College Art Association Annual Conference: Session Picks

by Art Fag City on February 14, 2007 Events

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Do No Harm: The Role of the Curator
February 14, 9:30 AM—12:00 PM
Beekman Parlor, 2nd Floor, Hilton New York
Will these curators repent for all the curatorial sins of exhibitions past? Go find out. Chair is Steven Rand from apexart. Other participants include independent curators, Olga Kopenkina and Joshua Decter, and Elizabeth Schlatter of University Museums, University of Richmond.

Metro Poles: Current Art at the City's Limits
February 14, 2:30 PM—5:00 PM
Gibson Room, 2nd Floor, Hilton New York
This panel promises to represent Queens and the Bronx in finding out where art lives beyond Chelsea. Chair is Erin Donnelly from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Speakers are Edwin Ramoran of the Longwood Arts Project, Bronx Council on the Arts, and Heng-Gil Han of the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning.

ARTspace: CAA Services to Artists Committee
Does the Art World Have a Political Bias?
February 15, 12:30 PM—2:00 PM
Murray Hill Suite, 2nd Floor, Hilton New York
Everything has a political bias. Check out how this outspoken panel elaborates on the title’s question. Co-chairing this session is Stephen Lamia of Dowling College and Thomas Kleese of the University of Wisconsin, Richland. The session also features James Panero of The New Criterion and the inimitable Martha Rosler of Rutgers.

Art Spaces Archives Project
The Transition/New Directors and Old Organizations: Creative Approaches to Organizational Art History of the 1970s to the Present
February 15, 12:30 PM—2:00 PM
Rendezvous Trianon, 3rd Floor, Hilton New York
With a maze-like title, this panel brings together a collection of New York’s nonprofit administrators. Perhaps they’ll discuss their admirable shared commitment to showing emerging artists. Chair is David Platzker of Art Spaces Archives Project. Participants include Anne Pasternak of Creative Time, Debra Singer of The Kitchen, Matthew Higgs of White Columns, and Benjamin Weil of Artists Space.

Virtualities: Contemporary Art between Fact and Fiction
February 16, 2:30 PM—5:00 PM
Mercury Ballroom, 3rd Floor, Hilton New York
Featuring presentation titles with words and phrases like “staging,” “compression,” “a journey that wasn’t,” “utopia,” and “improbable fictions,” this session addresses a very relevant trend in contemporary artmaking: artists messing with the line between fact and fiction, truth and untruths. The roster is full of big shots, and co-chairs are T.J. Demos of University College, London and independent critic Margaret Sundell. Yale’s David Joselit, Columbia’s Vered Maimon, Tim Griffin of Artforum International, Mark Godfrey of University College, London, and Hannah Feldman of Northwestern University round out the heady talk.

The Art Market as Medium of Cultural Transfers
February 16, 2:30 PM—5:00 PM
Madison Suite, 2nd Floor, Hilton New York
End Friday with this panel about the market as cultural highway. Presentations cover a long, long timeline of art history, and consider the cultural forces that keep the market in check or let it skitter out of control. Co-chairs of the session are Michael North of the University of Greifswald and Christian Huemer. Speakers include John Ott of James Madison University, Arshiya Mansoor Lokhandwala, Christopher R. Marshall, Midori Yamamura, Mary K. Coffey of Dartmouth College, and Hans Van Miegroet.

International Association of Art Critics
A Faustian Bargain? Emerging Artists, Critics, and the Market
February 17, 12:30 PM—2:00 PM
Beekman Parlor, 2nd Floor, Hilton New York
An esteemed group gets together to discuss a very current issue for working artists and the critics who love them: the big, green art market. Chair is independent critic and filmmaker Amei Wallach. The panel includes gallerist Jeffrey Deitch, collectors Mera and Don Rubell, Jerry Saltz, critic of the Village Voice, and independent artist and critic Peter Plagens.

Please note: The above sessions require admission to the conference. A day pass costs $150. The rest of the fare schedule is available online.

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