Participants include El Anatsui, Eric Shiner, Jerry Saltz and Robin Rhode
New York – Open Forum is a thought – provoking series of conversations and panels at The
Armory Show, featuring leading curators, critics, gallerists, museum directors, and art world experts. This year’s Open Forum offers a range of diverse themes and participants, meant to engage and explore a breadth of perspectives and ideas through lively discussion.
The Armory Show 2016 will take place March 3 – 6 at Piers 92 & 94.
Open Forum includes four days of talks with the two – day Focus: African Perspectives Symposium curated by Julia Grosse and Yvette Mutumba on Saturday, March 5 and Sunday, March 6. All Open Forum events will take place in the Media Lounge on Pier 94 and are open to the public.
Dive into the early life of Andy Warhol with art critic Blake Gopnikwho will discuss his forthcoming biography on the famed artist with Eric Shiner, Director of The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. See legendary New York Magazine Senior Art Critic and provocateur Jerry Saltz in conversation with The Armory Show Executive Director, Benjamin Genocchio as they discuss visual criticism in the digital age. Official online partner, Artsy, will host “What’s Next?,” which invites influencers like Kim Drew, Online Community Producer at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Elisabeth Sherman, Assistant Curator, Whitney Museum of American Art and artist Kadar Brock to share their forward – looking philosophies in a series of short presentations about the future”.
The two – day Focus: African Perspectives Symposium on Saturday and Sunday will examine the diverse practices of artists, curators and collectors from Africa and the Diaspora while also looking back at the individuals who have helped define a generation of artists working today. Kapwani Kiwanga will de but a new lecture – performance piece; ruby onyinyechi amanze and Nengi Omuku will discuss their individual practices and the challenges they encounter as a generation of young global contemporaries with African perspectives. Enjoy a selection of video art curated by South African artist Robin Rhode or listen to influential collectors such as Pamela Joyner as they discuss how and why they began collecting. The Focus Symposium will also bring together two of the most influential African artists living and creating today in a discussion with El Anatsui and
Sam Nhlengethwa, led by the influential curator Bisi Silva.