By Daniela Ortega, Contributing Reporter
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA – Conversations: Art Basel’s 2019 Program starts this Thursday December 5th at 10:30 AM, and runs until Saturday December 7th at 6PM, at the West Lobby Auditorium of the Miami Beach Convention Center. The program of twelve discussion panels is free, and welcomes everyone who wishes to join.
Panel discussions that will cover and debate controversial topics regarding the most pressing and current issues in today’s art world, from climate change to social media. Conversations will be hosted for the first time by Edward Winkleman, renowned New York City art dealer, author and co-founder of “Moving Image”.
The panels will be led by top artists, art historians, curators, dealers and gallerists, and cultural personalities will offer their unique perspectives on “collecting and exhibiting art and the wider artworld ecosystem.” Each one considered a leader and/or expert in the field and topic they are discussing.
The platform for “dialogues and discussions” will open its panel Thursday at 10:30 AM with “Artists’ Influencers,” led by Precious Okoyomon and Rirkrit Tiravanija and moderated by Hans Ulrich. The Thursday program will be followed by “My Body, My Choice?,” presented by Marilyn Minter, Nandipha Mntambo, and Alexandra Natale, and moderated by Catherine Morris.
Afterwards, from 3PM until 4PM, “The Ethics of Museum Funding” will take place, led by Mary Ceruti, Sarah Douglas, Alex Rüger, and Dennis Scholl, moderated by András Szántó. To close the day, “Stonewall at 50 – What Now?” will follow from 5PM until 6PM, led by AA Bronson, Lotic, Carlos Motta, and Sharmistha Ray, with Stuart Comer as moderator.
On Friday December 6th, the first panel, “The Artist and the Gallerist,” will also take place from 10:30 AM until 11:30 AM, led by Nicole Eisenman and Anton Kern, moderated by Bonnie Clearwater. From 1PM until 2PM, “A Global Art Market in a Nationalist World?” will follow, led by Magali Arriola, Maureen Bray, Mike Dorning, and Daniel Roesler, moderated by Jane Morris.
The talks will continue with “How to Reach New Collectors,” presented by Omayra Alvarado-Jensen, Lisa Schiff, and Anita Zabludowicz, with Andrew Goldstein as moderator. The day will finalize with “New Ways of Seeing – Photography Now,” led by Michael Hoeh and Paul Mpagi Sepuya, and moderated by Antwaun Sargent.
The last days of conversations, Saturday December 7th, will begin at 10:30 AM with “Double Knowledge – the Legacy of Carolee Schneemann,” led by Judith Bernstein, Narcissister, and Wendy Olsoff, with Dan Cameron as moderator.
From 1PM until 2PM, and moderated by Stephanie Hessler, Allison Janae Hamilton, Alexis Rockman, Sonia Succar Ferre, and David Wallace-Wells will present “Confronting Climate Change Denial”.
As the program starts to close, from 3PM until 4PM, “Art and Social Media – a Stormy Relationship?” will be led by Agnieszka Kurant and Spencer Tunick, and moderated by Tim Schneider.
The final talk, ‘What Do Young Collectors Expect from the Art Market?,” will be held from 5PM until 6PM, and presented by Joeonna Bellorado-Samuels, Paul Leong, and Elena Soboleva, with Alexander Forbes as moderator.