The Now Museum: Contemporary Art, Curating Histories, Alternative Models

On March 10th-13th at the CUNY Graduate Center and the New Museum, a conference: “The Now Museum: Contemporary Art, Curating Histories, Alternative Models.” UPDATE: Video is online at the ICI website.Description:

This conference aims to tackle key questions around the museum as an institutional entity and contemporary art as an art historical category. Speakers will provide an overview of developments across the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Particular attention will be paid to the construction of historical narratives (or their abandonment) through collection displays; the role of research in relation to contemporary art; the alternative models that are already having an impact, and their relationship to more traditional museum infrastructures.

Panel discussions include:

  • “Exhibition Machines” with Paul Chan and Philippe Vergne
  • “Revisiting The Late Capitalist Museum” with Bruce Altshuler, Manuel Borja-Villel, Beatriz Colomina, Johanna Burton
  • “Sources of the Contemporary Museum” with Carlos Basualdo, Pamela M. Lee
  • “The Artist’s Perspective” with Dara Birnbaum and Ute Meta Bauer
  • “Contemporanizing History/Historicizing the Contemporary” with Okwui Enwezor, Annie Fletcher, Massimiliano Gioni, Terry Smith, Claire Bishop
  • “Extending Infrastructures, Part I: Platforms & Networks” with Zdenka Badovinac, Anthony Huberman, Maria Lind, Lu Jie, Kate Fowle
  • “Extending Infrastructures, Part II: Bricks & Mortar” with Richard Armstrong, Gabi Ngcobo, Gabriel PĂ©rez-Barreiro, Eungie Joo
  • “What does the museum stand for now?” with Katy Siegel, Dominic Willsdon