Conference: "State of the Art 2020 Summit"
Crystal Bridges Summit, Insights from a Changing America, presents an interactive virtual summit.
This Summit will look at the resonance of themes and ideas raised in the major exhibition: State of the Art 2020. To create this exhibition, Crystal Bridges curators traveled the nation in 2019 meeting hundreds of artists in their workspaces resulting in the selection of a diverse group of 61 artists, from varied backgrounds and at different points in their careers. These individuals represent a cross-section of artists working today and engaged with themes including world-building—creating real and fictional spaces; sense of place—investigating ideas of home, family, and immigration; mapping—connections to and relationships with landscapes and power, and temporarily—the concept of time and how we perceive it. The artists selected are engaging with a range of issues pertinent to contemporary life in the United States. The Summit program will explore their work in relation to the nature of a country in the midst of transformative demographic, technological, environmental, and cultural changes.
This gathering will connect participants with these meaningful trends and themes at the intersection of American art and American life and explore them through the lens of three sessions focusing on topics that have taken on new urgency: “Sense of Place: Nurturing Vibrant Communities,” “Confronting History: Changing the Narrative,” and “Shifting Grounds: Art Education for a New Age.”
CSRC director Chon A. Noriega will speak on the second panel, "Confronting History: Changing the Narrative."
State of the Art 2020 Summit Schedule
Welcome Announcements and Indigenous Peoples and Land Acknowledgment
With Alice Walton, Darren Walker, Katy Knox, and Kerry Washington
Panel #1: Sense of Place: Nurturing Vibrant Communities
Creating a strong sense of place can nurture all types of communities, including those in transition. Across the nation, artists are finding renewed strength and inspiration in their placed-based roots, which may be far from art world capitals. What models of artistic and community engagement are deepening sense of place? What role do art and artists play in fostering community resilience? What does it take to ensure the vibrant presence of art and artists in our communities?
With Mayor Eric Garcetti, L. Kasimu Harris, Mickey Northcutt, and Moderator Rena De Sisto
Artist Spotlight: Suchitra Mattai, Peter Everett, Paul Stephen Benjamin
Panel #2: Confronting History: Changing the Narrative
Many artists are rekindling and reactivating our relationship to history. Finding inspiration in the stories and people in American history that connect with the multitude of voices and perspectives that created this nation and are its future, they are turning history into art. What is the impact of art that confronts history? How can engaging imaginatively with the past help us envision a more just future?
With Chon A. Noriega, Naomi Beckwith, Nick Cave, and Moderator Thelma Golden
Panel #3: Shifting Grounds: Art Education for a New Age
The 2014 State of the Art Summit education panel explored the role of art education in meeting the needs of the future workplace by creating innovative thinkers. Now six years later, we find ourselves in a dramatically changed American landscape. How are the arts preparing young people to become powerful contributors and sources of solutions to civic and social concerns? What are the ways in which museums provide a platform for youth agency? How do we – the leaders in arts, education, business, and philanthropy – hold ourselves accountable for preparing young people to participate in a civil society as they enter the 21st-century workforce?
With Mario Rossero, Ben Folds, Coco Vasquez, Phaedra Byrd, and Damon Locks
Speakers and special guests reflect on the question: How do the arts inspire you to imagine the future?
Artist Spotlight: JooYoung Choi, Cristina Molina, Jody Kuehner
The recording of this conference can be viewed here.