Free admission, reservations recommended.
This half-day symposium, organized in collaboration with artist Cai Guo-Qiang, focuses on creativity, artistic expression and methodology.
At a time when major exhibitions and biennials often focus on popular topics such as the environment, violent conflict, and cultural identity and context, there continues to be a lack of direct inquiry into the creative process and artists themselves. This was an issue raised in the recent exhibition curated by Cai Guo-Qiang at the Qatar Museum in Doha entitled What About the Art? Contemporary Art from China. While these sociopolitical topics are important, equally crucial is a focus on artworks and artistic practices. Two specialized examine the importance of these considerations when curating in a global context.
The artist, curator, and critic Robert Storr will give a keynote presentation; other participants include the artist and curator Cai Guo-Qiang; visual artist Ann Hamilton; Tim Griffin, Executive Director and Chief Curator at The Kitchen;Laura Hoptman, Curator, Painting and Sculpture, The Museum of Modern Art; Joachim Pissarro, Bershad Professor of Art History and Director of the Hunter College Art Galleries; andNancy Spector, Deputy Director and Chief Curator at the Brooklyn Museum.
The symposium will open with a screening of the 70-minute documentary film What About the Art? (directed by Shanshan Xia) featuring Cai Guo-Qiang’s candid conversations with thirty international artists and specialists on questions surrounding the exhibition.