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ANNIE FLETCHER

Annie Fletcher is currently Curator of Exhibitions at the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, and tutor at De Appel, Amsterdam. She recently curated “After the Future” at eva International Biennial of Visual Art in 2012. Other projects include solo exhibitions or presentations with Sheela Gowda, David Maljkovic, Jo Baer, Jutta Koether, Cerith Wynn Evans, Deimantas Narkevicius, Minerva Cuevas, and the long term projects, Be(com)ing Dutch (2006-09) and Cork Caucus (2005) with Charles Esche. She was co-founder and co-director of the rolling curatorial platform “If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution” with Frederique Bergholtz (2005-10). As a writer she has contributed to various magazines including Afterall and Metropolis M. She is currently working on the “Museum of Arte útil” with Tanja Bruguera, which will open in the fall of 2013 at the Van Abbemuseum.

"The Now Museum: Contemporary Art, Curating Histories, Alternative Models" was presented by the Ph.D. Program in Art History at the CUNY Graduate Center, Independent Curators International, and the New Museum on March 10, 2011 - March 13, 2011.

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DARA BIRNBAUM AND UTE META BAUER

A conversation with artist Dara Birnbaum and Ute Meta Bauer, Associate Professor and Director, Program in Art, Culture, and Technology, MIT.

With the exponential growth of contemporary art museums, what new demands are being placed upon artists? Have women artists benefited from this proliferation? Given that time-based media has been present in the museum for over forty years, how have these works changed museums, and the way audiences use them?

Dara Birnbaum is an artist who lives and works in New York. A retrospective exhibition of her work was organized by S.M.A.K. Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Gent, Belgium in 2009 and then traveled to Museu Serralves, Porto, Portugal in 2010. In conjunction with the retrospective, a major monograph on Birnbaum’s work, The Dark Matter of Media Light, was published. Her work has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art; the Reina Sofia, Madrid; MACBA, Barcelona; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Modern Museet, Stockholm, Sweden; The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, amongst others. This year, Birnbaum was awarded a Creative Artist Residency at the Bellagio Center of the Rockefeller Foundation.

Ute Meta Bauer is Founding Director of Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA) in Singapore. Bauer is also Professor of Art at NTU’s School of Art, Media, and Design. She was previously Associate Professor and the Director of the Program in Art, Culture, and Technology at MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning, where she had served as Director of the MIT Visual Arts Program from 2005-09. From 1996-2006, Bauer held an appointment at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna as a professor of theory and practice of contemporary art. Educated as an artist for more than two decades Bauer has worked as a curator of exhibitions and presentations on contemporary art, film, video, and sound, with a focus on transdisciplinary formats. She was a co-curator of Documenta 11 (2001/2002) in the team of Okwui Enwezor, has been the artistic director of the 3rd Berlin Biennial (2004) and in 2005 curated the Mobile_Transborder Archive for InSite05, Tijuana /San Diego.

"The Now Museum: Contemporary Art, Curating Histories, Alternative Models" was presented by the Ph.D. Program in Art History at the CUNY Graduate Center, Independent Curators International, and the New Museum on March 10, 2011 - March 13, 2011.

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DEBATE

Recent attempts to define contemporary art (and contemporaneity) as an era distinct from the modern and the postmodern have all revolved around the question of our relationship to history. How do we periodize the contemporary? Does the distinction between modern and contemporary art hold up in a global context? How has a changed relationship to history, and an awareness of art’s new geographies, been made apparent in recent museum practice?

A panel discussion with Okwui Enwezor, Director, Haus der Kunst, Munich; Annie Fletcher, Curator, Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven; Massimiliano Gioni, Associate Director and Director of Exhibitions, New Museum; and Terry Smith, Professor of Contemporary Art History and Theory, University of Pittsburgh.
Chaired by Claire Bishop, Associate Professor of Art History, CUNY Graduate Center.

"The Now Museum: Contemporary Art, Curating Histories, Alternative Models" was presented by the Ph.D. Program in Art History at the CUNY Graduate Center, Independent Curators International, and the New Museum on March 10, 2011 - March 13, 2011.

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MASSIMILIANO GIONI

Massimiliano Gioni is the Associate Director and Director of Exhibitions of the New Museum in New York and the Artistic Director of the Nicola Trussardi Foundation in Milan. He recently curated “10.000 Lives,” the 8th Gwangju Biennial. At the New Museum, Gioni has curated the solo exhibitions of Paul Chan, Urs Fischer, and Lynda Benglis. He was also one of the curators of “The Generational: Younger Than Jesus,” the first New Museum Triennial. And in 2008 he curated the group show “After Nature.” In 2006 Gioni curated the 4th Berlin Biennale with Maurizio Cattelan and Ali Subotnick, and co-curated Manifesta 5 in 2004 in San Sebastian (Spain). At the Trussardi Foundation he has organized various solo shows and public art projects with, among others, Paweł Althamer, Tacita Dean, Fischli and Weiss, Paul McCarthy, Paola Pivi, Anri Sala, and Tino Sehgal.

"The Now Museum: Contemporary Art, Curating Histories, Alternative Models" was presented by the Ph.D. Program in Art History at the CUNY Graduate Center, Independent Curators International, and the New Museum on March 10, 2011 - March 13, 2011.

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