The Curators in Conversation series concentrates on creativity—what inspires curiosity, motivates imagination, and produces meaning. The newly inaugurated platform will continue with cultural sociologist and best-selling author Sarah Thornton. She will discuss the issues behind her new book, 33 Artists in 3 Acts, 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.
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.
Note: Francesco Bonami was initially scheduled to appear with Thornton. He has been detained in Antarctica on account of the weather. Thornton will instead be speaking with Hirshhorn assistant curator Mika Yoshitake, who appeared in Seven Days in the Art World.
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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