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.
11:30am | 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, the speakers will identify the opportunities and challenges of artists working within the world’s fastest growing continent. How has this rapid growth impacted artists in the marketplace today? This question will be considered through the voices of institutional and independent curators, and a collector.
Yesomi Umolu, Image: Trumpie Photography
1:00–2:00pm | Documenta 14 | South: A State of Mind
Featuring Artists Irena Haiduk, Claire Pentecost and Angelo Plessas. Moderated by Dieter Roelstraete, Curator | Documenta 14.
A roundtable devoted to Documenta, the quinquennial exhibition of contemporary art held in Kassel since 1955; Roelstraete will moderate a conversation between participants from past Documenta editions and artists taking part in the upcoming 14th iteration, which will take place simultaneously in Athens, Greece, and Kassel, Germany. Discussing the exhibition’s temporary relocation to the crisis-stricken Greek capital in particular, this panel will focus on large-scale exhibition making and globalized art practice in relation to intensifying socio-economic instability and uncertainty. Presented in partnership with Goethe Institut Chicago.
2:30–3:00pm | A History of Performance in 20 Minutes
Featuring Guillaume Désanges, Curator and Art Critic with Frédéric Cherboeuf, Performer.
Led by Désanges, along with Cherboeuf, the two explore the history of performance art through gesture and movement, creating a living exhibition separate from objects and traditional historical discourse. The presentation has previously been exhibited at the Centre Pompidou (Paris), De Appel (Amsterdam) Artists Space (New York), Centre d’Art Santa Monica (Barcelona) and U-TURN (Copenhagen), among other major institutions.
ART & LANGUAGE Symposium
ART & LANGUAGE’s Mel Ramsden and Michael Baldwin
3:30 pm | Conceptual Paradise
Featuring Director of the film Conceptual Paradise Stefan Römer, Collector and Founder of The Philippe Méaille Collection - Château de Montsoreau Philippe Méaille, Independent Curator Guillaume Désanges and International Curator of The Philippe Méaille Collection - Château de Montsoreau 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 at the Gene Siskel Film Center on Wednesday, September 21 at 8:00pm. Presented in partnership with the Goethe Institut Chicago. Ticketed event.
4:30pm | 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 - Château de Montsoreau 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 in conversation with Mayo Thompson of The Red Crayola. 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.
11:30am–12:30pm | EXPO VIDEO | In Conversation
Featuring Artists in conversation with Daria de Beauvais, 2016 EXPO VIDEO Curator and Curator | Palais de Tokyo
Curator Daria de Beauvais will be in conversation with selected artists on their work included in the 2016 program. EXPO VIDEO will be on view at the west end of Festival Halls A & B. A full list of selected artists will be announced at a later date.
1:00–2:00pm | Hans Ulrich Obrist | In Conversation with Joseph Grigely
Join internationally renowned curator Hans Ulrich Obrist, Co-director of Exhibitions and Programmes, Director of International Projects | Serpentine Galleries, in conversation with Chicago-based artist and academic Joseph Grigely on the legacy and importance of his work.
Hans Ulrich Obrist, Image: Roe Ethridge
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 to align with the closing of his retrospective exhibition 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. Kerry James Marshall: Mastry, a survey of his paintings from the last 35 years, will soon travel to The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Presented in partnership with the MCA.
4:00–5:00pm | Picturing Punk: The Legacy of Mark Morrisroe
Featuring Beatrix Ruf, Director of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and Jack Pierson, Artist. Moderated by Linda Yablonsky, Artforum
This panel will focus on the work of artist Mark Morrisroe (1959–1989), providing an insight into the radical and innovative output of his short career. Known for his performances and photographic work, Morrisroe was germane to the development of the punk scene in Boston in the 1970s, and mid–late 1980s in New York City. This discussion will expand on first comprehensive monograph on the artist’s work published in 2011, edited by Ruf with contributions by Yablonsky, alongside Jack Pierson, an artist from the group of photographers known as the Boston School.
Beatrix Ruf, Image: Robin de Puy
5:30–6:30pm | Aperture Live: On the Direct Gaze
Featuring Deana Lawson, Artist, and Franklin Sirmans, Director of the Pérez Art Museum Miami. Moderated by Brendan Wattenberg, Managing Editor of Aperture Magazine
Join photographer Deana Lawson for a conversation about style, beauty, and African American identity in photography in conversation with Franklin Sirmans, moderated by Brendan Wattenberg, Managing Editor of Aperture Magazine. For Lawson, a Guggenheim Fellow and featured artist in MoMA's New Photography exhibition in 2011 and recent solo exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago, an intense curiosity about cultural dynamics sets the tone for striking, large-format images taken in the US, the Caribbean, and Africa. Presented in partnership with the Aperture Foundation
11:30am–12:30pm | Publication as Exhibition
Featuring Stefano Cernuschi | Mousse Publishing; Jens Hoffmann | The Exhibitionist; Helena Vilalta | Afterall; and Forrest Nash | Contemporary Art Daily. Moderated by Cay-Sophie Rabinowitz | Founding Director and Publisher of OSMOS
This panel will examine how publishing models have influenced the production of exhibitions, and vice versa, since the 1960s. Featuring voices from different platforms—from art book publishing and editorial focuses on curating, to online formats and publication-owned project spaces—this discussion will trace how each of these sites for contemporary art has shifted in recent years. Presented in partnership with the Italian Cultural Institute.
Jens Hoffman, Image: Robert Adler
1:00–2:00pm | Pablo León de la Barra | In Conversation
Pablo León de la Barra is an independent curator based in London and New York. As a curator at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum for the Latin American phase of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative, as well part of the curatorial team for SITElines.2016, the biennial whose 2016 program is devoted to New Perspectives on Art of the Americas, León de la Barra will discuss his current projects and cultural work.
2:30–3:30pm | Curating in Place
Featuring Dan Handel, Curator of Design and Architecture | Israel Museum; Aric Chen, Lead Curator for Design and Architecture | M+, Hong Kong, Zoë Ryan, Chair and John H. Bryan Curator of Architecture and Design | Art Institute of Chicago; and James Zemaitis, Curator and Director of Museum Relations | R & Company. Moderated by Jonathan Solomon, Director of the Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture and Designed Objects | The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
This panel will consider contemporary approaches to the collection and exhibition of architecture and design. Considering both how design is influenced by the places in which it is conceived, fabricated and used; and the local and global influences on design exhibition, this discussion will trace current practices of curating in the field today. Presented in partnership with the William Bronson and Grayce Slovet and Mitchell Lecture Series in Architecture, Interior Architecture and Designed Objects at the School of The Art Institute of Chicago and support from the Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest.
Aric Chen, 2016