In recent years, the focal point of the art world has shifted from a few major centers to a multiplicity of artistic communities around the globe. Cultural power is still concentrated in some cities and regions more than others, but the affinities between so-called peripheral locations begin to describe a different geography of contemporary art. In what ways does it still make sense to speak of the periphery at all?
This symposium begins with this question and then asks what forces continue to create the periphery, and what it can mean to create at the periphery. What does the periphery make possible? Can it stand for a certain critical distance? What forms of self-organization, grassroots globalism, and interconnectedness does it generate? Or should we set aside the very concept of center-periphery and think about the geography of contemporary art and culture in other ways?
This event breaks from conventional symposium formats for a more fluid, less hierarchical, and more intimate exchange. It brings together artists, curators, and writers from around world and connects contemporary visual art to issues in literature, performance, and politics. It will be convened simultaneously at SFMOMA and online.
This symposium is the centerpiece of Here, There, and Elsewhere, a series of programs that address shifting geographies in contemporary art. The series takes place over ten days, from November 28 through December 10, and includes talks, screenings, and performances. It is a collaboration between SFMOMA and California Academy of Sciences, California College of the Arts, Pier 24, San Francisco Cinematheque, Galèria de la Raza, Kadist Art Foundation, San Francisco Art Institute and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
For information and content related to the series, visit Story Board, a digital hub for texts, dialogue, multimedia, and a constellation of outside links offering windows onto the worlds of SFMOMA artists and artworks.