'Do You Wish To Direct Me? Contemporary artists under the influence of feminism'. In: Dialogues on Conflict - Feminist Perspectives and Art Practice. University of Wales, Trinity Saint David, Swansea, United Kingdom 16 May 2014.

Being Visible: Feminism, Art and the Internet
Reckitt, Helena. 2014. 'Being Visible: Feminism, Art and the Internet'. In: Being Visible: Feminism, Art and the Internet. Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, United Kingdom 10 January 2014.

Joan & Martin Goldfarb Summer Institute, Unexpected Encounters: Sexual Difference and Art Now
Reckitt, Helena. 2013. 'Joan & Martin Goldfarb Summer Institute, Unexpected Encounters: Sexual Difference and Art Now'. In: Joan & Martin Goldfarb Summer Institute, Unexpected Encounters: Sexual Difference and Art Now. York University, School of Art & Art History, Canada May 12 2014.

My Queer Museum
Reckitt, Helena and LGBT, Network. 2013. 'My Queer Museum'. In: My Queer Museum. Victoria & Albert Museum, London, United Kingdom 15 March 2013.

Getting Rid of Yourself
Reckitt, Helena. 2013. 'Getting Rid of Yourself'. In: Socially Engaged Practice: Ethics, Aesthetics, Politics or Economics?. Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow, United Kingdom 2 March 2013.

Feminist Perspectives in Art Productions and Theories of Art
Reckitt, Helena. 2012. 'Feminist Perspectives in Art Productions and Theories of Art'. In: Feminist Perspectives in Art Productions and Theories of Art. Bilbao, Spain 5, 6, 7 October 2012.

Civil Partnerships? Queer and feminist curating
Reckitt, Helena. 2012. 'Civil Partnerships? Queer and feminist curating'. In: Civil Partnerships? Queer and Feminist Curating. Tate Modern, United Kingdom 19 May 2012.

Rehearsal
Reckitt, Helena. 2011. 'Rehearsal'. In: Rehearsal. Adam Auditorium, City Gallery Wellington, New Zealand 17 August 2011.

Performing Publics, Panel on Artists’ Re-enactment
Reckitt, Helena. 2010. 'Performing Publics, Panel on Artists’ Re-enactment'. In: Performing Publics: Artists' Re-enactments. Performance Studies International, Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto, Canada 9 - 13 June 2010.

International Lecture Series: Ryan Trecartin in conversation with Jon Davies and Helena Reckitt
Reckitt, Helena; Trecartin, Ryan and Davies, Jon. 2010. 'International Lecture Series: Ryan Trecartin in conversation with Jon Davies and Helena Reckitt'. In: International Lecture Series: Ryan Trecartin. The Drake Hotel, Toronto, Canada 23 March 2010.

Love is a force that acts as the productive motor of every emancipatory politics
Reckitt, Helena; Blackwell, Adrian and Various, others. 2010. 'Love is a force that acts as the productive motor of every emancipatory politics'. In: Love is a force that acts as the productive motor of every emancipatory politics. JMB Gallery, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada 18 March 2010.

Talk to the Pie 6: 43 After 66, Ian White and Helena Reckitt
Reckitt, Helena and White, Ian. 2009. 'Talk to the Pie 6: 43 After 66, Ian White and Helena Reckitt'. In: Talk to the Pie 6: 43 After 66, Ian White and Helena Reckitt. Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, Canada 10 April 2009.

Urban Field Speakers Series: Carey Young with Helena Reckitt
Reckitt, Helena and Young, Carey. 2009. 'Urban Field Speakers Series: Carey Young with Helena Reckitt'. In: Urban Field Speakers Series: Carey Young with Helena Reckitt. Prefix ICA, Toronto, Canada 10 March 2009.

Vancouver and its Feminisms
Reckitt, Helena. 2008. 'Vancouver and its Feminisms'. In: Vancouver and its Feminisms. Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada 25 October 2008.

Back to the Front: Critical Curatorial Panel
Reckitt, Helena. 2008. 'Back to the Front: Critical Curatorial Panel'. In: CREATING RESISTANCE: Arts Practice/ Political Praxis. University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada 24 October 2008.

Delicate: Art and Post-Millennial Culture
Reckitt, Helena; Rhodes, Richard; Zeppetelli, John and Moore, Gareth. 2008. 'Delicate: Art and Post-Millennial Culture'. In: Delicate: Art and Post-Millennial Culture. Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada 20 September 2008.

Domesticity: Feminist Art and the Idea of the Home
Reckitt, Helena. 2008. 'Domesticity: Feminist Art and the Idea of the Home'. In: Domesticity: Feminist Art and the Idea of the Home. Ulrich Museum, Wichita, Kansas, United States 7 February 2008.

Edited Book

Sanja Iveković: Unknown Heroine - A Reader
Reckitt, Helena, ed. 2014. Sanja Iveković: Unknown Heroine - A Reader. London: Calvert 22. ISBN 9780956962898

Edited Journal

Affect and Relationality
Reckitt, Helena and Fisher, Jennifer, eds. 2016. Affect and Relationality.

Museums and Affect
Fisher, Jennifer and Reckitt, Helena, eds. 2015. Museums and Affect.

The Love Letter Collection: To Represent Them To Themselves
Reckitt, Helena, ed. The Love Letter Collection: To Represent Them To Themselves.

Professional Activity

Feminist Duration Reading Group
Reckitt, Helena. 2015. Feminist Duration Reading Group.

Clark Collection Critic/Curator-in-Residence, Department of Art History, Victoria University, New Zealand
Reckitt, Helena. Clark Collection Critic/Curator-in-Residence, Department of Art History, Victoria University, New Zealand.