April 21, 2005 - Etant donnés: The French-American Fund for Contemporary Art - What Now? Art Practice & Public Institutions Today
April 21, 2005

What Now? Art Practice & Public Institutions Today

"What Now? Art Practice & Public Institutions Today"
Thursday April 28th, 2005 at 6:30 pm

A conversation with:
Daniel Birnbaum
Boris Groys
Eungie Joo
Martha Rosler
Philippe Vergne
Anton Vidokle

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Fifth Avenue at 89th Street,
New York, NY 10128

Free admission but limited seating! please RSVP at 212-439-1485

This panel discussion will address ways in which art institutions reflect the changing nature of art practice. The work of many conceptual artists in the 60′s and 70′s had a strong impact on the structure of art institutions and on their evolution over the past decades. Does this process continue now, as the public domain is radically shrinking? Do tendencies emergent from artists’ work still shape the structure of museums and exhibitions, or is this process now initiated by the market side of the art world? How to balance artists’ production needs with the available means, when some of the more recent technologies are perhaps more suitable for Hollywood budgets rather than small nonprofit organizations? What could be new possible models for public institutions today? These and other related questions will be addressed and discussed by the invited speakers.

Organized by Etant donnes in conjunction with the exhibition “The Eye of the Storm: Works in Situ by Daniel Buren” at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

Prof. Dr. Boris Groys is Professor of Philosophy and Art History at the Zentrum fuer Kunst und Medientechnologie (Center for Art and Media Technology) in Karlsruhe. Born in East Berlin, he studied philosophy and mathematics in Leningrad and linguistics in Moscow. He has published numerous titles on intellectual history, philosophy and contemporary art, including the Topologie der Kunst (Topology of Art) from Hanser in 2003. He has been a guest professor and lecturer at institutions internationally. Groys organized “The Art Judgment Show”, a televised talk show on the state of art, in 2001.

Eungie Joo is a member of the current Etant donnes Artistic Committee. She has produced and organized projects, residencies, and exhibitions with Mark Bradford and Glenn Kaino, Sora Kim and Gimhongsok, Barry McGee, Taro Shinoda, Lisa Sigal, Lorna Simpson, and Superflex. She was co-founder of “Six Months: Crenshaw” (2003), a temporary site for conversation, exhibition, performance, and collectivity. Joo received her doctorate in Ethnic Studies at U.C. Berkeley. She is currently working on projects with Kara Walker, Damian Ortega, Edgar Arceneaux and Charles Galnes. Joo is Director and Curator at the Gallery at REDCAT (the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater) in Los Angeles.

Martha Rosler works in video, photo-text, installation, and performance, in her hometown of Brooklyn, New York and internationally. Her work focuses on the public sphere ranging from war to everyday life, often with an eye to women’s experience. She regularly lectures and publishes in her fields and teaches photography and media at Rutgers University. Rosler has exhibited at numerous international venues: the Dia Center in New York, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Venice Biennale, Documenta and several Whitney Biennials, to name a few. Rosler won the 2005 Spectrum International Prize in Photography and her solo exhibition at London’s Institute of Contemporary Art opens in May.

Philippe Vergne is a member of the previous Etant donnes Artistic Committee (2000-2002). As Senior Curator and head of the Visual Arts department at Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, he has given new visibility to artists working in France, such as Thomas Hirshhorn, Huang Yong Ping, Pierre Huyghe and Philippe Parreno. He is co-curator of the next Whitney Biennale and was recently appointed Director of the new Francois Pinault Foundation for Contemporary Art, the largest privately owned arts institution in Europe, scheduled to open in 2007 on the Seine’s Ile Seguin.

Anton Vidokle is a Moscow born artist who’s work has been presented in international exhibitions such as the Venice Biennale, Dakar Biennale, and at the venues such as the Tate Modern, the Musee d’art Modern de la Ville de Paris and the ICA in Boston among many other. Currently based in New York, he is the founding director of e-flux, for which he produced and presented a number of projects and publications including “Do it”, “Next Documenta Should Be Curated By An Artist”, and the upcoming “Image Bank for Everyday Revolutionary Life”. Vidokle will be an artist-in-residence at ArtPace, San Antonio this summer, and is a co-curator of Manifesta 6 in Nicosia.

Etant donnes: The French-American Fund for Contemporary Art is dedicated to nurturing and supporting outstanding programming of contemporary artists form France and the United States. Furthermore, Etant donnes is instrumental in creating a network of curators from both countries who work together and exchange ideas. The Fund, created ten years ago, takes its name from the famed artwork from Marcel Duchamp. By referencing Duchamp’s legacy, Etant donnes underscores the constant interaction between France and the United States in the history of art. The Fund is now expanding on its mission by launching a new Curatorial Research Grant program to encourage innovative projects still in the planning stages.

Etant donnes is a program of FACE and benefits from the support of AFAA (Association Francaise d’Action Artistique), the Delegation aux Arts Plastiques (DAP), The Florence Gould Foundation and BNP Paribas.

This event was made possible thanks to the generous contributions of BNP Paribas EQ&D and Cantillon Capital Management LLC

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