Transitory Concepts

Hendrik Folkerts

Lecture & Reception


Hendrik Folkerts, recently appointed Dittmer Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, presents a keynote lecture to commence our 2017–18 program season. To envision his role at the museum, Folkerts discusses three concepts that have been formative for his development as a curator, from the Stedelijk Museum (2010–15) via documenta 14 (Athens/Kassel, 2014–17) to the Art Institute of Chicago (the future): “corpoliteracy” as the ability to look, read and learn through the body; the “transhistorical” as a lens through which to look at different historical periods and movements not as sequential but as parallel and continuously affecting each other; and lastly, the notion of “assembly” or looking at new ways of coming together and collectivity. In reference to his previous curatorial endeavors, Folkerts proposes these concepts as transitory—temporary moments of the radical that live through the spaces and bodies he is working with.


Folkerts previously held positions of global scope and impact as a curator at documenta 14, Kassel/Athens (2014-present); as curator of performance, film & discursive programs at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2010-2015); and as the coordinator of the curatorial program at De Appel arts centre, Amsterdam (2009-2011). Folkerts holds an MA in art history from the University of Amsterdam.


Presented with the Department of Learning and Public Engagement

Hendrik Folkerts, Dittmer Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Art Institute of Chicago. © Gina Folly