New art world conference to kick off in Minneapolis
Minneapolis — The New Art World Conference (NATWC) is coming to Minneapolis this week, kicking off with a two-day event hosted by the Minneapolis Museum of Art, organizers announced Thursday.
The conference will take place Aug. 19-20.
The first of its kind, the conference aims to address a variety of issues facing the art world.
Among them: the state of art, and the rise of the online-focused museum, both of which have seen dramatic growth in recent years.
More: The Minneapolis Museum Of Art’s 2018 Artworld conference featured an open house where attendees could browse and interact with artworks, but its main focus is on “creative” exhibitions, with exhibitions such as The Museum Of Modern Art’s “A New Art History” and the Museum of Modern Art and the Performing Arts Institute’s “Creative Art and Performance” series.
The new conference will focus on “the history and future of the art-making process,” according to the event’s website.
“With this unique opportunity, our team is excited to continue our mission of inspiring and empowering artists and curators to make art together.”
The NATWC is not the first art-related conference to take place in Minneapolis.
The Minneapolis Convention Center hosted the International Contemporary Art Conference last year, which drew artists and industry professionals from around the world.
The event was also attended by the president of the Minneapolis Art Institute, who is the chairman of the NATWC board of directors.
Artworld is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of art and its use in all forms of art.
For more than a century, the event has grown to attract artists, curators, and art educators from around Europe and the United States.
It is also known for its high-profile exhibition, the International Modern Art Exhibition (IMA), which features more than 400 works from over 70 countries.
“Artworld is truly a global event,” said Erik Jorgensen, founder and CEO of Artworld.
“The world’s leading art and design experts are on hand to talk to you about their artworks and to present the latest in art, design, media, design-making, art history and performance.”
The conference was launched in 2008 and has grown into a worldwide gathering of artists and designers.
More than 20 countries have hosted Artworld, with the largest cities including New York, London, Barcelona, Singapore, Berlin, Paris, Berlin and Amsterdam.
The NATGWC will be held in the new Minneapolis Public Library, which opened in late 2017 and is a collaboration between the city and the Minnesota Department of Arts and Cultural Affairs.
In a statement, Artworld said it was thrilled to be hosting the NATGWCs third and final Artworld in Minneapolis and is looking forward to sharing more information about the event.
The two-night event is free, and all proceeds will benefit the museum.
“This year, we are thrilled to have the Minneapolis Public Libraries to host our inaugural Artworld and have its first-ever curated event of this nature,” Jorgenson said.
“It is a rare opportunity to bring together artists and design professionals from different parts of the world to work together and share their art and the work of others, as well as showcase emerging artists.”
The event will feature a keynote by the director of the American Museum of Natural History’s Art History Institute, the inaugural director of The New Museum of Fine Arts, and other top artists.