Representation and Reparation in Global Contemporary Art

When 27 Sep 2019
10:00AM - 6:00PM
Where The Institute of Fine Arts, NYU
1 East 78th Street
New York, NY 10075
United States
Enquiry 212.992.5800

The rise of global contemporary art has occurred in tandem with the emergence of a global art market and with economic and political polarization on a global scale. While many artists are eager to use their work as an instrument for social and political change, certain collectors and donors often use the cultural prestige of contemporary art to legitimize their economic and political activities. This conference will address the ways these issues impact the making and exhibition of contemporary global art, and the display and ownership of the art of formerly colonized peoples. What are the key political issues addressed by contemporary artists, and how do they imagine the political agency of their work? Can art serve as a form of historical reparation? Who has the right to speak for the victims of past injustice? How can curators be culturally inclusive without falling into the trap of tokenism? To what extent does structural racism persist in the contemporary art world? How can new curatorial strategies highlight the colonial histories embedded in museum collections? When and how should art be repatriated to its place of origin?

Speakers include:

Sandrine Colard, Assistant Professor of African Art History, Rutgers University
Prajna Desai, Independent Scholar
Adrienne Edwards, Engell Speyer Family Curator and Curator of Performance, Whitney Museum of American Art
Sohl Lee, Assistant Professor in Modern and Contemporary East Asian Art Art History and Criticism, Stony Brook University
Ana María Reyes, Assistant Professor in the history of Latin American art and architecture, Boston University
Allison Young, Assistant Professor for Contemporary Art History, Louisiana State University

Schedule of Events:

10:00 AM: Welcome
10:10 AM: Introduction to First Panel
10:20 AM: Sandrine Colard, The Lubumbashi Biennale: Future Genealogies, Tales from the Equatorial Line
11:20 AM: Prajna Desai, “One Last Hug”: Repair and the nuclear since 3.11
12:20 PM: Lunch 2 PM Intro to Second Panel
2:10 PM: Ana María Reyes, The Aesthetics of Vulnerability: on Institution-Building and Symbolic Reparations in Latin America
3:10 PM: Adrienne Edwards, Spectacles of Concealment
4:10 PM: Coffee Break
4:30 PM: Sohl Lee, Reimagining Democracy with Minjung Art
5:30 PM: Allison Young, On Antebellum New Orleans and the Black Atlantic: Recent Work by Lina Iris Viktor
6:30 PM: Reception

Image: Gauri Gill, Untitled #48, from the Acts of Appearance Series, 2015.

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