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The Museum As Medium Symposium at The Guggenheim Museum

Allan McCollum.   Drawings, 1989-93.   Pencil on museum board, each unique. Installation in progress: Musée d'Art Moderne Lille Métropole, Villeneuve d'Asq, France, 1998.
Saturday, May 11, 2002

Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Avenue
New York City

Museums in the 20th century have been shaped by the vision of contemporary artists, curators, and educators who have searched various strategies of communication with audiences. Join us for a dynamic exploration of the contemporary art museum as a tool for critical thought, dialogue, and learning. The first of this two-part international symposium took place in Mexico City on April 27; the Guggenheim Museum in New York hosts the concluding half. Both parts of this symposium examine artistic and museum practices as they relate to collecting and found objects, the museum environment, and the crossing of physical and theoretical boundaries of the art institution.

Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Avenue
$10 general public ($7 for members, students, and seniors)

Keynote Speaker: Stephen Jay Gould, Author and Professor of Geology and Zoology, Harvard University

Participants include:

Francis Alys, artist
Marco Barrera Bassols, Director, Museum of Natural History, Mexico City
Norton Batkin, Director of the Graduate Program, Bard Center for Curatorial Studies
Barbara Bloom, artist
Nicolas Bourriaud, Co-director, Palais de Tokyo, Paris
Abraham Cruzvillegas, artist
Michael Fehr, Director, Karl Ernst Osthaus Museum, Hagen
Pablo Helguera, Senior Education Program Manager, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, artist
Christine Hill, artist
Allan McCollum, artist
James Putnam, Curator, Contemporary Arts and Cultures Program, British Museum, London
Osvaldo Sánchez, Independent critic and curator, Mexico City
Nancy Spector, Curator of Contemporary Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Gregory Volk, independent critic and curator, New York
Fred Wilson, Artist

The Museum as Medium has been organized by Pablo Helguera.

Comments from the Mexico City section of the symposium include:

Lynne Cooke, chief Curator, Dia Center for the Arts
James Elkins, Professor, Department of Art History and Criticism, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Andrea Fraser, artist
Cuauht*moc Medina, independent critic and curator, Mexico City
Muntadas, artist
Cornelia Parker, artist
Julian Zugazagoitia, Executive Assistant to the Director, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
and others.


10am Keynote Speech

11am-12:30 The Museum Environment
Panelists: Barbara Bloom, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Michael Fehr, Fred Wilson
Moderator: Norton Batkin

12:30-1:30 break

1:30-3:00 Redefining the Museum Practice
Panelists: Marco Barrera Bassols, Allan McCollum, James Putnam, Gregory Volk
Moderator: Pablo Helguera

3:00-4:30: Contesting the Museum's Boundaries
Panelists: Nicolas Bourriaud, Christine Hill, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Osvaldo Sánchez
Moderator: Nancy Spector

For further information please go to: http://www.guggenheim.org