Global Communities

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesInvited talk


A symposium at Tate St Ives on 26-27 April. We would very much like you to chair the panel discussion at the end of the event. The symposium is called 'Global Communities: Curating Modern Art Today' and is the third in a series that we have worked on on modernist legacies and St Ives. It is a postgraduate/early career symposium thinking about ideas around challenging and repurposing modernism within the art institution, and what this means for the future of curating and programming. We are looking at two big themes, with questioning ideas around modernism at the centre. These two themes are migration and indigeneity, which intersect in really interesting ways in, for instance, how Indigenous artists and curators from different countries are grouping together and finding a common language while also being strongly allied to their specific Aboriginal heritage. More generally, these two themes broaden out to think about terms such as transnationalism, internationalism, diaspora, hybridity and entanglement? (principally with the former) and ecology, locality, sovereignty, ethics, cultural practices and decolonisation (principally with the latter, while also overlapping in complex and exciting ways). In particular, we are thinking about how innovative artistic and curatorial strategies might interject into and fundamentally change the legacies of modernist art, curating and collecting in the institution and how these two themes have within them both alternative histories to the canonical but also alternative methodologies that can inform and alter the traditional. We are thinking that this larger question will be the focus of the panel discussion ending the day that we would really like you to chair. Our keynote speaker is Katya García-Antón, who is the director of the Office for Contemporary Art Norway and editor of Sovereign Words: Indigenous Art, Curation and Criticism<> (2018). We will also have a breakout session in the new collection displays<>, which will be led by a variety of participants and will consider ideas around modernism in the institution (in relation, for instance, to the legacies of institutional collecting, non-canonical histories, and innovative curatorial methodologies). We would be absolutely delighted if you were able to participate in this symposium.
Period26 Apr 201927 Apr 2019
Event typeConference
LocationSt Ives, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Global Communities
  • Tate St Ives
  • Transnationalism
  • Modern Art
  • Curating