Expo Chicago Announces Discussion Series for 2017 Fair

ARTnews
by Alex Greenberger 

Today Expo Chicago announced details of the talks program that will accompany its 2017 fair, which runs from September 13 to 17, the same time as the opening of the Chicago Architecture Biennial.

Among the talks in the 30-panel program, boldly titled “/Dialogues,” is “Make New History: Photography in the Expanded Field of Architecture,” which will include contributions from Adam Caruso, Thomas Demand, Florian Idenburg, and Luisa Lambri, and which will be moderated by Jesús Vassallo. Other discussion topics will include criticism in a post-truth era (ARTnews Editor-in-Chief Sarah Douglas will be on this panel), the work of the Italian collective SuperDesign, and race and museums today.

The Sharjah Art Foundation’s president and director, Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi; artist Michael Rakowitz, and Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago Curator Naomi Beckwith are among those expected to speak as part of the “/Dialogues” program.

Below is a list of the “/Dialogues” panels, along with each talk’s participants.

Curatorial Forum Panel: Valerie Cassel Oliver (senior curator, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston), and Naomi Beckwith (Marilyn and Larry Fields Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago), moderated by Romi Crawford (Visual Critical Studies and Liberal Arts Associate Professor, School of Art Institute of Chicago)

Expo Chicago Art Critics Forum: Criticism in the Post-Truth Era: Sarah Douglas (ARTnews), Ana Bilbao (Afterall), Kenny Schachter (Artnet News), and Kevin McGarry (freelance), moderated by Christian Viveros-Fauné (Artnet News)

SuperDesign: Radical Italian Design 1965–1975 : Gianni Pettena (artist and architect), Francesca Molteni (film producer) and Maria Cristina Didero (independent curator)

Architecture as Metaphor: Nature vs. Culture: David Hartt (artist) in conversation with Felix Burrichter (editor-in-chief, PIN—UP Magazine)

Make New History: Photography in the Expanded Field of Architecture : Adam Caruso (Caruso St John Architects), Thomas Demand (artist), Florian Idenburg (SO—IL), Luisa Lambri (artist), moderated by Jesús Vassallo (architect and writer)

Resistance and Necessity: Language in Art and Architecture: Flavin Judd (curator and co-president, Judd Foundation), Sarah Herda (director, Graham Foundation), Julian Rose (senior editor, Artforum)

Cultural Cargo: Paola Pivi (artist) and Sarah Thornton (writer)

Global Art Geographies: Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi (president and director, Sharjah Art Foundation)

The Hospitality of Violence: Michael Rakowitz (artist) and Omar Kholeif (Manilow Senior Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago)

Race and Representation in Contemporary Institutions: Michelle Joan Wilkinson (curator, National Museum of African American History & Culture), Bomi Odufunade (Dash & Rallo Art Advisory), and Lavar Munroe (artist), moderated by Perri Irmer (president and CEO, the DuSable Museum of African American History)

FRONT International — An American City: Jens Hoffman (co-artistic director, FRONT International) and Michelle Grabner (professor, SAIC, and co-artistic director, FRONT International), moderated by Fred Bidwell (collector)

Young Arts Salon: Sarah Arison (president, Arison Arts Foundation) in conversation with Derrick Adams (artist)

The State of Board Leadership: Opening Remarks: Gregory S. Jordan (CFA, Managing Director-Central Region, Foundation & Institutional Advisors | Northern Trust), Laura Lott (president and CEO, AAM) and Carlos Tortolero (board, AAM and President, and founder, National Museum of Mexican Art)

Global vs. Local — Curating for Audiences in the Contemporary Museum: José Carlos Diaz (chief curator, the Andy Warhol Museum), Courtenay Finn (curator, Aspen Art Museum), and María Elena Ortiz (curator, Pérez Art Museum Miami), moderated by Madeleine Grynsztejn (director, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago)