On Kawara. <i>One Million Years.</i> 1999. Artist's book in two volumes, each: 5 15/16 x 4 5/16 x 1 3/4" (15.1 x 10.9 x 4.4 cm). Publisher: Editions Micheline Szwajcer and Michèle Didier, Brussels. Printer: Jongbloed, Heerenveen, The Netherlands. 570. Monroe Wheeler Fund. © 2013 On Kawara

Art at Large: Art Making in the Long View

Friday, May 3, 2013, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Theater 3 (The Celeste Bartos Theater), mezzanine, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building

The Contemporary Art Forum presents timely and innovative programs (lectures, conversations, and performances) that address pressing issues in contemporary art, and grow out of discussions with MoMA curators. Participants include artists and designers, critics, curators, and scholars, among others.

This year’s Contemporary Art Forum focuses on long-term, process-based art and its impact on the experience of art. These practices pose interesting questions today, when the proliferation of biennials, exhibitions, and publications has resulted in both a boom in art production and a new appreciation for art that takes the long view. While many artists establish concrete goals, the processes we are interested in examining may span the lifetime of the artist, require ongoing participation or discussion, and be linked more to research and exploration than to a pre-established plan. As such, these projects may not culminate in an end product or be able to be regarded or displayed as an "artwork." Through a series of conversations, presentations, and "experiences," artists, curators, and writers explore how these challenges to the constraints of time and the expectations of final product and finality force viewers and participants to reconsider the role of art in society. Participants include curators France Morin, Brooke Davis Anderson, and Doryun Chong; art historian and critic Terry Smith; time-based media conservator Glenn Wharton; artists Rick Lowe, Yukinori Yanagi, Jeanne van Heeswijk, Julieta Aranda, and Trevor Paglen; writer Tan Lin; architecture collective Raumlabor Berlin; Sally Tallant, Artistic Director of the Liverpool Biennial; and Pablo Helguera, Director, Adult and Academic Programs, Department of Education, MoMA.

To learn more about the Contemporary Art Forum, please see the pre-conference Questionnaire, which poses questions related to the topic of Art at Large and compiles answers from a number of conference participants.

10:00–10:15 a.m. | Welcome and Introductions
Pablo Helguera

10:15–11:45 a.m. | Roundtable Discussion
The Ongoing Life of Art: Urban Interventions and Artistic Practice
Rick Lowe, Markus Bader of Raumlabor Berlin, Yukinori Yanagi, and Jeanne van Heeswijk. Moderated by Sally Tallant.

11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m. | Time/Food
Time/Food is one of several initiatives of Time/Bank, an e-flux project by Julieta Aranda and Anton Vidokle, that functions both as a visualization of a parallel economy and its practical deployment. This iteration of Time/Food offers a lunchtime tasting to Contemporary Art Forum attendees in exchange for time credits and time currency that can be earned by engaging with others in the Time/Bank community. Initiated in 2009,Time/Bank is a platform that enables people to trade goods and services without using money. Learn more about Time/Bank. In order to partake in MoMA's Time/Food lunch, you must register in advance.

1:15–2:45 p.m. | Case Studies
Questioning the Constraints of Time and the Unpredictability of the Creative Process
Julieta Aranda, Brooke Davis Anderson, Svetlana Boym, and Tan Lin. Moderated by Doryun Chong.

2:45–3:00 p.m. | Break

3:00–3:45 p.m. | The Hypothetical Audience
Trevor Paglen in conversation with Glenn Wharton.

3:45–5:00 p.m. | Respondents Session
Jens Hoffmann, Svetlana Boym, and Sally Tallant

Tickets ($12, $8 members and corporate members, $5 students, seniors and staff of other museums) can be purchased online at MoMA.org/momatalks or at the information desk in the main lobby, the film desk or in the Education and Research Building lobby on the day of the program.