May 4, 2002 - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum - The Museum As Medium Symposium at The Guggenheim Museum
May 4, 2002

The Museum As Medium Symposium at The Guggenheim Museum

The Museum As Medium: Symposium at The Guggenheim Museum
Saturday, May 11, 2002

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Avenue
New York City


Saturday, May 11, 2002


Museums in the 20th century have been shaped by the vision of contemporary artists, curators, and educators who have searched various strategies of communication with audiences. Join us for a dynamic exploration of the contemporary art museum as a tool for critical thought, dialogue, and learning. The first of this two-part international symposium took place in Mexico City on April 27; the Guggenheim Museum in New York hosts the concluding half. Both parts of this symposium examine artistic and museum practices as they relate to collecting and found objects, the museum environment, and the crossing of physical and theoretical boundaries of the art institution.

Guggenheim Museum

1071 Fifth Avenue

$10 general public ($7 for members, students, and seniors)


Keynote Speaker: Stephen Jay Gould, Author and Professor of Geology and Zoology, Harvard University

Participants include:

Francis Alys, artist

Marco Barrera Bassols, Director, Museum of Natural History, Mexico City

Norton Batkin, Director of the Graduate Program, Bard Center for Curatorial Studies

Barbara Bloom, artist

Nicolás Bourriaud, Co-director, Palais de Tokyo, Paris

Abraham Cruzvillegas, artist

Michael Fehr, Director, Karl Ernst Osthaus Museum, Hagen

Pablo Helguera, Senior Education Program Manager, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, artist

Christine Hill, artist

Allan McCollum, artist

James Putnam, Curator, Contemporary Arts and Cultures Program, British Museum, London

Osvaldo Sánchez, Independent critic and curator, Mexico City

Nancy Spector, Curator of Contemporary Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Gregory Volk, independent critic and curator, New York

Fred Wilson, Artist

The Museum as Medium has been organized by Pablo Helguera.

Comments from the Mexico City section of the symposium include:

Lynne Cooke, chief Curator, Dia Center for the Arts

James Elkins, Professor, Department of Art History and Criticism, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Andrea Fraser, artist

Cuauhtémoc Medina, independent critic and curator, Mexico City

Muntadas, artist

Cornelia Parker, artist

Julian Zugazagoitia, Executive Assistant to the Director, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

and others.


10am Keynote Speech

11am-12:30 The Museum Environment

Panelists: Barbara Bloom, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Michael Fehr, Fred Wilson

Moderator: Norton Batkin

12:30-1:30 break

1:30-3:00 Redefining the Museum Practice

Panelists: Marco Barrera Bassols, Allan McCollum, James Putnam, Gregory Volk

Moderator: Pablo Helguera

3:00-4:30: Contesting the Museum’s Boundaries

Panelists: Nicolas Bourriaud, Christine Hill, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Osvaldo Sánchez

Moderator: Nancy Spector

For further information please go to:

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