November 18, 2008 - Art Basel - Art Basel Conversations
November 18, 2008

Art Basel Conversations

Art Basel Conversations
Daily from Thursday, December 4,
until Sunday, December 7, 2008
10 – 11 a.m.: Panel Discussion
11 – 11.30 a.m.: Meet the Panelists

Art Guest Lounge, Entrance D,
Miami Beach Convention Center

Art Basel Conversations
By staging public encounters between leading cultural figures, Art Basel Conversations offers the show’s audience access to first-hand information on important aspects of the international artworld. It is a forum that encourages a lively exchange of ideas, through a series of platform discussions that can range from single artists exploring their practice to larger panels that include the leading players within various scenes and fields of artistic activity.

The themes of Art Basel Conversations focus on producing, collecting, and exhibiting art. Distinguished artists, art collectors, museum directors, curators, critics, gallerists, publishers, and others active in the cultural sphere take part. Presenting their current and upcoming projects, reporting on their experiences and commenting on the challenges they face, these speakers provide an insider’s view and open up the opportunity for dynamic and inspiring dialog. After each Art Basel Conversation, there is time allotted for the audience to approach the panel in a more informal fashion.

THURSDAY | December 4 | Premiere | Artist Talk
Chuck Close
, Artist, New York; Vik Muniz, Artist, New York
Moderator | Richard Flood, Chief Curator, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York

Friday | Dec 5 | The Future of the Museum | Africa, America and the World

What art institutions does Africa have and need?
What is its relationship to America and the broader artworld?
What are the challenges for producing, collecting, exhibiting, conserving, and researching contemporary art in Africa?
What are the role of artists, institutions, collectors, galleries and foundations?
How are the art scenes in Africa relating to the international artworld?
What are the effects of globalisation on its artists and different art scenes?

Speakers | Eungie Joo, Keith Haring Director of Education and Public Programs, New Museum, New York and Commissioner of the Korean Pavilion, 2009 Venice Biennale; Glenn Ligon, Artist, New York; Raphael Chikukwa, Independent Curator, Harare/London

Co Moderators | Thelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; Hans Ulrich Obrist, Co-Director of Exhibitions and Programmes and Director of International Projects, Serpentine Gallery, London

Public/Private | The Artist as Philanthropist

What are the increasingly important roles that artist-endowed foundations are playing in the today’s artworld?
Which are the risks, opportunities and challenges of funding such a foundation?
How do artist-endowed foundations vary in their activities?
What are the aims and focus of these foundations?

Speakers | Charles C. Bergman, President and CEO, Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New York; Jack Flam, President, The Dedalus Foundation, New York; Jack Cowart, Executive Director, Roy Lichtenstein Foundation, New York; Christine J. Vincent, Director, National Study of Artist-Endowed Foundations, The Aspen Institute, Washington D.C.; Nicholas Fox Weber, Executive Director, Josef & Anni Albers Foundation, Bethany, Connecticut

Moderator | Andras Szanto, author, consultant to arts and philanthropic organizations, New York

SUNDAY | Dec 7
Artistic Production | Los Angeles, an Alternate Artworld Model?

What are the main drivers for the art scene in Los Angeles?
How do the interaction between the artists’ generations come into play?
How do the different art sectors influence each other?
What role do art schools play?
And what impacts do galleries have?

Speakers | Billy Al Bengston, Artist, Venice, California; Sterling Ruby, Artist, Los Angeles; Paul Schimmel, Chief Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

Moderator | Russell Ferguson, Chair, UCLA Department of Art, Los Angeles

Further panelist to be confirmed

Final program available at the Information Desks.

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