The Independent Art Spaces Symposium at the New Museum

This Saturday, the New Museum will host a launch for the Art Spaces Directory, a comprehensive collection of profiles of over 400 institutions from 96 countries published as part of The Ungovernables, in conjunction with ArtAsiaPacific.

To mark its publication, the museum has put together a two-panel Independent Art Spaces Symposium, featuring the directors of some of the city’s most preeminent independent spaces, including Lia Gangitano of Participant, Inc, and Stefan Kalmár, of Artist Space.

Here is a breakdown of the panels from the event’s website:

Panel 1
What can happen in these spaces that cannot happen elsewhere? What unique challenges do these spaces face? Is failure inevitable? Panelists include: Lia Gangitano, founder/director of PARTICIPANT INC, New York; Stefan Kalmár, executive director and curator of Artists Space, New York; Heejin Kim, director of Art Space Pool, Seoul, Korea; and Tobias Ostrander, chief curator and deputy director for curatorial affairs at the Miami Art Museum. Moderated by Eungie Joo and Ethan Swan.

Panel 2
This panel considers current attempts at working without a physical space, through online platforms and nomadic initiatives. Participants include: Lauren Cornell, Executive Director, Rhizome, and Adjunct Curator, New Museum, New York; Deana Lawson, co-founder/co-director, 68 Months Discussion Group, New York; Daniela Perez, co-founder, de_sitio, Mexico City, Mexico; and Sarah Rifky, founding director of CIRCA, Cairo, Egypt. Moderated by Eungie Joo and Ethan Swan.

The panel starts at 12pm, and is $8 at the door. You can pick up a Directory in the Museum bookstore (and while you’re at it, get one of those Birdbath quinoa cookies.)

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