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.