African Art Star El Anatsui, Warhol Museum’s Eric Shiner Lead Armory Show Talks

Artist El Anatsui speaks will speak with Sam Nhlengethwa on Thursday, March 3 at The Armory Show. (Photo credit should read PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images)

Artist El Anatsui speaks will speak with Sam Nhlengethwa on Thursday, March 3 at The Armory Show. (Photo: Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP/Getty Images)

While there will be plenty to see on the fair floor during New York’s annual Armory Show, there will also be some serious discussions happening on the sidelines in the fair’s talks programming.

Set to take place concurrently with the fair, from March 3-6 at Manhattan’s Pier 92 and 94, this year’s Open Forum series will include participants from all sectors of the art world, from critics and dealers to artists and museum professionals. A special series of talks on Saturday and Sunday will be dedicated to issues arising from the work on view in this year’s Focus: African Perspectives section, which features galleries and artists from the African continent.

Some highlights include a presentation by critic Blake Gopnik on his forthcoming biography of Andy Warhol, which he will discuss in depth with Andy Warhol Museum director Eric Shiner. And Jerry Saltz, New York Magazine’s inflammatory art critic, will go head-to-head with Armory Show director Benjamin Genocchio on “visual criticism in the digital age.”

Younger perspectives will be showcased during the Artsy’s Open Mic session on Friday titled “What’s Next? Short Talks About the Future,” featuring Whitney Museum assistant curator Elisabeth Sherman, New York artist Kadar Brock and this year’s Armory commissioned artist Kapwani Kiwanga. Ms. Kiwanga will also premiere a new lecture-performance piece on Saturday.

One of the biggest highlights of the programming will, without a doubt, be a discussion between Ghanian-born international art star El Anatsui and South Africa’s Sam Nhlengethwa, moderated by Bisi Silva, founder and director of Lagos’ Center for Contemporary Art.

African Art Star El Anatsui, Warhol Museum’s Eric Shiner Lead Armory Show Talks