Organized by Isolde Brielmaier
March 6-8, 2014
The Armory Show annually hosts Open Forum, a thought-provoking series of conversations and panels featuring leading curators, critics, designers, gallerists, museum directors, and art world experts. The 2014 edition was organized by Isolde Brielmaier, a New York-based curator, writer and project consultant as well as visiting professor, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.
All panels will took place in T: The New York Times Style Magazine Media Lounge on Pier 94.
THURSDAY, MARCH 6
PUBLISHING WITH AND ABOUT ARTISTS
PARTICIPANTS: Christophe Boutin; Duane Michals; Anna Moschovakis
MODERATOR:, Cay Sophie Rabinowitz
This panel explored the dynamic ins-and-outs of publishing both books and other collateral about artists work. The conversation focused on the act of publication, the steps taken when publishing the work of specific artists, and publishing in a range of media. Panelists also discussed the creative process of developing books in collaboration with artists themselves.
Panelists: Christophe Boutin, OneStar Press, Paris; Duane Michals, Artist; Anna Moschovakis, Writer, Translator and Member of the Ugly Duckling Presse publishing collective. Moderated by Cay Sophie Rabinowitz, Founder and Publisher, OSMOS.
VENUS DRAWN OUT: 20TH CENTURY WORKS BY GREAT WOMEN ARTISTS
PARTICIPANTS: Inka Essenhigh; Lynn Gumpert; Pat Steir
MODERATOR: Susan Harris
This panel was organized in conjunction with The Armory Show Modern exhibition, Venus Drawn Out: 20th Century Works by Great Women Artists, curated by Susan Harris on Pier 92. In a rare conversation amongst two of the show's participants and a museum director, the panelists discussed drawing as a part of artistic practice, the works of art in Venus Drawn Out, as well as questions and realities around working as a female artist in the 20th and 21st centuries.
Panelists: Inka Essenhigh, Artist, New York; Lynn Gumpert, Director, Grey Art Gallery, New York University; Pat Steir, Artist, New York. Moderated by Susan Harris, New York-based Independent Curator and Writer.
ART VS. DESIGN IN RESIDENTIAL INTERIORS
PARTICIPANTS: Jonathan Adler; Sharon Hurwitz; Sean Kelly
MODERATOR: Tom Delavan
All collectors ultimately face challenges around how to best integrate art into their homes: in some instances, the art clearly takes priority, while in others the architecture and furnishings seem to come first. Industry experts will spoke about how they approach the situation and how a balance can be struck. With so many different parties involvedarchitects, art consultants, interior designersthe panelists discussed how to best navigate the process, along with some of the key pitfalls to avoid.
Panelists: Jonathan Adler, Potter, Designer, Author and Founder and Chairman of Jonathan Adler; Sharon Hurwitz, New York-based Independent Curator and Advisor specializing in Post-War and Contemporary prints and multiples; Sean Kelly, Owner and Founder, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York. Moderated by Tom Delavan, Design Editor, T Magazine.
Presented by T: The New York Times Style Magazine
FRIDAY, MARCH 7
FILM SCREENING: ART21 @ THE ARMORY SHOW
Art21, the non-profit contemporary art organization and producer of the Peabody Award-winning and Emmy-nominated television series Art21 - Art in the Twenty-First Century, presented a film screening of Art21 @ The Armory Show. ART21's new film brings together exclusive interviews with Philip Tinari, curator of Armory Focus: China and Art21 profiles of three Chinese artists whose work has had significant impact and attention internationally: Ai Weiwei, Cai Guo Qiang, and Cao Fei. Tinaris insights on the development of contemporary art in China provide a foundation for his selection of artists for Armory Focus: China, including Armory Commissioned artist Xu Zhen. Art21s film offered context for the selection of contemporary Chinese artists visitors encountered at the fair.
Presented by Art21, a leading nonprofit dedicated to engaging and educating audiences about the work and processes of contemporary visual artists.
