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

Thursday, May 2, 2013, 6:00 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 Chung; 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.

6:00 p.m. | Keynote Conversation
“An Art of Unpredictable Becoming”: Considering the Future through Contemporary Art and Culture

Terry Smith in conversation with curator France Morin. Conversation moderated by Pablo Helguera.
This session takes cues from Daniel Birnbaum's scholarship on temporality, as articulated in Chronology (Lukas & Sternberg, New York, 2005), and quotes in its title a phrase that Brian Dillon uses in his review of the essay (Frieze, Issue 98, April 2006).

Tickets ($10, $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.