Nov 09 2020


2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Interrogating Global Contemporary Art: Global Roundtable

The University of Houston Art History Program invites you to join us for a series of free online conversations Interrogating Global Contemporary Art: Research, Pedagogy, Museums aimed at illuminating the idea of global contemporary art. Individual presentations by preeminent scholars and curators will highlight diverse approaches to shaping the notion of global contemporary art through research, pedagogy, exhibition-making and public outreach.

The series culminates in a “Global Roundtable” that reconvenes all speakers in dynamic group conversation. We ask: What is global contemporary art and how is it remaking approaches to artistic practice, scholarship and curation? In a moment of cultural reckoning that has rendered past efforts at diversifying and expanding the canon insufficient, how can the idea of global contemporary art help us to critically and ethically engage in the reconstruction of a historically exclusive discipline?

As academic programs and museums adopt its rhetoric—along with its weaknesses and blindspots—is global contemporary art here to stay? Presented in a lively and engaging format, the series will examine the stakes of the global contemporary paradigm as scholars, educators and curators urgently push to reinvent the discipline and its institutions. 


Thursday, October 8, 2:30pm CST 
David Joselit, Professor of Art, Film and Visual Studies at Harvard University

Tuesday, October 13, 3:00pm CST
Mari Carmen Ramírez, Wortham Curator of Latin American Art at the  Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Thursday, October 15, 2:30pm CST
Leah Dickerman, Director of Editorial and Content Strategy at The Museum of Modern Art

Wednesday, October 28, 2:30pm CST
Atreyee Gupta, Assistant Professor of Global Modern Art and South and   Southeast Asian Art at the University of California, Berkeley

Monday, November 9, 2:00pm CST
Global Roundtable

Please visit for further information, including details on how to join the Zoom conversations, access related readings and receive any additional updates and to get links to view live streams or archived recordings.

Interrogating Global Contemporary Art: Research, Pedagogy, Museums is organized by Art History faculty members Natilee Harren, Sandra Zalman, and Postdoctoral Fellow Dorota Biczel with support from the University of Houston Division of Research and with promotional support from Blaffer Art Museum.