Now Talks & More | Public Programs

Ways Forward: New Institutional Paradigms and Practices

Virtual

Hear from leaders of vanguard arts organizations redefining the critical role of the arts in society through access, equity, and coalition building in this panel discussion held in conjunction with Climate Changing.

The entwined health crises of COVID-19 and systemic racism have presented all arts and cultural organizations with extraordinary challenges, prompting an overdue reckoning with institutional ethics, structure, and purpose. This panel endeavors to articulate the ways in which several arts organizations have already reenvisioned paradigms and practices of access, equity, accountability, care, and coalition building—both internally through their work culture and structure, and in a broader social environment through their programming and relationships with communities, artists, advocacy groups, and peer institutions. Together, the invited speakers will discuss their own tactics, challenges, and ongoing efforts to sustain, evolve, and amplify this work in service of social justice and interdependence now and into the future.

Inspired by the Wexner Center’s current exhibition Climate Changing: On Artists, Institutions, and the Social Environment, this program features Andrea Andersson (Rivers Institute for Contemporary Art & Thought, New Orleans); Ryan N. Dennis (Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson); Barry Esson (Arika, Scotland); and Sally Tallant (Queens Museum, New York). Moderated by Mara Mills, associate professor of media, culture, and communication and cofounder and codirector of New York University’s Center for Disability Studies, the discussion will be followed by a Q&A. Watch for a link to participate via Zoom when you RSVP, or you can text or call the Wex Hotline with a question before or during the live event on August 5 at (614) 813-3416.

Ways Forward will conclude the public programming for Climate Changing, on view at the Wex through August 15, 2021. A number of future public programs and generative conversations will continue to ruminate on the evolution of institutions, social space, and the roles of art and artists in culture today. Please check back for additional details!

 

Image Description for photograph at top:
A collection of five photographs, from left: 1) Portrait of a person with curly hair pulled back. She wears a black blouse with small white stitches and stands in front of two framed pieces of art. 2) Portrait of a person looking off to the right. She wears an orange sleeveless dress and stands in front of a large black and white mural. 3) A middle-aged white person with a ginger beard, black clothes, and a black cap sits on a black sand beach, in front of a black lava cliff. 4) Portrait of a person with short curly hair in profile mid-speech, her hands gesture in front of her. The light is hazy. Part of the back of a black computer monitor is in front of her along with a small microphone. 5) A person with short curly hair looking directly at the camera. She is wearing a black top and her arms are crossed, resting on a ledge below. There are gray concrete walls behind her.

Mara Mills

Mara Mills | Photo courtesy of Mills
Image Description: Portrait of a person with short curly hair in profile mid-speech, her hands gesture in front of her. The light is hazy. Part of the back of a black computer monitor is in front of her along with a small microphone.

Andrea Andersson

Andrea Andersson | Photo: Elinor Carucci 
Image Description: portrait of a person with curly hair pulled back. She wears a black blouse with small white stitches and stands in front of two framed pieces of art

Ryan Dennis

Ryan Dennis | Photo: Charles A. Smith 
Image Description: portrait of a person looking off to the right. She wears an orange sleeveless dress and stands in front of a large black and white mural.

Barry Esson

Barry Esson | Photo courtesy of Esson
Image description: a middle-aged white person with a ginger beard, black clothes, and a black cap sits on a black sand beach, in front of a black lava cliff.

Sally Tallant

Sally Tallant | Photo: Hugo Glendinning 
Image Description: a person with short curly hair looking directly at the camera. She is wearing a black top and her arms are crossed, resting on a ledge below. There are gray concrete walls behind her.

More about the speakers

Andrea Andersson chevron-down chevron-up

Andrea Andersson serves as the founding director and chief curator of Rivers Institute for Contemporary Art & Thought, a multiplatform organization and research residency program based in New Orleans. As a writer and curator, Andersson has organized internationally touring exhibitions and is coediting a series of artists’ books together with Siglio Press that includes Adam Pendleton: Becoming Imperceptible (2016), Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen (2017), and Hinge Pictures: Eight Women Artists Occupy the Third Dimension (2019). She most recently coedited Sanford Biggers: Codeswitch (with Antonio Sergio Bessa; Yale University Press), which accompanies the eponymous coorganized exhibition currently on view at the California African American Museum in Los Angeles. Read more about the Rivers Institute.

Ryan N. Dennis chevron-down chevron-up

Ryan N. Dennis is the chief curator and artistic director of the Center for Art and Public Exchange (CAPE) at the Mississippi Museum of Art. Dennis previously served as the curator and programs director at Project Row Houses, where her work focused on African American contemporary art with a particular emphasis on socially engaged practices, site-specific projects, public interventions, and the development of public-facing programs for adults and youth. She is deeply interested in facilitating the intersection of art and social justice while creating equitable opportunities for artists to thrive in their work. Read more about CAPE.

