Bringing together the world’s leading artists, museum directors, collectors, and curators, Art Basel in Miami Beach’s daily line up of events offers dynamic dialogs between prominent members of the international art world. Featured artists include Doug Aitken, Cory Arcangel, John Baldessari, Dara Birnbaum, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Jim Drain, Olafur Eliasson, Tracey Emin, Cécile B. Evans, Naomi Fisher, Mario Garcia Torres, Kate Gilmore, Ellen Harvey, Camille Henrot, Brian Khek, Joseph Kosuth, Alicja Kwade, Sharon Louden, Rashaad Newsome, Mungo Thomson, Ry Rocklen, Gabriel Sierra, Frances Stark, Brian Tolle, Erika Verzutti, Allyson Vieira and Robert Whitman.
This year’s CONVERSATIONS PROGRAM in Miami Beach launches on Thursday, December 5 with the Premiere Artist Talk by the American multimedia artist Doug Aitken, discussing his recent nomadic project ‘Station to Station’ in conversation with Artforum Editor Michelle Kuo.
The 2013 Conversations program features a particularly strong line-up of leading international museum directors and curators. Drawing on recent experiences with transnational initiatives and collaborations, a panel of leading curators and museum directors and curators, including Patrick Charpenel, Chris Dercon, Chus Martinez and Alexandra Munroe, explores the benefits and pitfalls of museums going global. The program includes the continuation of a series launched at Art Basel in Hong Kong earlier this year ‘The Artist and the Gallerist’ with a conversation between the artist Abraham Cruzvillegas and Monica Manzutto and Jose Kuri, the founders of kurimanzutto, Mexico City. The series concludes with a panel discussion among artists including Cory Arcangel, Cécile B. Evans, Camille Henrot, and Robert Whitman, whose work relates to technological developments and digital realm moderated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Co- Director, Serpentine Gallery, London. The Conversations series is presented by Absolut.
An open platform for shorter, often informal presentations, the afternoon Salon program features artist talks, panel discussions, lectures and book launches with curators, museum directors, lawyers, and artists, including from the show’s Public and Film sectors. Topics are as varied as the participants, ranging from artist talks, a presentation on Constructive Art Criticism in Latin America, to a roundtable conversation on the role of small-scale arts institutions and a discussion entitled ‘Bankrupt Cities. Endangered Museums: Learning From the Case of the Detroit Institute of Arts’. A series of engaging pairings – the artist Tracey Emin with Sir Norman Rosenthal; John Baldessari with Hans Ulrich Obrist; Olafur Eliasson with Klaus Biesenbach; and Josh Baer of the Baer Faxt with the artist Joseph Kosuth – promise to provide unique insight into the artists practice, the balance between the art market and art history.
Conversations takes place daily from Thursday, December 5 to Sunday, December 8, 10am to 11:30am – and Salon daily Thursday, December 5 to Sunday, December 8, from 1pm to 7pm (Sunday to 4pm). Both programs take place in the Hall C auditorium of the Miami Beach Convention Center. Talks from the Conversations program are free to the public. Art Basel entry tickets include admission to Conversations and Salon.
DETAILED CONVERSATIONS PROGRAM
Thursday, December 5 – Premiere | Artist Talk | Doug Aitken
Doug Aitken inaugurates Conversations with a discussion about his most recent project ‘Station to Station’. This nomadic ‘happening’ took place on a train that visited cities, towns and remote locations is an artist-created project that embraced constantly changing stories, unexpected encounters and creative collisions between artists, musicians and creative pioneers.
Doug Aitken, Artist, Los Angeles/New York in conversation with Michelle Kuo, Editor, Artforum, New York
Friday, December 6 – Public/Private | Museums Go Global
Expanding the collecting and exhibiting mandates of many leading western museums is accompanied by a host of unanswered questions: What aspects of global art culture should these institutions embrace? How should museums modify their approaches to collecting, programming, and educating? What institutional models should they adopt? And how are artists and institutions in other parts of the world responding to the intensified regional presence of western institutions? Drawing on recent experiences with global initiatives and collaborations, this panel of leading curators and museum directors will explore the benefits and pitfalls of museums going global.
Patrick Charpenel, Director, Fundación Jumex, Mexico City; Chris Dercon, Director, Tate Modern, London; Chus Martinez, Chief Curator at El Museo del Barrio, New York; Alexandra Munroe, Samsung Senior Curator, Asian Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York with Moderator: András Szántó, Author and Consultant to arts and philanthropic organizations, New York
Saturday, December 7 – The Artist and the Gallerist
Launched at the inaugural Art Basel show in Hong Kong, the series titled ‘The Artist and the Gallerist’ offers a peek behind the curtain of the unique and essential artworld relationship between artists and their representing galleries.
Abraham Cruzvillegas, Artist, Mexico City; Monica Manzutto and Jose Kuri, Founder of kurimanzutto, Mexico City with Moderator: Mark Rappolt, Editor, ArtReview, London
Sunday, December 8 – Artistic Practice | The Artist as Technologist
Offering fresh insights on dynamic models of artistic practice, this panel brings together artists whose work is related to current developments in technology and the realm of the digital. Among the questions: How does the increasing and growing relationship between humankind and digital systems or machines change our perception of art? How does technology and especially the internet unleash artists’ local boundaries and enables them a global spectrum? In what ways does technology and new media or systems catalyze creativity?
Cory Arcangel, Artist, Los Angeles; Cécile B. Evans, Artist, Berlin; Camille Henrot, Artist, Paris; Robert Whitman, Artist and Co-Founder of Experiments in Art and Technology, New York with Moderator: Hans Ulrich Obrist, Co-Director, Serpentine Gallery, London Continue reading