Contemporary Art and the Crisis of Globalization

When 5 Oct 2018
10:00AM - 6:30PM
Where The Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
1 East 78th Street
New York, NY
United States

Friday, October 5, 2018
10:00 AM – 6:30 PM in the Lecture Hall
The Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
1 East 78th Street

This conference will address the ways that resistance to globalization has affected contemporary art. Beginning in the 1990s, many global biennials favored a postcolonial and multicultural aesthetic, rooted in diasporic experience, emphasizing inclusion, diversity, and hybridity. Since then, rising inequality, religious and ethnic conflicts, drug wars, mass migration, and a revival of populism and nationalism have revealed the limitations of globalization. Within the art world, the postcolonial model has increasingly been called into question. Many critics, artists, and activists have signaled a desire to break with the ongoing legacies of colonial ways of seeing and knowing. These participants in the art world, many of them indigenous, see neoliberal models of progress and development as profoundly destructive, and are challenging neoliberal, statist agendas in both the Global North and the Global South. By engaging such responses, this conference will explore how contemporary art mediates larger geopolitical forces, even as it is also determined by them.

Speakers include:

David Joselit, CUNY
Saloni Mathur, UCLA
Naeem Mohaiemen, Artist
Jennifer Ponce de León, University of Pennsylvania 
Jolene Rickard, Cornell University 
Ugochukwu-Smooth Nzewi, Cleveland Museum of Art
Xiaoyu Weng, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Schedule of Events:

10:00 Welcome and Introduction of the first panel (Rob Slifkin & Andrew Weiner)

10:10-11:00 Ugochukwu-Smooth Nzewi, “Between the Margins and Altermodern: African Art and Global Contemporary”

11:00-11:50 Xiaoyu Weng: “Whose resistance? Poetry and Place Afar”

11:50-12:40 David Joselit, “Curated Cultures”

12:40-1:00 Panel discussion and Q&A moderated by Rachel Price

1:00-2:20 Lunch

2:20-2:30 Introduction to second panel (Pepe Karmel)

2:30-3:20 Saloni Mathur, “The World, the Art & the Critic: Global South Conjunctures”

3:20-4:10 Jennifer Ponce de Leon, “The Art of Rebellion in the Fourth World War”

4:10-4:30 Coffee break

4:30-5:20 Jolene Rickard, “The Global Indigenous Return – TO THE BUSH”

5:20-6:10 Naeem Mohaiemen, “A missing can of film”

6:10-6:30 Panel discussion moderated by Brynn Hatton 

6:30-7:30 Reception

Photo courtesy of the organizer.

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