FROM THE BOTTOM UP: RETHINKING ART GALLERIES IN A COMMODITY AND EVENT DOMINATED ECOSYSTEM
PARTICIPANTS: Georgina Adam; Helen Allen; Carlos Duran; Darren Flook; Kavi Gupta
MODERATOR: Christian Viveros-Fauné
The art world has been significantly reshaped by the global art market in the last two decades. In a time of flux, many people are questioning the role of galleries, their ability to adjust to changing circumstances and even their existence as brick and mortar spaces. This panel took up some of the central issues surrounding the transformation of the global gallery ecosystem. The conversation covered the bifurcation of the art market, the spectacular rise of art prices, the development and growth of art as an asset class, the speculation associated with the phenomenon of investment-grade art, the importance of art fairs, art fair exhaustion and the increased public identification of art, art galleries and artists with the global .01%. The discussion attempted to identify alternatives to business as usual for galleries committed to the values of artistic innovation, openness and good business.
Panelists: Georgina Adam, Art market columnist, The Financial Times and BBC.com, and Editor-at-large, The Art Newspaper; Helen Allen, Founder and Principal, Allen/Cooper Enterprises and Site/109; Carlos Duran, Director and Owner, Galeria Senda and Co-Founder, the LOOP art fair; Darren Flook, Co-Founder, Independent Art Fair; Kavi Gupta, Director and Owner, Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago and Berlin. Moderated by Christian Viveros-Fauné, New York-based Critic and Curator, Columnist, the Village Voice and Regular Contributor to ArtReview and The Art Newspaper.
Presented by TALKING GALLERIES | The International Platform for Gallerists
HERE AND NOW: BIENNIALS IN THE 21ST CENTURY
PANELISTS: Dan Byers; Michelle Grabner; Franklin Sirmans
MODERATOR: Lynne Cooke
This discussion examined the shifting landscape of recent and upcoming international biennials. How has or hasn't the platform of the biennial evolved? What is or should the function of a biennial be? What might be said of location, subject matter and audience? The debated the idea of the biennial as both an important and challenging gauge of the here and now" and questioned its continual relevance and viability as a platform for the exhibition of contemporary art and artists today.
Panelists: Dan Byers, The Richard Armstrong Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art and Co-Curator, 2013 Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum; Michelle Grabner, Professor, School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Co-Curator, the 2014 Whitney Biennial; Franklin Sirmans, The Terri and Michael Smooke Department Head and Curator of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Artistic Director, Prospect.3 New Orleans 2014. Moderated by Lynne Cooke, The Andrew W. Mellon Professor, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
This panel is co-sponsored by Prospect New Orleans
ART SCENE: HONG KONG NOW
PARTICIPANTS: Ben Brown; Aric Chen; Adrian Cheng; Jane DeBevoise
MODERATOR: Gay Gassmann
T Magazine Contributing Art Editor Gay Gassmann and a panel of Hong Kong art insiders discussed what is happening in the world's most dynamic, new art capital who are the players, what are they doing, where and why now? What are the new models and templates being built? Do the existing models apply or not? Who is the audience and how is the content similar to or different from what the rest of the art world is doing?
Panelists: Ben Brown, Gallery Founder and Principal, Ben Brown Fine Arts, London and Hong Kong; Aric Chen, Curator of Architecture and Design, M+ Museum, Hong Kong; Adrian Cheng, Founder and Chairman, K11 Art Foundation, Hong Kong; Jane DeBevoise, Chair, Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong. Moderated by Gay Gassmann, T Magazine Contributing Art Editor, 18th Century Art Historian and passionate advocate for contemporary art and artists.
Presented by T: The New York Times Style Magazine
SATURDAY, MARCH 8
FAIR VALUE: HOW TOP DEALERS, ADVISORS AND COLLECTORS IDENTIFY VALUE AT AN ART FAIR
PARTICIPANTS: Suzanne Gyorgy; Sean Kelly; Jill Kraus; Allan Schwartzman
MODERATOR: Dorsey Waxter
The Art Dealers Association of America and the Association of Professional Art Advisors hosted a conversation focused on the crucial role of connoisseurship in identifying art of value while navigating the fairs.
Panelists: Suzanne Gyorgy, Managing Director, Art Advisory & Finance, Citi Private Bank; Sean Kelly, Owner and Founder, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York; Jill Kraus, New York-based Collector; Allan Schwartzman, New York-based Art Advisor. Moderated by Dorsey Waxter, President, Art Dealers Association of America Inc.
Presented by the Art Dealers Association of America and the Association of Professional Art Advisors