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C-MAP Seminar: Looking Sideways
The Contemporary and Modern Art Perspectives (C-MAP) research groups periodically organize a seminar between all four groups that connect their broad research interests and enable members to think more deeply about how the Museum might best address a global view of modern and contemporary art. Hinged on the transversal as a means to engage with and envision new networks and ways of thinking about modern and contemporary art, this year’s edition offers an exploration and interrogation of the intertwinings of multiple coeval lifeworlds through concepts of “extending across.”


Looking Sideways

Wednesday, June 2, 9–11 AM EST

Introduced by Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi, Steven and Lisa Tananbaum Curator of Painting and Sculpture, MoMA


This panel will look at the processes of migration and contra-flows connecting regions while examining their artistic legacies. Looking at particular geographies, artists, and their stories across time, it will challenge mainstream conceptions of the directionality of exchange within modern and contemporary art. How can minor positions weave a fabric of their own links directly, bypassing the centers of power and information? How can these transnational shared stories be acknowledged and told in a context that recognizes their complexity within history and display systems largely guided by national or global presentations?


Ruth Simbao, DSI/NRF SARChi Chair in Geopolitics and the Arts of Africa and Professor, Department of Fine Arts, Rhodes University, South Africa

Corina L. Apostol, Curator, Tallinn Art Hall, Tallinn, Estonia

Sorawit Songsataya, Artist, Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand

Moderated by Wong Binghao, C-MAP Asia Fellow, MoMA


This session will be closed captioned.

Jun 2, 2021 09:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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