Art Basel Miami Beach Announces Conversation and Salon Program, Hans Ulrich Obrist Heads Up New Series

Hans Ulrich Obrist. WIKIMEDIA

Hans Ulrich Obrist. WIKIMEDIA

Today, Art Basel Miami Beach released the list of “celebrated artists, galleries, art historians, writers, curators, museum directors and collectors” taking part in its Conversations and Salon programs at this year’s fair.

Hans Ulrich Obrist returns as a moderator and curator, this time heading up his own Conversation series titled “Artists’ Influencers.” Living up to its name, the first iteration of this new panel will see the artist Glenn Ligon in conversation with two writers who have influenced his practice—the poet Claudia Rankine and Frederick Iseman, a professor of poetry at Yale University.

The Conversations and Salon program will also present talks with prescient titles the likes of: “Why is Gender Still an Issue?,” “Post-Election Art Market,” and “What is Modern, Really?”

The full list is below.


Thursday, December 1, 2016 | Premiere | Artist Talk | Julio Le Parc

Julio Le Parc, Artist, Paris, in conversation with Dr. Estrellita B. Brodsky, Guest Curator, “Julio Le Parc: Form into Action,” Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), Miami

Friday, December 2, 2016 | Artist Talk | Artists’ Influencers

Glenn Ligon, Artist, New York, in conversation with Claudia Rankine, Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry, Yale University, New Haven
Moderator: Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director, Serpentine Galleries, London

Saturday, December 3, 2016 | Public/Private | Debating Disruption: Has Technology Really Changed the Artworld?
Sebastian Cwilich, President and COO, Artsy, New York; Laurent Gaveau, Head of the Lab, Google Cultural Institute, Paris; Christiane Paul, Adjunct Curator of Digital Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Simon Denny, Artist, Berlin

Moderator: András Szántó, Author and Cultural Consultant, New York

Sunday, December 4, 2016 | Artist Talk | The Artist and the Gallerist

Jill Magid, Artist, New York, in conversation with Pamela Echeverría, Owner, Labor, Mexico City
Moderator: Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy, Curator of Contemporary Art, Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, New York/Caracas



Thursday, December 1, 2016

2pm to 3pm | Art Basel Cities Discussion | The Future of Buenos Aires’ Cultural Landscape
Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, Mayor, Buenos Aires City, Buenos Aires; Diego Radivoy, Director General, Creative Industries of Buenos Aires City, Buenos Aires; Orly Benzacar, Owner and Director, Ruth Benzacar Galería de Arte, Buenos Aires; Alec Oxenford, Collector and Founder of OLX & Letgo, Buenos Aires

Moderator: András Szántó, Author and Cultural Consultant, New York

3pm to 4pm | Discussion | Biennial Commissions: Impact and Complications

HE Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi, President and Director, Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah; Damián Ortega, Artist, Mexico City; Gabriele Horn, Director, Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art, Berlin
Moderator: Kate Sutton, Writer, Zagreb

4pm to 5pm | Discussion | Why is Gender Still an Issue?

Maura Reilly, Director, National Academy Museum and School, New York; Joan Snyder, Artist, New York; Susan Fisher Sterling, Director, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C.; Paul Schimmel, Vice President and Partner, Hauser Wirth & Schimmel, Los Angeles

Moderator: Jillian Steinhauer, Senior Editor, Hyperallergic, New York

5pm to 6pm | Debate | Public Museums & Private Partnerships

Neal Benezra, Director, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; Norah Stone, Trustee, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; Howard Rachofsky, Collector, Dallas
Moderator: Carol Kino, Freelance Journalist, WSJ. Magazine, The New York Times, 1stdibs, Cultured, and others, New York

6pm to 7pm | Discussion | New Biennials in the Americas

Ngahiraka Mason, Curator, Honolulu Biennial, Honolulu; Rocío Aranda-Alvarado, Curator, Site Santa Fe, and Senior Curator, El Museo del Barrio, New York; Trevor Schoonmaker, Artistic Director, Prospect.4, New Orleans, and Chief Curator, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham; Pablo León de la Barra, Curator, Site Santa Fe, and Guggenheim UBS Map Curator Latin America, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

Moderator: Jens Hoffmann, Co-Artistic Director, Front International, Cleveland, and Director of Special Exhibitions and Public Programs, The Jewish Museum, New York

7pm to 8pm | Lecture Performance | 18 Low Resolution Stories

Bernardo Ortiz, Artist, Bogotá

Friday December 2, 2016

1pm to 2pm | Art Market Talk | Post-Election Art Market

Heather Podesta, Founder and CEO, Heather Podesta + Partners, Washington D.C.; Daniel H. Sallick, Chairman, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and Founder and Partner, Subject Matter, Washington D.C.
Moderator: Josh Baer, Advisor and Publisher, Baer Faxt, New York

2pm to 3pm | On Collecting | What is Modern, Really?

