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The Now Museum: Contemporary Art, Curating Histories and Alternative Models

MAR 10, 2011 | 9:00 AM



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue


1201: Elebash Recital Hall


March 10, 2011: 9:00 AM


What do museums of contemporary art stand for today? The last two decades has seen an unimaginable diversification of the museum as a place for exhibiting art and telling histories, producing innovative education models, promoting international collaborations, forming alternative archives, and facilitating new productions.

This conference aimed to tackle key questions around the museum as an institutional entity and contemporary art as an art historical category. Speakers provided an overview of developments across the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Particular attention was paid to the construction of historical narratives (or their abandonment) through collection displays, the role of research in relation to contemporary art, the alternative models that are already having an impact, and their relationship to more traditional museum infrastructures.

Participants include Bruce Altshuler, Museum Studies, New York University; Claire Bishop, PhD Program in Art History, the Graduate Center, CUNY; Carlos Basualdo, Philadelphia Museum of Art & MAXXI, Rome; Manuel Borja Villel, Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid; Paul Chan, artist; Beatriz Colomina, Architecture, Princeton University; Okwui Enwezor, curator; Pamela M. Lee, Art History, Stanford University; Maria Lind, curator; Terry Smith, History of Art and Architecture, University of Pittsburgh; Philippe Vergne, Dia Art Foundation. 

Presented by the Ph.D. Program in Art History at the CUNY Graduate Center, Independent Curators International, and the New Museum.

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