Barry Esson chevron-down chevron-up

Barry Esson is a founding member of Arika, a Scotland-based political arts organization concerned with supporting connections between artistic production and social change. Arika produces Episodes, an iterative program of multiformat public events staged at Tramway, an arts venue in Glasgow, that addresses abolitionist politics, conceptual mathematics, disability justice, and the Black Radical Tradition, among other themes. Through its Local Organising program, Arika works to redistribute its access to resources and agency by making them available in solidarity with UK-based grassroots political communities who are pushing back against the violence of racist borders, poverty, and the criminalization of sex work.

In the US, Arika has collaborated with the House | Ballroom community for years, presenting projects at MoMA PS1, The New School, and Union Theological Seminary, among other venues. Arika organized A survey is a process of listening at the 2012 Whitney Biennial. In 2019, along with a steering group of artists from the cross-disability community and Performance Space New York, Arika organized I wanna be with you everywhere, a festival of Disability Aesthetics. Read more about Arika.

Sally Tallant chevron-down chevron-up

Sally Tallant is the president and executive director of the Queens Museum, New York. She was previously the director of the Liverpool Biennial (2011–19) and head of programs at London’s Serpentine Gallery (2001–11), where she was responsible for an integrated program of exhibitions, architecture, education, and public programs. Tallant has curated exhibitions and commissioned artists to make work in a wide range of settings including galleries, museums, public spaces, and nonart contexts. She is a regular contributor to conferences nationally and internationally. In 2018, Tallant was awarded an OBE for services to the arts in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Read more about Queens Museum’s Year of Uncertainty.

Mara Mills chevron-down chevron-up

Mara Mills is associate professor of media, culture, and communication at New York University, where she cofounded and codirects the NYU Center for Disability Studies. She is also a founding editor of the journal Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience. Mills works at the intersection of sound studies and disability studies. Most recently, she coedited the book Testing Hearing: The Making of Modern Aurality (Oxford, 2020) with Viktoria Tkaczyk and Alexandra Hui. She is currently coediting a special issue of Osiris on science and disability with Jaipreet Virdi and Sarah F. Rose, as well as an edited book on Crip Authorship with Rebecca Sanchez. Her public arts and humanities writing can be found at sites like Triple Canopy, Artforum, Public Books, Somatosphere, and Avidly—a channel of the Los Angeles Review of Books. Read more about Mara Mills.

CLIMATE CHANGING PROGRAMS SUPPORTED BY
Ohio State’s Global Arts + Humanities Discovery Theme

LEARNING & PUBLIC PRACTICE PROGRAMS MADE POSSIBLE BY
American Electric Power Foundation
Ohio State Energy Partners
Huntington

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT PROVIDED BY
Ingram-White Castle Foundation
State Farm
Ohio Arts Council
Martha Holden Jennings Foundation
CoverMyMeds
Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation
Chalmers P. Wylie VA Ambulatory Care Center

WEXNER CENTER PROGRAMS MADE POSSIBLE BY
The Wexner Family
Greater Columbus Arts Council
The Columbus Foundation
American Electric Power Foundation
Ohio Arts Council
Adam Flatto
Mary and C. Robert Kidder
Bill and Sheila Lambert
L Brands Foundation
Institute of Museum and Library Services
Nationwide Foundation
Vorys, Sater, Seymour, and Pease
Arlene and Michael Weiss

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT PROVIDED BY
Carol and David Aronowitz
Michael and Paige Crane
Pete Scantland
Axium Packaging
Bocchi Laboratories
Fenwick & West LLP
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
President Kristina M. Johnson and Mrs. Veronica Meinhard
KDC/ONE
Nancy Kramer
M/I Homes
Voyant Beauty
Huntington
Lisa Barton
Regina Miracle International Ltd.
Washington Prime Group
Alene Candles
Fuel Transport
Russell and Joyce Gertmenian
Liza Kessler and Greg Henchel
Matrix Psychological Services
Paramount Group, Inc.
Ron and Ann Pizzuti
Joyce and Chuck Shenk
Bruce and Joy Soll
Clark and Sandra Swanson
Business Furniture Installations
CASTO
E.C. Provini Co, Inc.
Garlock Printing & Converting
Jones Day
M-Engineering
New England Development
Our Country Home
Performance Team
Premier Candle Corporation
ProAmpac
Steiner + Associates
Textile Printing
Andrew and Amanda Wise

Close

Now Talks & More

Ways Forward: New Institutional Paradigms and Practices