/Dialogues 2014

Friday, September 19, 2014 

The Contemporary Foundation

Elizabeth Smith, Joel Wachs and Christy MacLear In Conversation

Executive Director of the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation Elizabeth Smith, President of the Warhol Foundation Joel Wachs and Executive Director of the Rauschenberg Foundation Christy MacLear join together to discuss each of their respective foundations’ initiatives within their contemporary practice in order to increase public engagement. The talk will focus on various tactics used by each foundation — bestowing grants to other institutions and artists, legacy programs and holding talks throughout the year to educate the public on various cultural concerns.

The State of the Midwest Museum

Christopher Atkins, Rose Bouthillier and Tricia Paik In Conversation

This discussion will present three curators working in prominent Midwestern institutions, highlighting their focus on the forward-thinking programming that often surpasses more well-known institutions in bravado and ground-breaking concepts. Participants include Coordinator of the Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts Christopher Atkins, Associate Curator and Publications Manager at MOCA Cleveland Rose Bouthillier and Curator at the Indianapolis Museum of Art Tricia Paik.

/Dialogues Highlight

Ryan Gander In Conversation with Hamza Walker

Associate Curator and Director of Education at The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago Hamza Walker will speak with internationally noted conceptual artist Ryan Gander (Lisson Gallery) about his extraordinary practice, including his “Per/Form” installation at CA2M in Madrid and his upcoming exhibition at the prestigious Mostyn Gallery in Wales.

Collecting: Challenges in a New World

Sandra Guthman, R. Hugh Magill, Canice Prendergast and Dorsey Waxter, moderated by Brook S. Mason.
Sponsored by Northern Trust

This panel discussion will present diverse viewpoints from a prominent collector, a gallerist, an academic, a lawyer and a journalist examining the challenges of art collecting and new shifts in the market and how to access the market in a fast paced world. Moderated by the U.S. Correspondent for “The Art Newspaper,” author of a design column on ArtNet, and writer for The New York Times, Brook S. Mason; panelists will include Collector and Chief Executive Officer of the Polk Bros. Foundation Sandra Guthman; Executive Vice President at The Northern Trust, Chicago R. Hugh Magill; Professor of Economics, Booth School, University of Chicago Canice Prendergast; and Principal, Van Doren Waxter Gallery and President of the Art Dealers Association of America Dorsey Waxter.

In Conversation: French Curator Exchange

Naomi Beckwith, Guillaume Désanges and Matthieu Poirier, moderated by Forrest Nash

Moderated by Founder of “Contemporary Art Daily” Forrest Nash, this conversation will include Marilyn and Larry Fields Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago Naomi Beckwith; Independent Curator and Writer Guillaume Désanges; and Curator of Exhibitions, Reunion des Musées Nationaux Matthieu Poirier discussing a unique curatorial and cultural exchange between Chicago and France happening over the next year, which will culminate with a Special Exhibition at EXPO CHICAGO 2015.

With support from the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States in collaboration with the Institut français.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

What Do Your Politics Get From Being In My Art?

Jim Duignan, Michael Rakowitz and Abigail Satinsky, moderated by Duncan MacKenzie

Moderated by Bad at Sports founder and host Duncan MacKenzie, this panel discussion examines what our contemporary art world offers to creative activists by looking at what conditions grow the appetite for political engagement within the art world, and what the art world can do for the causes it portrays. Panelists include Associate Director of Threewalls Abigail Satinsky; artist Michael Rakowitz (Rhona Hoffman Gallery); and artist Jim Duignan.

In Conversation: The Network as Form

Pablo Helguera and Christian Viveros-Faune In Conversation with Bad at Sports

Bad at Sports will speak with artist Pablo Helguera and widely published writer and critic Christian Viveros-Faune. This panel will discuss Pablo Helguera’s connections between the different regions of the Americas and his infamous project, “The School of Panamerican Unrest,” in conjunction with his work in the School of the Art Institute’s Sullivan Gallery’s exhibition entitled “A Proximity of Consciousness: Art and Social Action,” curated by Mary Jane Jacob.

In Conversation: (Im)possible Matters

Franklin Sirmans In Conversation with Tavares Strachan

Curator of Contemporary Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art Franklin Sirmans discusses artist Tavares Strachan’s (Kavi Gupta CHICAGO | BERLIN) conceptual installations that investigate science, technology, mythology, history and exploration. Strachan’s work represented the Bahamas in the 55th Venice Biennale.

/Dialogues Highlight: The Impact of Performance Art

Eric Shiner In Conversation with RoseLee Goldberg

Performa Founder and Director RoseLee Goldberg will speak with the Director of The Andy Warhol Museum Eric Shinerabout the importance of live performance in the work of many contemporary artists today, as well as it's rising significance in museum programming and exhibitions.

In Conversation: ART21 – Season 7

James Cohan and Arlene Shechet In Conversation with Bad at Sports

Bad at Sports will speak with Owner of James Cohan Gallery and “Art21” Board member James Cohan and “Art in the Twenty-First Century,” Season 7 artist Arlene Shechet.

Providing unique access to some of the most compelling artists of our time, the new season of “ART21”—premiering October 2014—features a dozen artists from the United States, Europe and Latin America, and transports viewers to artistic projects across the country and around the world.

Arlene Shechet is a New York-based artist who has received broad recognition for her corporeal and suggestive ceramic work. She has exhibited extensively in the United States and abroad, most recently in solo exhibitions at the RISD Museum, RI, and Weatherspoon Art Museum. Her work will be the subject of a 20-year survey show opening in June 2015 at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, with an accompanying book co-published by DelMonico/ Prestel.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

/Dialogues Highlight: The Open Road

Justine Kurland and Alec Soth In Conversation with Denise Wolff
Presented by the Aperture Foundation

Artists Justine Kurland and Alec Soth (Weinstein Gallery) will speak with “Aperture” Photobook Editor Denise Wolff about “The Open Road: Photography and the American Road Trip,” the first survey book to consider the American road trip as a photographic genre. The book presents some of the best-loved photography, and the story of the open road as photographer’s muse. 


Orly Genger and Hank Willis Thomas In Conversation with Marilu Knode

Artists Orly Genger (Rhona Hoffman Gallery) and Hank Willis Thomas (moniquemeloche) will engage in a conversation with Laumeier Sculpture Park Executive Director Marilu Knode focusing on the unique role that public sculpture and collaborative projects play in popular culture.

About Bad at Sports

Founded in 2005 by Duncan MacKenzie, Richard Holland, and Amanda Browder, Bad at Sports (B@S) now features over 20 principle collaborators and is a weekly podcast, a series of objects, events, and a daily blog produced in Chicago, San Francisco, Detroit and New York City that features artists and art worlders talking about art and the community that makes, reviews and participates in it. Visit www.badatsports.com for more information.