March 16, 2014 - Cultural Services of the French Embassy - ART2
March 16, 2014


Design: M/M (Paris).

An international platform on contemporary art
April 1–28, 2014

New York


The Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States is pleased to announce ART2, a month-long visual arts festival exploring ideas and themes paramount to the international art world, which will be presented with 42 partner museums, galleries, universities, and non-profit spaces in New York during April. The culmination of 18 months of cross-cultural research, ART2 will consider seven main issues prevalent in today’s patently global art world through 35 exhibitions, talks, events, workshops, symposiums and conferences by French and American art experts, with the goal of encouraging intellectual discourse between institutions, artists, scholars, students and the public. 

The conversations and workshops aim to generate constructive debate and explore the differences among French and American culture. More than an event-driven project, ART2 was conceived as a platform for generating “intellectual friction” between artists, arts professionals and those interested in contemporary art. 

ART2 and its various components are organized around seven areas of investigation, curated by renowned art experts:

The Exhibition Machine (a history of exhibitions by artists), curated by Florence Ostende (curator, writer and art historian)

Art & Value, curated by Fionn Meade (curator and writer)

Museums Today, with Glenn D. Lowry (MoMA), Richard Armstrong (Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum), Adam Weinberg and his curatorial team (Whitney Museum of American Art), Thomas P. Campbell (Metropolitan Museum of Art), Michael Govan (LACMA), Martin Bethenod (Punta della Dogana–Palazzo Grassi–Fondation Pinault), Yasmil Raymond (Dia Art Foundation), Alain Seban (Centre Pompidou), Jean-Luc Martinez (Musée du Louvre), Xavier Douroux (Le Consortium), Peter Reed (Senior Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs, MoMA), András Szántó, (writer, researcher, and advisor to cultural and philanthropic organizations) and Sophie Claudel (Cultural Attaché, Head of the Arts Department at the French Embassy in New York)

Art & Society, curated by Alexander Nagel (Institute of Fine Arts/ New York University) and Thomas Crow (Institute of Fine Arts/New York University); Tom Eccles (CCS Bard College) and Fionn Meade (Bard College and Columbia University)

Composing Differences, curated by Virginie Bobin (curator and writer)

The New Existentialism, curated by Tim Griffin (director, The Kitchen)

Art Criticism on the Radio, with Arnaud Laporte (journalist, La Dispute/France Culture) and Sandrine Treiner (deputy director, France Culture), and guests

On the occasion of this festival, four catalogues will be published (fall/winter 2014) by les presses du réel – New York Series

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