Art Basel, Convention Center, Miami Beach

The morning Conversations offer dynamic dialogs between prominent members of the international artworld, each offering their unique perspective on producing, collecting and exhibiting art.

Conversations take place daily from Thursday, December 5 to Sunday, December 8, 10 am to 11:30 am, Hall C auditorium. Please note: This is a newly created auditorium for 2013. Entrance through Lobby C, free public access. One-hour panel discussions are followed by a 30-minute Q&A session

Dec 5
Premiere | Artist Talk | Doug Aitken
Doug Aitken inaugurates this year’s Conversations with a discussion about his most recent project ‘Station to Station’. This artist-created nomadic ‘happening’ on a train that visited cities, towns and remote locations across America embraced constantly changing stories, unexpected encounters and creative collisions between artists, musicians and creative pioneers.

Dec 6
Public/Private | Museums Go Global
Expanding the collecting and exhibiting mandates of many leading Western museums is accompanied by a host of unanswered questions: What aspects of global art culture should these institutions embrace? How should museums modify their approaches to collecting, programming, and educating? What institutional models should they adopt? And how are artists and institutions in other parts of the world responding to the intensified regional presence of Western institutions? Drawing on recent experiences with global initiatives and collaborations, this panel of leading curators and museum directors will explore the benefits and pitfalls of going global.
 Patrick Charpenel, Director, Fundación Jumex, Mexico City; Chris Dercon, Director, Tate Modern, London; Chus Martinez, Chief Curator at El Museo del Barrio, New York;Alexandra Munroe, Samsung Senior Curator, Asian Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

Moderator: András Szántó, Author and Consultant to arts and philanthropic organizations, New York

Dec 7
The Artist and the Gallerist
Launched at the 2013 inaugural Art Basel show in Hong Kong, the series titled ‘The Artist and the Gallerist’ offers a peek behind the curtain of the unique and essential artworld relationship between artists and their representing galleries.
 Abraham Cruzvillegas, Artist, Mexico City; Monica Manzutto and Jose Kuri, founders of kurimanzutto gallery, Mexico City
. Moderator: Mark Rappolt, Editor, ArtReview, London

Dec 8
Artistic Practice | The Artist as Technologist
Offering fresh insights on dynamic models of artistic practice, this panel brings together artists whose work is related to current developments in technology and the realm of the digital. Among the questions: How does the increasing and growing relationship between humankind and digital systems or machines change our perception of art? How does technology and especially the internet unleash artists local boundaries and enables them a global spectrum? In what ways does technology and new media or systems catalyze creativity?
 Cory Arcangel, Artist, Los Angeles;Cécile B. Evans, Artist, Berlin; Camille Henrot, Artist, Paris; Robert Whitman, Artist and Co-Founder of Experiments in Art and Technology, New York
. Moderator: Hans Ulrich Obrist, Co-Director, Serpentine Gallery, London

  • Address:
    Miami Beach Convention Center (MBCC), 1901 Convention Center Dr, Miami Beach, Hall C Auditorium. Entrance through Lobby C
  • Web:
    Art Basel Miami Beach
  • Opening hour:
    10am – 11:30am
  • Admission:
    Free public access


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