EXPO CHICAGO, The International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art, announces the summer series for /Dialogues in anticipation of the third edition of the fair, September 18–21, 2014. Presented with support by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, /Dialogues offers year-round panel discussions, conversations, and provocative artistic discourse with leading artists, curators, designers, and arts professionals on the current issues that engage them. A series of five /Dialogues panel discussions are set to take place in the West Loop gallery district the weekend of June 7–8.
Locust Projects, a not for profit exhibition space based out of Miami, will present four of the panel discussions through their program Locust Roundtables at Western Exhibitions (845 W. Washington Blvd), The fifth panel, organized by THE SEEN, Chicago’s International Online Journal of Contemporary & Modern Art, in conjunction with AICAD, will take place at Design Cloud (118 N. Peoria St. 2N). All five panels are set to align with the AICAD Conference, taking place June 7–8, and will participate in joining the abundance of art professionals and alumni who will be present from 43 of the leading art & design schools from across the United States and Canada.
Sunday, June 8
Western Exhibitions, 845 W. Washington Blvd.
12:00pm–1:30pm | Abraham Ritchie
Beyond #Art: Using Social Media to Communicate Chicago’s Art Offerings
During any day of the year there is a staggering amount of art-related events going on in the city of Chicago, and yet these events remain disparately distributed and unevenly communicated online. The objective of this panel will be to gather together the individuals who produce content for the social media channels of various art institutions of differing scales to share how and why each uses their respective channels – with an emphasis on Twitter as a platform. Participants include representatives from Chicago’s art museums, university art museums, art focused non-profits, art listing organizations, and potentially Twitter itself. This roundtable will take the form, at times, of a workshop, panel discussion, interview, and question-and-answer session. It is intended to be an open session aimed at creating a long-term online campaign that is open to use by any Chicago art organization.
1:30pm–3:00pm | Ross Jordan
Beer Summit: Envisioning Artistic Engagement With the Archive
Museum displays in presidential libraries are notorious for obfuscating the historical truths found in their archives. Famously, the displays in Ronald Reagan’s presidential library did not mention the Iran-Contra scandal even as it held the documents about those events. The mediated nature of archives has made them an important subject in contemporary art. Artists like Fred Wilson, James Lunam, and Walid Raad have created archive displays that offer uncomfortable histories and ambiguous narratives that reshape public imagination about archival subjects. With bids under development in New York, Hawaii, and Chicago for Obama’s presidential library, how do recent artistic interventions into archives help us envision a body of objects and documents – that are also public resources – for transformation?
3:00pm–4:00pm | Writing Internationally: Experiencing Exhibitions Online
Design Cloud, 118 N. Peoria St. 2N.
Organized and Moderated by Stephanie Cristello, Editor-in-Chief for THE SEEN.
Publishing platforms are changing – the transition from print into online is more rapid now than ever. This discussion will address the different modalities in writing about and documenting exhibitions for online platforms, exploring the many complexities of distance and engagement within the contemporary art world in producing not only texts, but more broadly, online experiences for different readerships.
Ruslana Lichtzier (International Contributor, THE SEEN), Terry R. Myers (Chair of the Painting & Drawing Department at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago), Forrest Nash (Founder, Contemporary Art Daily), and Tara Plath (International Contributor, THE SEEN).