Art Basel hosts a series of conversations on topics concerning the global contemporary art scene with a range of speakers including artists, gallerists, curators, collectors, and many other cultural players. From December 7 to December 10 2017
Like in previous years, the “Conversations” program will be one of the main features of Art Basel Miami 2017 event. Organized by Mari Spirito, Founding Director of Protocinema, it will take place at the Banyan Room in the Miami Beach Botanical Garden from December 7 to December 10 2017.
This year’s Conversations will present 19 talks that feature prominent artworld figures including Agustín Arteaga, Yto Barrada, Stefania Bortolami, José Carlos Diaz, Jordan Casteel, Teju Cole, Füsun Eczacıbaşı, Charles Gaines, Juan A. Gaitán, Alberto Ibargüen, Arthur Jafa, Pamela Joyner, Isaac Julien, Daniel Knorr, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Anne Pasternak and Thaddaeus Ropac among many others. This edition’s discussions will cover a very wide variety of contemporary topics regarding both arts and politics, ranging from cultural dissipation in the Americas, to artist commissions and sustainability, from the artist’s POV on the climate change crisis to the uncertain future of native indigenous art.
The event opens up thursday 7 December with the Premier Artist Talk with Charles Gaines - who will have until November 2018 a site-specific commission at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) Miami — discussing his work that address self-examination of our beliefs and ideologies through music and his use of systems, grids, photography and perceptual experiences. It will be followed by a collector talk “Beyond Collecting: What is Patronage?” by Pamela Joyner and Füsun Eczacibaşı, both art collectors and philanthropists and by a journalist talk about “The Privatization of Art Journalism” by Mary Louise Schumacher of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, an art and architecture critic and Ossian Ward, Head of Content at the Lisson Gallery in London.
Some of the others are talk “Abstraction in Reverse“, about latin american art in the mid-twentieth century, and “Is Culture in the Americas in Big Trouble?” about the current threats to art and culture in the political times we are living in. On friday 8 December, there will be the conference “Digital Museums and Virtual Audiences” about digital innovation bringing about innovative changes to art galleries and online art viewership, followed by “Global Business Models” that will address the ways in which museums and galleries are responding to the increasing pressure to participate in the global artworld and the implications for artists and estates. There will even be a discussion about climate change and you should also pay attention to the talk with the artists Yto Barrada and Daniel Knorr about the nationhood and race, entitled “Public Territories”, that will feature the presence of Philipp Kaiser, Art Basel in Miami Beach Public Curator. The program is open to the public and free of charge. The full calendar of the events can be consulted at Art Basel/ Miami Beach 2017 website, but one thing is for sure, this year the “Conversations” program can’t be missed!