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Garage 2nd International Conference. The Reflexive Museum: Responsive Spaces for Publics, Ideas, and Art

20–21 March 2014

DESCRIPTION

The conference will explore historical precedents, as well as the rising phenomena of privately-funded, publicly-driven institutions that are changing the face of museum culture worldwide.

What is a 21st century museum of contemporary art? The Reflexive Museum: Responsive Spaces for Publics, Ideas, and Art will reflect on what it means to build a responsive institution focusing on current debates around notions of the public, the museum as a repository of experience, and the development of cultural spaces as laboratories for art production and creative thinking.

The conference will explore historical precedents, as well as the rising phenomena of privately-funded, publicly-driven institutions that are changing the face of museum culture worldwide. Over two days, leading museum directors, curators, and art historians from around the world will share their perspectives through lectures, panel discussions, and case studies.

Derived from Ancient Greek, the term ‘museum' originally referred to a temple dedicated to the Muses. In more recent times, it has been used and construed differently in contemporary cultures to reflect a range of diverse practices.

In Russian, however, the word ‘museum' remains most often associated with the sole function of historic conservation, and unlike current European and American traditions, the Museum is described as ‘influential' rather than ‘friendly' and ‘responsive'; ‘reserved' rather than ‘dynamic' and ‘reflexive'.

Finding a native equivalent to the adjectives ‘reflexive' and ‘responsive' in the in the conference's title therefore proved challenging. Thus, for its Russian title, Garage has used the epithet ‘resolute' to underscore the conference's goals: first, to invite the Russian museum community to learn about the many possibilities for progress and development, and second, to act in accordance with the legacy of the Russian avant-garde artists, who created the first revolutionary model for a museum "intended to collect all kinds of existing art undergoing a change and designed to exert influence on life using it" (Kazimir Malevich, The Museum of Artistic Culture).

Image: Georgy Litichevsky. Going Down in History. 2013. Mural, acrylic

Courtesy of the artist and Garage Center for Contemporary Culture

SPEAKERS

Zdenka Badovinac, director, Moderna galerija, Ljubljana; Claire Bishop, professor of Contemporary Art, Theory and Exhibition History, The Graduate Center, City University of New York, New York; Massimiliano Gioni, associate director and director of exhibitions, New Museum, New York; Maria Gough, Joseph Pulitzer, Jr. Professor of Modern Art in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University, Cambridge; Ekaterina Golovatyuk, architect, OMA architectural studio, Rotterdam; Marina Loshak, director, Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow; Jack Persekian, director and head curator, Palestinian Museum, Birzeit; Christian Rattemeyer, Harvey S. Shipley Miller Associate Curator, Department of Drawings, Museum of Modern Art, New York; Natalia Samoilenko, general director Museum-Reserve «Tsaritsyno», Moscow; Zelfira Tregulova, general director, The Federal State Budget Institution of Culture of the State Museum and Exhibition Center ROSIZO, Moscow; Dominic Willsdon, Leanne & George Roberts curator of Education and Public Programs, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Adjunct Professor in Curatorial Practice, California College of the Arts, San Francisco; Vasili Tsereteli, executive director, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow.

Learn more about speakers

Project idea: Anton Belov

Organized by: Kate Fowle, Anastasia Mityushina

Project managers: Asya Egunova, Maria Sarycheva

Coordinators: Alexandra Artamonova, Brittany Stewart

SCHEDULE

Thursday 20 March, 2014

11:30

Guests arrive

11:45-12:00

Introduction by Anton Belov, Garage Director and Garage Chief Curator Kate Fowle


 

KEYNOTE SESSION

Moderator: Anastasia Mityushina, Head of Garage Education

12:00-12:40

Futurist Museology

Keynote presentation: Maria Gough, Joseph Pulitze, Jr. Professor of Modern Art in the Department of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University, Cambridge

12:45-13:05

Responsive Spaces for Publics, Ideas and Art

Ekaterina Golovatyuk, Architect, OMA, Rotterdam

13:10-13:30

Discussion: Marina Loshak, Director, Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow; Maria Gough, and Ekaterina Golovatyuk


 

SESSION 1

The Future Museum: Public / Private Initiatives

Moderator: Kate Fowle, Garage Chief Curator


14:30-14:50

A Museum and its Mission

Christian Rattemeyer, Harvey S. Shipley Miller Associate Curator, Department of Drawings, Museum of Modern Art, New York


14:50-15:10

From Public Museum to Private Experience: Institutional Challenges of Contemporary Spectatorship

Vasili Tsereteli, Executive Director, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow


15:10-15:30

Being Reasonable: Negotiating Public/Private Partnerships in Palestine

Jack Persekian, Director and Head Curator, Palestinian Museum, Birzeit


15:30-16:00

Panel discussion: Christian Rattemeyer, Vasili Tsereteli, and Jack Persekian 


 

SESSION 2

The Responsive Museum: What is the Public and Why?

Moderator: Anastasia Mityushina, Head of Garage Education 


16:15-16:35

Intimacy and the Public

Dominic Willsdon, Leanne & George Roberts Curator of Education and Public Programs, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art


16:35-16:55

Exhibition Policy Today: Leading the Public or Being Led by it

Zelfira Tregulova, General Director, The Federal State Budget Institution of Culture of the State Museum and Exhibition Center ROSIZO


16:55-17:30

Panel discussion: Dominic Willsdon and Zelfira Tregulova


 

SESSION 3

The Museum as Repository?: Building Histories and Contexts

Moderator: Kate Fowle, Garage Chief Curator


18:00-18:20

What is Conserved in Tsaritsyno: the Collection and/or the Site?

Natalia Samoilenko, General Director, Tsaritsyno Museum-Reserve, Moscow


18:20-18:40

The Museum of Minor Art

Massimiliano Gioni, Associate Director and Director of Exhibitions, New Museum, New York


18:40-19:00

Democratic Museum

Zdenka Badovinac, Director, Moderna galerija, Ljubjiana


19:00-19:30

Panel discussion: Natalia Samoilenko, Zdenka Badovinac


19:30-20:00

Summary by Kate Fowle and Anastasia Mityushina

 

Friday 21 March 2014

HOW TO TAKE PART

Admission is free; spaces are limited.
The conference will be in Russian and English with simultaneous translation. ID is required for hire of the equipment.

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