Julie Ault is an artist who frequently assumes a curatorial role as a form of practice, individually and collaboratively organizing exhibitions, multiform projects and publications. Her work emphasizes interrelationships between cultural production and politics. She is the co-author of Critical Condition: Selected Texts in Dialogue, (2003) with Martin Beck and the editor of Alternative Art New York 1965-1985 (University of Minnesota Press and The Drawing Center, New York, 2002), an in-depth history of New York’s alternative art scene. Ault co-founded Group Material, a New York-based artists collaborative that produced over fifty exhibitions and public projects exploring relationships between politics and aesthetics between 1979 and 1996. She has collaborated with Martin Beck to create projects including Social Landscape at the Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC, 2004, and the exhibition Outdoor Systems, Indoor Distribution at the NGBK, Berlin, 2000. She has taught at Ecole Suprieure d’Art Visuel in Geneva, UCLA, the Rhode Island School of Design, CalArts, and the Cooper Union. Ault’s visit is co-sponsored by a Meadows Foundation grant for her participation in the Collecting and Collectivity Symposium being held in conjunction with the College Art Association national conference in Dallas.