FORART Seminar

1-3 pm
Astrup Fearnley Museet
Event type
Christophe Cherix
The Seminar is a continuation of the Lecture: Collecting Conceptual Art: How to Buy an Idea held at Litteraturhuset Friday, October 26, 6-8 pm

In a time when Conceptual Art, which mostly existed on the fringes of the institutional art world, is being collectedand studied as one of the key historical touchpoints of the twentieth century, the critical issues it bringsforward in relation to authorship, display, and ownership of artworks, as well as the internationalization of theart world, the participation of the spectator, and the artists’ right to control their own work, need to be fullyaddressed both scholarly and curatorially. This presentation focuses on these three collections and their place in the Museum today.


Christophe Cherix is The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Chief Curator of Prints and Illustrated Books at The Museumof Modern Art in New York. He is a specialist on modern and contemporary art, with a particular focuson printed art of the 1960s and 1970s. He has done in-depth work on the productions of a large numberof artists, including Carl Andre, Robert Morris, Barry Le Va, Allen Ruppersberg, and Mel Bochner, John M.Armleder, Maurizio Nannucci and Lucy McKenzie, and has curated exhibitions such as Print/Out, a survey ofprints, books, and ephemera from the late 1980s to the present (2012), In & Out of Amsterdam: Travels inConceptual Art, 1960-1976 (2009); Projects 88: Lucy McKenzie (2008); and Book/Shelf (2008), an explorationof how artists have used the book as an object in contemporary art. He has been a chief curator at the Cabinetdes estampes at the Musée d’art et d’histoire in Geneva, and has written extensively for museum cataloguesand art journals. At the Museum of Modern Art he has been responsible for the acquisition of a number of Europeanand American collections of Conceptual Art as well as the Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus collection,an in-depth documentation of the founding and development of the international Fluxus movement.

Sabrina van der Ley is the director for contemporary art at the National Museum of Art, Architecture andDesign, Norway. Before taking up the position in Oslo, she was working as Chief Curator for ContemporaryArt at Hamburger Kunsthalle’s Galerie der Gegenwart. She studied art history at the University of Cologneand worked for several years at galleries and institutions in Germany, England and the US before she becameManaging Director of the Gesellschaft fuer Moderne Kunst, Cologne. In 1997, she moved to Berlin as thecurator of the Hoffmann Collection. From 2000 until 2008, she served as Artistic Director of Art Forum Berlin.Together with Markus Richter she curated the exhibitions Ideal City - Invisible Cities in Zamość, Poland andPotsdam, Germany in 2006 and Megastructure Reloaded 2008 in Berlin. In 2005, she received the Crossof Merit in Gold of the Republic of Poland for her engagement toward German-Polish relations in the field ofcontemporary art.

Tone Hansen is the Director of Henie Onstad Art Centre. She is the editor of (Re)Staging the Art Museum(2011) and Thousand Eyes: Media technology, law and aesthetics (2011). Recent exhibition projects includeMoDERNISM MACHINE (2012) with Dag Erik Elgin and KHIO; In Translation (2011) with Saskia Holmkvist;World Rehearsal Court (2011) with Judy Radul, the retrospective presentation of Hito Steyerl (2010) and Tobe Heard is to be Seen (2009) with various artists. Other projects include the 2007 exhibition and publication Megamonstermuseum; How to Imagine a Museum of Today? and the anthologies The New Administration ofAesthetics (2007) and What Does Public Mean? Art as a Participant in the Public Arena (2006). Hansen held aresearch position at the Oslo National Academy of Art in Oslo (2003-2008), and was acting chairman of YoungArtists Society (2003-2005).

Ina Blom is a Professor at the Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas. Her fields of researchare modernism/avant-garde studies and contemporary art with a particular focus on media aestheticsand the relationship between art, technology, media and politics. She is currently directing the NFR supportedresearch project The Archive in Motion (2011-2013) also works as an art critic, contributing to Artforum, Afterall,Parkett, and Texte zur Kunst. She has done a number of curatorial projects, among other things on thetopics of Fluxus and Mail Art. Her most recent book is On The Style Site. Art, Sociality and Media Culture, NewYork: Sternberg Press, 2007 (2009).

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