Rapid Response Webinars

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The CIMAM board has designed a program of Rapid Response Webinars that will allow CIMAM members to continue discussing the most urgent concerns and questions affecting the modern and contemporary art museum community at this time. This initiative responds to CIMAM’s spirit and commitment to be a platform for global discussion, a space for sharing and connecting, for learning and encouraging cooperation.

Rapid Response Webinars are held every last Thursday of the month moderated by board members at different time zones and guests. They aim to provide short capsules on urgent concerns for the profession throughout the year. Rapid Response Webinars are free of cost and accessible only for CIMAM members. Sessions are recorded and posted at the Members Only section of the CIMAM website for those who missed the time.

Calendar of Webinars

- 28 May, The View from Here, with Suzanne Cotter, Ernestine Mifetu-White, and Sally Tallant. Moderated by Frances Morris.

- 25 June 2020, Reaching Across Distancing, with Luis Camnitzer, Max Jorge Hinderer Cruz, Elvira Espejo Ayca, and Agustín Pérez Rubio. Moderated by Victoria Noorthoorn.

- 30 July 2020, Museum Audiences and Sustainability Today, Zoe Butt, Rhana Devenport and Gridthiya Gaweewong. Moderated by Suhanya Raffel.

- 27 August 2020 with Malgorzata Ludwisiak, and Ernestine White–Mifetu.

- 24 September 2020 with Calin Dan and Ann-Sofi Noring.

- 29 October 2020 with Saskia Bos and Sarah Glennie.

- 26 November 2020 with Mami Kataoka and Eugene Tan.

#1 The View from Here

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  • Suzanne Cotter, CIMAM Board Member, and Director, Mudam Luxembourg - Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg.
  • Ernestine Mifetu-White, Director, William Humphreys Art Gallery, Kimberley.
  • Sally Tallant, Director, Queens Museum of Art, New York.

Moderated by Frances Morris, CIMAM Board Member, and Director, Tate Modern, London.

In a political and social context where people are not interested in art and culture because they are starving, engaging with artists to unpack what this means for society is critical to demonstrate the relevance and importance of the creative community. Ernestine Mifetu-White

This crisis is an opportunity to remind everyone else that museums are part of the economics, the makeup of a place, and the identity of the people that live in that place. Suzanne Cotter

Did you miss it? Watch the webinar at CIMAM's only member section.

#2 Reaching Across Distancing

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  • Luis Camnitzer, Uruguayan artist and writer, New York.
  • Max Jorge Hinderer Cruz, Director, Museo Nacional de Arte (MNA), La Paz.
  • Elvira Espejo Ayca, Director, Museo Nacional de Etnografía y Folklore (MUSEF), La Paz.
  • Agustín Pérez Rubio, CIMAM Board Member and Curator, 11th Berlin Biennale, Berlín.

Moderated by Victoria Noorthoorn, CIMAM Board Member and Director, Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires.

If one can no longer go to museums as before, what's next? There is no public to justify the museum as a house of spectacles. This reveals how fragile this definition of museums has always been, how it helps to create an art bubble by now held together by a flimsy web of finance threat. And worst, how the exhibition industry doesn't help but is an obstacle to a good education. Luis Camnitzer

The main spoken languages in Bolivia don't have such a word as art. So having museums in a country that has thirty-six official languages, what does art mean? First of all, the raison d'être of art should be to contribute to the unconditional equality of everyone and to everyone's non-negotiable right to life indifference. Max Jorge Hinderer Cruz

Because museums are placed in urban areas, it is crucial to see how we approach them from a city perspective, as many of these collections, from an archeological and ethnographical point of view, come from communities. We created a program to visit the communities with a portable museum so people can get to know who we are and how we are. Elvira Espejo Ayca

Museums are creators of a symbolic capital that can help in the idea of visibility, understanding, and awareness, but with this pandemic, the situation becomes more urgent because it has polarized the vulnerable. So what kind of institutions are we building? What are the discourses museums are giving now that we face lots of injustice within the art workers' world? Agustín Pérez Rubio

Did you miss it? Watch the webinar at CIMAM's only member section.

#3 Museum Audiences and Sustainability Today

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Thursday 30 July 2020
2:00 pm HKT / 3:30 pm ACST / 8 am CEST

  • Gridthiya Gaweewong, Director, Jim Thompson Art Center, Bangkok.
  • Rhana Devenport, CIMAM Board Member and Director, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide.
  • Zoe Butt, Director, The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre, Saigon.

Moderated by Suhanya Raffel, CIMAM Board Member and Museum Director, M+, Hong Kong.

Rapid Response Webinars are free of cost and accessible only for CIMAM Members. Sessions are recorded and posted at the Members Only section of the CIMAM website for those who missed the time.

Register here.