Announcing the 2017 New York lineup for 1:54 FORUM

Koyo Kouoh (Artistic Director of RAW Material Company, Dakar), who has curated 1:54 FORUM since the fair’s inception will focus this edition on exploring some of the radical imperatives underlining African and African American artistry today. Convening a range of leading artists, performers, curators and scholars, FORUM will unfold a spectrum of aesthetic strategies dealing with themes of temporal and material abstraction, narrativisation and transformation. The programme will directly explore how artists enable us to visualise, but also mobilise new artistic communities and connections.

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This year, 1:54 New York welcomes Raél Jero Salley (Professor in Art History, Maryland Institute College of Art) as the keynote speaker. Artists participating are Derrick Adams, Sadie Barnette, Charles Gaines, Malik Gaines and Alexandro Segade (2/3 of the collective My Barbarian), Mendi + Keith Obadike, Odili Donald Odita, Adam Pendleton, Sondra Perry, Marcia Kure and Tschabalala Self. Curators and scholars participating include Adrienne Edwards (Curator, Performa and Curator at Large, Walker Art Center), Eungie Joo (Artistic Director, 5th Anyang Public Art Project–APAP 5), Thomas J. Lax (Associate Curator, Museum of Modern Art), Ugochukwu-Smooth Nzewi (Curator of African Art, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College) and Nicola Vassell (Founder, Concept NV).


Listen to all FORUM talks online

Weren’t able to join us in New York? You can now listen to the full program of FORUM talks here.

Curated by Koyo Kouoh (RAW Material Company, Dakar), FORUM’s discursive program aims at exploring convergences across artistic and cultural production, critical thinking and ideas.

1:54 FORUM 2016 in New York: "The Politics and Privilege of Play", Dexter Wimberly (independent curator) in conversation with ruby onyinyechi amanze (artist)
1:54 FORUM 2016 in New York: “The Politics and Privilege of Play”, Dexter Wimberly (independent curator) in conversation with ruby onyinyechi amanze (artist)

FORUM Program Announced, 6-7 May 2016

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, the leading transnational fair for Africa and Africa-related art practices and projects, announces the 2016 schedule for 1:54 FORUM, the fair’s unique discursive program curated by Koyo Kouoh, Founder and Artistic Director of RAW Material Company, Dakar and Curator of the 2016 EVA International – Ireland’s Biennial of Contemporary Art.

This year devised as a collaborative format, Kouoh welcomes to the program Adrienne Edwards (Performa, New York and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis), Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi (Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College), and Dexter Wimberly (independent New York-based curator).

In addition to FORUM, 1:54 is hosting 1:54 PERFORMS, a new performance section for this year’s edition co-presented with Performa and curated by Adrienne Edwards, Curator at Performa and Curator-at-Large at the Walker Art Center. This innovative platform of the fair will centre around two original performances.

To view full FORUM program, click here.
Listen to 2015 talks in the FORUM archive here.

Featuring contributions from a rising generation of cultural entrepreneurs and producers, FORUM’s program will pivot around contemporary forms of exhibition, collecting, and dissemination. Through a series of panel discussions and artist talks, discussants will consider critical topics that include independent and institutional curating in a digital and increasingly decentered age. This will build on current waves of productivity steadily metabolising the digital as a valuable tool in disseminating and connecting with forms of knowledge and exchange.

The program will act as a go-between travelling from historical, formative moments to future hypotheses in the areas of artmaking, exhibition, dissemination, and critical reflection. With a vast amount of activity now taking place online, the subject of how institutions have sought to deal with this shift, with its own set of conditions of engagement and display, will be visited.

Further considered will be the art world’s increasingly digitality, and how this might be mapped out in respect of routes of physical repatriation. This comes at a time when many creative practitioners, having undertaken their training and education in the United States and Europe, are returning to the African continent to work in the cultural sector. Challenges abound, we might ask whether this means more possibilities are being afforded; and whether professionals are able to move more freely to live and work beyond the limits of geography.

Entry to FORUM is included in tickets to 1:54, no pre-booking is required.

1:54 NY 2015 FORUM Programme Announced

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair hosts FORUM, an extensive programme of artist talks, panel discussions and lectures during its New York debut 15–16 May 2015. Forum will be held at Pioneer Works in Red Hook, Brooklyn alongside the fair 15–17 May.

Curated by Koyo Kouoh, Artistic Director of RAW Material Company, FORUM aims to stimulate discussion and debate with some of the art world’s most inspirational players. The New York iteration looks to reexamine present and future notions of 21st century African diasporic identities as traversed, negotiated and performed in the arenas of intellectual, cultural and artistic practices. A special focus will be given to important voices active in these fields across the last 35 years.

Admission to FORUM events are free with any ticket to 1:54 NY, Frieze NY, or a VIP Pass (1:54/Frieze), but guests must reserve their seats in advance due to a limited capacity.

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