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Open Call: Formula 1

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CUE Curatorial Fellows Simon Wu and Mira Dayal announce an open call to artists, curators, thinkers, and cultural producers to submit formulas for successful works of contemporary art. Merging interests in trends, big data, and art history, we ask you to submit formulas that describe artworks you believe have garnered some form of popular, economic, or critical success in the past five years.


Skeletal structure + live element or lifelike material + identity politics = contemporary sculpture
Social cause + school children + newly endowed institutional fund = socially-engaged artwork

Rather than cynical, this open call aims to be generative. How can formula-making be a productive, reflective, and historically-conscious tool? Selected formulas will be used to commission an exhibition of new work, entitled Formula 1, at CUE Art Foundation this spring. Additional formulas will be published in the exhibition catalogue.

Submit your formula here by September 15th, 2018. If you have questions about this application or process, please email Mira Dayal (, Simon Wu (, or CUE Art Foundation (

Formula 1 is the winning selection from the 2018-19 Open Call for Curatorial Projects. The proposal was unanimously selected by a jury comprised of panelists Ali Banisadr, artist; Andrianna Campbell, art historian and writer; and Steffani Jemison, artist. In line with CUE’s commitment to providing substantive professional development opportunities, panelists also serve as mentors to the exhibiting artists, providing support throughout the process of developing the exhibition. We are honored to work with Andrianna Campbell as the Mentor of this exhibition.