The Armory Show and Prospect New Orleans

The Armory Show 2014, taking place March 6-10, on Piers 92 and 94 in central Manhattan, announces the upcoming edition of Open Forum, the annual thought-provoking discussion series featuring leading curators, critics, designers, gallerists, museum directors, and art world experts. All panels will take place in T: The New York Times Style Magazine Media Lounge on Pier 94.

HERE AND NOW: BIENNIALS IN THE 21ST CENTURY
FRIDAY, MARCH 7th
3:00–4:30pm

PANELISTS: Dan Byers; Michelle Grabner; Franklin Sirmans
MODERATOR: Lynne Cooke

This discussion will draw on questions arising from 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 panelists will examine the idea of the biennial as both an important and challenging gauge of the “here and now” and question its continual relevance and viability as a platform for the exhibition of contemporary art and artists today.

Featuring 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.