David Fleiss, Co-Owner and Director, Galerie 1900-2000, Paris; Niklas Svennung, Partner and Senior Director, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris; Ahmed Alsoudani, Artist, New York; Hubert Neumann, Collector, New York
Moderator: David Ebony, Contributing Editor, Art in America, New York

3pm to 4pm | Artist Talk | Francesco Clemente: Sleep of Reason

Francesco Clemente, Artist, New York, in conversation with Bonnie Clearwater, Director and Chief Curator, NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, Florida

4pm to 5pm | Art Market Talk | The State of the Emerging Art Market

Beat Raeber, Co-Owner, RaebervonStenglin, Zurich; Rob Teeters, Principal, Front Desk Apparatus, New York and Artistic Director, The Power Station, Dallas; Shelley Fox Aarons M.D., Collector and Supporter of Contemporary Art, New York; Kenny Schachter, Writer, Dealer and Lecturer, London

Moderator: Sarah Douglas, Editor-in-Chief, ARTnews Magazine, New York

5pm to 6pm | Artist Talk | Mark Dion: South Florida Endeavors

Mark Dion, Artist, New York, in conversation with Tim Rodgers, Director, Wolfsonian-FIU, Miami Beach

6pm to 7pm | Discussion | Air Space, Third Space and Monumentality

Christian Wassmann, Founder, Studio Christian Wassmann, New York; Matías Duville, Artist, Buenos Aires; Laura Raicovich, President and Executive Director, Queens Museum, New York
Moderator: Arie Amaya-Akkermans, Head of Programmes, Ab/Anbar, Tehran/Moscow

Saturday, December 3, 2016

1pm to 2pm | Crowdfunding | Reclaiming Networks: Global & Local

Wafaa Bilal, Artist, New York; Stefan Benchoam, Artist and Exhibition Maker, Director of Proyectos Ultravioleta and Co-Director of NuMu, Guatemala City; Katy Diamond Hamer, Art Journalist, New York; Chana Budgazad Sheldon, Director, Locust Projects, Miami Moderator: Renaud Proch, Executive Director, Independent Curators International, New York

2pm to 3pm | Discussion | LA and the Proximity Factor

Mary Leigh Cherry, Co-Owner, Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles; Thao Nguyen, Art, Architecture and Design Agent, Creative Artists Agency (CAA), Los Angeles; Philipp Kaiser, Independent Curator, Los Angeles; Lita Albuquerque, Artist, Los Angeles
Moderator: Jori Finkel, Journalist, The Art Newspaper and The New York Times, Los Angeles

3pm to 4pm | Artist Talk | Howardena Pindell: Travelogues

Howardena Pindell, Artist, New York, in conversation with Naomi Beckwith, Marilyn and Larry Fields Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and Valerie Cassel Oliver, Senior Curator, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston

4pm to 5pm | Debate | Spectacle, Events & Arts

Juan Andrés Gaitán, Director, Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City; Hrag Vartanian, Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder, Hyperallergic, New York; Lady Bunny, Drag Queen, Nightclub DJ and Founder of Wigstock, New York; Nicholas Baume, Curator of Art Basel’s Public Sector and Director and Chief Curator of Public Art Fund, New York Moderator: Stan Parish, Editor-in-Chief, ‘The Future of Everything’ at The Wall Street Journal, New York

5pm to 6pm | Discussion | Latin American Collaborations

Catherine Petitgas, Collector and Patron, Chair of the Board of Gasworks/Triangle Network and Member of the Tate Latin American Acquisitions Committee, London; Alexandre Arrechea, Artist, Havana
Moderator: Ricardo Porrero, General Director and Editor-in-Chief, Editorial Código, Founder and Director, Gallery Weekend México, Mexico City

6pm to 7pm | Artist Talk | Sun Xun: Reconstruction of the Universe

Sun Xun, Artist, Beijing, in conversation with Barbara Pollack, Art Critic and Independent Curator, New York

Sunday, December 4, 2016

1pm to 2pm | Discussion | Artists’ Resale Royalties in the US

Lauren van Haaften-Schick, Art Historian, and Associate Director at The Art & Law Program, New York; Tony Matelli, Artist, New York; Maxwell Graham, Director, Essex Street, New York
Moderator: Franklin Boyd, Founder, Xipsy, New York

2pm to 3pm | Artist Talk | The Artist as Composer

Molly Palmer, Artist, London; Susannah Stark, Artist, London; Kathryn Mikesell, Founder, The Fountainhead Residency and Studios, Miami; Rachel Mason, Artist, Los Angeles Moderator: William J. Simmons, Lecturer in Art History, City College of New York, New York With an introduction by David Gryn, Curator of Art Basel’s Film sector and Founder of Daata Editions and Artprojx, London


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