Some New Yorkers are in Sharjah, in the United Arab Emirates, for the March Meeting 2012 at the moment. What is the March Meeting, you ask? Though the title brings to mind March Madness, this yearly gathering of artists, curators and institutions has nothing to do with basketball.
In fact, it’s the fifth installment of a yearly event for artists, curators and institutions presented by the Sharjah Art Foundation to discuss the creation and presentation of art in the region and internationally. Peter Eleey, Eungie Joo, and Alanna Heiss are just some of the art-world luminaries assembled there right now. At this year’s March Meeting, March 17-19, attendees will explore the “present realities, future outlook and dynamics between artists and institutions in the context of artistic commissions and residencies.”
Eungie Joo (the New Museum director of education who curated the museum’s current triennial) will join in a discussion on “Commissions and Residencies in the Institutional Context,” and will appear again in conversation with artist William Wells; Anne Barlow (the executive director of Art in General will discuss “The Importance of Site”); Alanna Heiss (the director of Art International Radio and founder of MoMA PS1) “Broadening the Scope: Working Across Disciplines”; Peter Eleey (a curator at MoMA PS1) will moderate a conversation on the responsibility of public art; and Ruth Ann Stewart (clinical professor of public policy at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service) will moderate a panel discussion on “Cultural Policy: How Policy and Regional Governments Support Artistic Residencies.”
Those privy to the VIP program will get in on book signings, film screenings and the opening reception for multimedia artist Basma Alsharif’s residency program “Basma Alsharif: Farther Than the Eye Can See.”