What is the Site of Art? / by Melissa Amore

Residency Unlimited (RU) 
360 Court Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231

March 27, 2017 

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Moderated by Re-Sited Co-Curators and Directors, Melissa Bianca Amore and William Stover, the participating panelists include:

Eric Shiner is Senior Vice President of Contemporary Art at Sotheby’s. Prior to this, Shiner was the director of The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh from 2010 to 2016, and was the Milton Fine Curator of Art at The Warhol from 2008 to 2010. A leading scholar on Andy Warhol and Asian contemporary art, Shiner lived and worked in Japan for years and was assistant curator on the inaugural Yokohama Triennale in 2001. Shiner has curated dozens of exhibitions in cities around the globe and recently curated An Incident for the 2017 Armory Show. This exhibition “… a series of incidents that start to change our relationship with the art fair—a series of happenings, interactive works, objects and images that make the viewer take pause, think, refresh, smile, and remember that art, by its very nature, is meant to provoke, incite and challenge.”

Christian Viveros-Fauné was appointed art and culture critic of artnet News in February 2016. Since 2014, Viveros-Fauné was a freelance art critic for artnet News, co-writing and appearing in their video series Strictly Critical with Blake Gopnik. Viveros-Fauné was formerly the art critic for the Village Voice and from 1998-2003 was the weekly critic for the New York Press. In 2010, he received an Arts Writers Grant from Creative Capital/Andy Warhol Foundation. Additionally, he has been the critic-in-residence at the Bronx Museum of the Arts. Apart from his years of experience as a critic, Viveros-Fauné has also done stints as an art dealer and art fair organizer. In the 1990s, he founded the gallery Roebling Hall, which helped establish the Brooklyn arts scene. He was the managing director of Volta, New York and the organizer of NEXT, Chicago, both from 2007-2009. Since May 2009, Viveros-Fauné has focused exclusively on his writing and curatorial projects.

Natasha Johns-Messenger is an installation artist and filmmaker who was born in Australia and is based in New York. With a primary interest in perception and optical physics, Johns-Messenger creates installations that employ body-scaled architectural interventions and site-determined film/photography. International exhibitions have taken place in Tokyo, Bogota, China, The Netherlands, Taiwan and USA. Most recent exhibitions include Sitelines at Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, Australia, ThreeFold at El Museo de Los Sures, New York, United States, as part of the ISCP program and Yellow, 2011 ACCA, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, Australia. Johns-Messenger was commissioned by Percent For Art and NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, for her piece Alterview 2013 for Hunters Point HS/IS 404, New York, United States. In 2012 Johns-Messenger completed an MFA in Film, Columbia University, New York, United States and a Masters of Research in Fine Art (Installation), at RMIT Melbourne in 2000. In 2009 she was commissioned by the New York Public Art Fund for her work ThisSideIn & in 2010 created Recollection for No Longer Empty, New York at Governor’s Island. In 2007 Johns-Messenger won the Den Haag Sculpture prize, Netherlands. Re-Sited is grateful to RU for hosting the event and their continual support.

Re-Sited presents the first in the series of informal discussions that examine both the psychology of the “exhibition site” and the “conceptual space.” This conversation is dedicated to questioning: “What is the Site of Art?” and how does “space become a site?”

Exploring the site—the site as medium; the medium as site; the subject as site; the site as subject; the site as object—the object of site.

In our current “meta—disciplinary age,” where artists are blurring the boundaries between visual arts, performance, science, technology and architecture, the site of art has become the subject, the object and the medium, whereby shifting the traditional “viewing process” to an experience of space or rather a “situation” placed in space. The emphasis towards “interactivity” and “inter-disciplinary aesthetics” has challenged the expectation and reception with a work of art.

Re-Sited continues to collaborate with Residency Unlimited in the aim of fostering new opportunities for artists through our ongoing research, symposiums and exhibition program.