ArtPrize Speaker Series To Address The Role of Contemporary Arts In The Urban Experience

The 2013 ArtPrize Speaker Series will provide a meeting ground for distinguished guests—jurors and experts—who are asking how art interacts with the realities of today’s cities. Each event will raise questions and awareness with the audience, which come to the forefront during the annual ArtPrize event.

ArtPrize is an inherently urban experience, with art taking over every possible corner within three-square miles of downtown Grand Rapids. This grand civic project, with no central curation, direction or management, is led by the ideas and experiments of thousands of artists, venue curators and attendees.

The ArtPrize 2013 Speaker Series will feature three events:

The Re-Imagined City (sponsored by CWD Real Estate Investment)
Tues., Sept. 24; 7:00 p.m.
The ArtPrize HUB

• Reed Kroloff, director of Cranbrook Academy of Art & Art Museum
• Eva Franch i Gilabert, executive director and curator of the Storefront for Art and Architecture

Kroloff and Franch i Gilabert will discuss the possibilities and pitfalls of architectural interventions in existing urban spaces.

Can Art Save Cities? (sponsored by CWD Real Estate Investment)
Thurs., Sept. 26; 7:00 p.m.
Ladies Literary Club

• Anne Pasternak, president and artistic director of Creative Time
• Mel Chin, artist and activist
• Manon Slome, president and chief curator of No Longer Empty

The 2013 Juried Grand Prize committee will discuss the role of contemporary art in urban revitalization. Each panelist will share strategies from their own practice and discuss productive ways forward.

Artist-Run Michigan (sponsored by Herman Miller)
Tues. Oct. 1; 7:00 p.m.
The ArtPrize HUB

Featuring presentations from:
• SiTE:LAB
• Flint Public Art Project
• Avenue for the Arts
• Cabin Time
• Complex Movements
• Rabbit Island Artist Residency

Michigan-grown artists will share their stories and ideas with individual presentations about the multitude of artist-run initiatives that are leading the state’s vibrant art scene.

“Urbanism across the country is increasing and a healthy contemporary art scene is frequently cited as the bellwether for a city’s growth. The 2013 ArtPrize Speaker Series will feature a critical conversation around the issues that face art and the urban experience,” said Kevin Buist, director of exhibitions at ArtPrize. “It is our hope that the distinguished guests speaking at ArtPrize this year will lead a critical conversation around these topics in a way that deepens understanding and pushes the discourse forward about what’s happening at ArtPrize and the art world beyond.”

In addition to three speaking events, ArtPrize will host two panel discussions on the art of ArtPrize 2013. These include:

Juried Awards Shortlist (sponsored by Huntington Bank)
Mon., Sept. 23; 7:00 p.m.
The ArtPrize HUB

• 2D Juror: John Yau, editor, Hyperallergic Weekend
• 3D Juror: Hesse McGraw, vice president for exhibitions and public programs, San Francisco Art Institute
• Urban Space Juror: Eva Franch i Gilabert, executive director and curator of the Storefront for Art and Architecture
• Venue Juror: Alice Gray Stites, chief curator, 21c Museum
• Time-Based Juror: Rashida Bumbray, independent curator in New York

These jurors will announce and discuss their five finalists for their respective category awards. The event will be televised live on WOOD TV 8.

Critical Discourse (sponsored by Square One Design)
Mon., Sept. 30; 7:00 p.m.
The ArtPrize HUB

Following the public’s Top Ten decisions, professional critics will examine the public’s choices through a critical eye. Questions from the audience are encouraged, creating a legendary event between arts professionals and the public.

The ArtPrize Speaker Series, Short List and Critical Discourse events will be held at the ArtPrize HUB (with the exception of the Grand Jury Panel, which will be at the Ladies Literary Club). All presentations will begin at 7:00 p.m. and will be free and open to the public.

ArtPrize is the world’s largest competition for contemporary art and the largest to be decided by public vote. In 2013, ArtPrize will feature 1,524 entries from 49 countries and 45 U.S. states and territories, as well as nearly a half-million active participants will descend on the city and create their own, personal, urban experience.

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