The Biennial Factor

Dan Cameron, Gunnar Kvaran, Tirdad Zolghadr, Jonathan T.D. Neil

Saturday 09 March, 2013
12:30pm, $0

The Armory, Media Lounge
Pier 94, West 53 Street and Twelfth Avenue

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Following new critical examinations of biennials in The Biennial Reader (2010) and the first World Biennial Forum in Gwangju, South Korea, in 2012, this panel questions how biennials can embody ideas of “contemporaneity" and resonate within an art field saturated with biennials and triennials, museum exhibitions, art fairs, and a plethora of other exhibition and event-based formats. How can a biennial possess a particular kind of agency in terms of both concept and form, from the subjects and specificities it addresses, to its duration and infrastructure, to its use as a vehicle to explore various kinds of “resistance" in relation to prevalent modes of exhibition making, or to pressing cultural, political, and social concerns? Depending on a given context, what are the creative possibilities and challenges involved in such approaches? Speaker Dan Cameron is Chief Curator at Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach and the founder and director (until 2011) of Prospect New Orleans; Gunnar Kvaran is Director of The Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo and curator of the 2013 Lyon Biennial; Tirdad Zolghadr is a curator and writer currently teaching at the Center for Curatorial Studies (CCS), Bard College, New York. Moderator Jonathan T.D. Neil is Executive Editor at The Drawing Center, New York, Associate Editor at ArtReview, and Editor of the Held Essays on Visual Art for the Brooklyn Rail.

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