The Curators in Conversation series concentrates on creativity—what inspires curiosity, motivates imagination, and produces meaning. The newly inaugurated platform will continue with internationally renowned curator Francesco Bonami, who will be joined by cultural sociologist and best-selling author Sarah Thornton. They will discuss the issues behind 33 Artists in 3 Acts, Thornton’s new book, which examines the role of artists around the world today. Thornton interviewed 130 artists before settling on the ones who feature in her narratives, including Maurizio Cattelan, Damien Hirst, Rashid Johnson, Jeff Koons, Laurie Simmons, Martha Rosler, and Andrea Fraser.
Francesco Bonami has curated exhibitions around the world, including the 2003 Venice Biennale, the 2010 Whitney Biennial, the inaugural show for the Fondazione Pinault at Punta della Dogana in Venice in 2009, and the Damien Hirst retrospective for Qatar Museums Authority in Doha. He was the Manilow Senior Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the director of Fondazione Pitti Discovery in Florence and the director of Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Turin from 1995 to 2014.
Sarah Thornton is the author of Seven Days in the Art World, a witty behind-the-scenes account of the institutions that contribute to an artist’s place in art history. She has been the chief writer on contemporary art for The Economist and has contributed to many publications, television programs, and radio broadcasts. Thornton holds a BA in art history and a PhD in sociology.
A Q&A session and a book signing follow the conversation.
The series is sponsored by Joanne Gold and Andrew Stern.
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