Global Compass

Global Compass - Five International Curators and Critics Give Their Perspectives
on Art Now

"By the end of the 20th century, contemporary art had truly become global in scope. New York could no longer claim its distinction as the major center of 'new art.' Indeed, the 'new' contemporary art was proliferating internationally. London, Berlin, Leipzig, Beijing, Tokyo, and other cities became centers of creative explosion. Further, the 'new art' did not appear to have just one major movement - one set of attitudes - that could claim center stage. 'New art' had become multicultural, multifaceted, and multiconceptual.

The loosening of economic, cultural, political, and social system boundaries - globalization - had broadened creative possibilities, or perhaps the very definition of art, to challenge and inspire artists everywhere. The advent of digital communication, the reduction of international barriers, and the rise of an international economy have changed the rules forever."

To further our understanding of what globalization means to contemporary art, Oberlin Professor of Art John Pearson has brought together these five distinguished curators, critics, and museum directors to create what is hoped will be an exciting and pedagogically meaningful dialogue.

Kay Heymer - Director, Jablonka Galerie (Cologne and Berlin)
Chrissie Iles - Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Curator of Film and Video, Whitney Museum of American Art
Roger Christoper McDonald - Deputy Director and Founding Member, Art Initiative Tokyo (AIT)
Hans Ulrich Obrist - Director of International Projects, Serpentine Gallery (London)
Roberta Smith - Art Critic, New York Times

Steve Litt - Art and Architecture Critic, The Plain Dealer

Hewlett Mellon Presidential Discretionary Fund
Oberlin College Art Department Baldwin Fund
The Office of the Dean of the Arts and Sciences
Additional support for this project was generously provided by Cristina Delgado (OC '80) and
Stephen Olsen (OC '79).

** Please note: All presentations will be held in the West Auditorium of the Oberlin College Science Center (Woodland Avenue). This program is free and open to the public.

Each speaker will offer a one-hour presentation. After the speakers have concluded their presentations each day, a questions-and-answer period will follow.

Friday, November 9
1:30 - 2:30 pm - Hans Ulrich Obrist
2:30 - 3:30 pm - Roger McDonald
3:30 - 4:30 pm - Steve Litt
4:30 - 5:30 pm - Q&A

Saturday, November 10
10:00 - 11:00 am - Roberta Smith
11:00 - Noon - Chrissie Iles
12:15 - 1:30 pm - Lunch
1:45 - 2:45 pm - Kay Heymer
2:45 - 3:30 pm - Q&A
3:45 - 5:45 pm - Panel discussion with further question time (moderated by Hans Ulrich Obrist)

6:00 - 7:30 pm - Reception, Allen Memorial Art Museum (East Gallery)