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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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MANUEL BORJA-VILLEL

Manuel Borja-Villel has been the Director of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía since January 2008, where he has led the reorganization of the permanent collection. From 1998–2008, Borja-Villel was director of the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA). Among the exhibitions he programmed at the MACBA were shows dedicated to Vito Acconci, El Lissitzky, Öyvind Fahlström, Peter Fischli & David Weiss, Robert Frank, David Goldblatt, Luís Gordillo, Raymond Hains, Richard Hamilton, William Kentridge, Perejaume, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Gerhard Richter, Martha Rosler, and Antoni Tàpies, among others. Borja-Villel was also a member of the Consulting Committee of Documenta 12 (2007), and the chair of the jury for the 52nd Venice Biennial (2007).

"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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OKWUI ENWEZOR

Okwui Enwezor is the newly appointed director of the Haus der Kunst, Munich. His work is engaged in postcolonial studies and African contemporary art and their relationships to acts of political resistance. Enwezor has written for many publications, including Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, of which he is a founding editor. He has served on numerous advisory boards, juries, and curatorial teams, and is the current Artistic Director of Meeting Points 6. Enwezor has served artistic director of the 2nd Johannesburg Biennial (1998), Documenta 11 (2002), the Bienial Internacional de Arte Contemporaneo de Sevilla (2006), and the 7th Gwangju Biennial (2008). He was Dean of Academic Affairs at San Francisco Art Institute (2005–09).

"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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