The Museum Reader: what practices should 21st century Museums pursue, how and why?

Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea – Museu do Chiado, Lisbon, March 9 – 10, 2017

The international conference “The Museum Reader”, organised by the Art History Institute of the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences of the
Universidade Nova de Lisboa and the National Museum of Contemporary Art – Museu do Chiado, aims to propose thematic lines and noteworthy points to stimulate thought, reflection and debate of new realities, practices and working conditions identified in museums in the 21st century. Its purpose is to analyse and systematise new methods and paradigms, trends and different practices and ways of imagining the role of art
institutions in the context of the present-day art scene. There will be particular emphasis on the following themes:
– Museums in the transition from the 20th to the 21st century – The museum and the neoliberal concept of culture
– The paradigmatic transformations of art institutions in the context of the current social, economic and political order
– Institutional critique as investigation of the framework and functioning of art institutions
– The museum as a place of negotiation and conflict
– The potential of institutions and the new institutional sphere: new Institutionalism, radical museology, critical museology
– Critique and experimentation in art institutions
– Institutional and non-institutional practices within the museum
– Challenges for museums and art institutions inside new art practices
– The future identity of art institutions

(subject to changes)

Day 1
Thursday, March 9, 2017

09.30 – Registration

09.45 – Welcome & Introduction

10.00 – 10.45 – 1. Keynote
Ferran Barenblit (Director, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Barcelona – MACBA, Spain)

10.45 -11.15 – Coffee break

11.15 – 13.00 – 2. Paper Sessions

Why public art institutions still matter a lot – a Greek experience – an artist’s perspective – Evanthia Tsantila (Artist, lives in Berlin
and Lisbon)

Researching the museum from the inside. From artist to curator, from curator to artist: the curatorial practice of New Institutionalism as
3rd wave of Institutional Critique – Micaela Deiana (UniNettuno University, Rome, Italy)

New Institutionalism, Then and Now – Pedro de Llano Neira (Postdoctoral researcher, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, Spain)

Transnational challenges in the modern and contemporary art museum – Giulia Lamoni (Brooks Fellow Delfina Foundation / Tate Modern; FCT
Researcher IHA, FCSH, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Portugal)

13.00 – 14.30 – Lunch (on tour own)

14.30 – 16.00 – 3. Paper Sessions

Conspiratorial institutions? Museums and social transformation in the post-crisis period – Jesus Carrillo (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid,

De-institutionalizing the new institutionalism – TOMÁS RUIZ-RIVAS
(Director and founder, Antimuseum for Contemporary Art, Spain)

Bursing the bubble: The urgent need for strong and socially engaged leadership – Maria Vlachou (Cultural Management an Communications
consultant, executive director of Acesso Cultura, Portugal)

16.00 – 16.30 – Coffee break

16.30 – 18.00 – 4. Paper Sessions

Art, Ideology and Power: political appropriations of art museums in postcolonial Asian contexts – the Macao Museum of Art as a case study –
Patrícia Melo (PhD Candidate, FCSH, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Portugal)

The colonial gaze in contemporary technologies of display: the forthcoming Museum of the Discoveries – Carolina Rito (Researcher and
curator, IHC, FCSH, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Portugal)

The museum as an archival space for practices of decolonial curating – Nancy Dantas (PhD candidate, Art History and Visual Culture, Rhodes
University; Liaison Officer, University of Cape Town, South Africa)

Day 2
Friday, March 10, 2017

10.00 – 10.45 – 5. Keynote
Pieternel Vermoortel (FormContent, KASK (Ghent), Goldsmiths, University of London)

10.45 – 11.15 – Coffee break

11.15 – 13.00 – 6. Paper Sessions

Dagognet’s Critique of the Museum as a “Machine of Deceit”: The Protest that calls for Radical Metamorphosis – Katherine Sirois (PhD Candidate
in co-supervision between Lisbon (IHA, FCSH, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa) and Paris (Paris I-Panthéon Sorbonne)

The potentialities of artistic & cultural mediation for the Museum of the XXI Century: the case of “On Mediation” (2013-2017) – ANNA MARIA
GUASCH, OLGA SUREDA, CHRISTIAN ALONSO (Director and coordinators of “On Mediation” Project, Spain: 1) Professor of Global Art History and Art Criticism, University of Barcelona; 2) Independent curator, writer and cultural manager; 3) PhD Candidate, researcher, curator and teacher, Department of Art History of the University of Barcelona and curator)

Curating the University – ANA CRISTINA CACHOLA E LUÍSA SANTOS (FCH, CECC, Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Portugal)

13.00 – 14.30 – Lunch (on your own)

14.30 – 16.00 – 7. PAPER SESSIONS

Art, Alternative understandings of art in contemporary practices of museum education – MARTA ORNELLAS (Researcher, CIEBA – Centro de
Investigação e de Estudos em Belas-Artes, Portugal)

Do things exist unseen? Criticism, creation and experimentation in continuing education with educators, at the Rio Art Museum (MAR) – Rio
de Janeiro, Brazil – GLEYCE KELLY HEITOR AND MARIA CLARA BOING (1) Educational coordinator, Escola do Olhar at Rio Art Museum, PhD,
PUC-RJ; 2) Project Educator, Rio Art Museum, Brazil.

The action in new symbolic spaces inside and outside the museum – COLETIVO TRÁFICO LÍBRE DE CONOCIMIENTOS – Estrella Luna Muñoz, Mexico

16.00 – 16.30 – Coffee break

16.30 – 18.00 – 8. ROUND TABLE
Participants: Axel Stockburger, Hugo Canoilas, Paulo Mendes

Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea – Museu do Chiado. Rua Capelo 13, 1200-444 Lisboa

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