Contemporary Art Again and Again: Formal and Informal Institutionalism
Lecture by Suhail Malik

“The ‘artworld’ could become more formalized … but most people who are interested in art would probably consider this a bad thing. Such formality would threaten the freshness and exuberance of art.” George Dickie

The current formation of contemporary art is characterised by two variants. On the one hand, art is a blatant mechanism of elite formation revolving around cliques operating via museums, galleries, curators, exhibiting artists, writers, collectors, celebrities, schmoozers, and other power players. On the other hand, art is to be reclaimed against such formal institutions of art and elite formation, and maximally so when it is indistinct from other areas of social practice, even to the point where the designation of ‘art’ is superfluous. With this expansive variant, art is freshest and most exuberant when ‘Art = Reality’.

But does it then maintain its status as art? Can it? Should it?

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Exhibition and other archival events connected:

12:00 Workshops Museum 3.0: Occupy the FutureWorkshops on the Future of the Museum led by Neil Cummings Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Emilia Pavilion
ul. Emilii Plater 51, Warsaw
18:00 Book presentation BOOK RELEASE: The Projectariat ABC's. On The Misery of a Project-Driven Life Meeting with Kuba Szreder Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Emilia Pavilion
ul. Emilii Plater 51, Warsaw
18:30 Guided tour Guided Tour of the „Making Use” project Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Emilia Pavilion
ul. Emilii Plater 51, Warsaw
17:00 Conference Do We Live in Postartistic Times? Usology Roundtable Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Emilia Pavilion
ul. Emilii Plater 51, Warsaw
18:30 Guided tour Guided Tour of the „Making Use” project Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Emilia Pavilion
ul. Emilii Plater 51, Warsaw
14:00 Museum Game Canceled!Match 3.0 plac Defilad
plac Defilad 1, Warsaw
14:00 Guided tour Guided Tour with CuratorsOf the „Making Use” project Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Emilia Pavilion
ul. Emilii Plater 51, Warsaw
18:30 Meeting Joanna Mytkowska in conversation with Yael Bartana A meeting with the artist and a screening of the movie „True Finn” (2014) Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Emilia Pavilion
ul. Emilii Plater 51, Warsaw