22-25 SEPTEMBER 2016



Presented in partnership with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), /Dialogues offers panel discussions, conversations and provocative artistic discourse with leading artists, curators, designers and arts professionals on the current issues that engage them. 




Friday, September 23, 2016

1:00pm | The New Global Economy: Contemporary Art from Africa and its Diaspora in the Marketplace

Featuring Writer and Independent Curator Simon Njami, Collector Kenneth Montague and Logan Center Exhibitions Curator Yesomi Umolu. Moderated by Bomi Odufunade.

This panel will survey how contemporary art practice in Africa has been enacted through globalization. Moderated by Bomi Odufunade, panelists will identify the opportunities and challenges of artists working within the world’s fastest growing continent and examine how this rapid growth has impacted artists in the marketplace today. 


ART & LANGUAGE Symposium


   ART & LANGUAGE’s Mel Ramsden and Michael Baldwin


2:30 pm | Conceptual Paradise

Featuring Director of the film Conceptual Paradise Stefan Römer, Collector and Founder of The Philippe Méaille Collection of ART & LANGUAGE works Philippe Méaille, Independent Curator Guillaume Désanges and International Curator of The Philippe Méaille Collection of ART & LANGUAGE Jill Silverman van Coenegrachts.

Established in the late 1960s, ART & LANGUAGE has been a shifting collaborator practice that many feel launched Conceptual Art. Stemming from the title of Director Stefan Römer’s documentary, Conceptual Paradise*, which examines the debates that allowed the intellectual movement of Conceptual Art to emerge, this panel discussion invites a selection of individuals, including Römer, who have a singular and extensive knowledge of ART & LANGUAGE’s legacy.

*A screening of Conceptual Paradise will take place during EXPO ART WEEK. Schedule to be announced.


4:00pm | Keynote: ART & LANGUAGE

Featuring ART & LANGUAGE’s Mel Ramsden and Michael Baldwin in conversation with Independent Curator Guillaume Désanges and International Curator of The Philippe Méaille Collection of ART & LANGUAGE Jill Silverman van Coenegrachts.

This discussion will examine ART & LANGUAGE’s role in the definition of Conceptual Art, and the creation of a new and ongoing radical paradigm in art and history. The panel will also address how the movement shaped itself while demystifying the heroic figure of the individual artist, and how its foundations are rooted in contemporary epistemological and philosophical issues that first emerged in the 1960s.


ART & LANGUAGE, Painting 1, No. 8, 1966, Verso of certificate, Silver Gelatin Print, Image courtesy of Art & Language


5:30pm | ART & LANGUAGE: Conceptualism and Rock & Roll

Featuring ART & LANGUAGE’s Mel Ramsden and Michael Baldwin. Moderated by Richard Brown Baker Curator of Contemporary Art at the RISD Museum Dominic Molon.

Examining the relationship between Conceptual Art and rock and roll music, this panel delves into the collaboration between ART & LANGUAGE and the experimental rock band Red Krayola which began with Mayo Thompson in 1967. Moderated by Dominic Molon, whose exhibition Sympathy for the Devil: Art and Rock and Roll Since 1967 took place at the MCA in 2007, the discussion will focus on the improbable yet historically fruitful relationship between a music genre associated with intensity and excess and an approach within the contemporary visual arts defined by rigorously reductive and administrative aesthetic. 



Saturday, September 24, 2016

2:30 pm | MCA Presents: Kerry James Marshall In Conversation with Sarah Thornton

Featuring author and cultural sociologist Sarah Thornton and artist Kerry James Marshall. More panelists forthcoming. 

Renowned author and cultural sociologist, Sarah Thornton, will interview Chicago-based artist Kerry James Marshall in conjunction with the artist’s highly anticipated retrospective exhibition concurrently on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (April 23 – September 25, 2016). Considered one of America’s greatest living painters, Marshall explores African American identity in American history and Western art historical movements—from the Renaissance through twentieth century abstraction—in his signature large-scale interiors, landscapes and portraits. Presented in partnership with the MCA.


Artist Kerry James Marshall, Photo: Kendall Karmanian



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