Talk Contemporary is a series of free talks presented by the Seattle Art Fair and hosted by the Seattle Art Museum featuring a leading contemporary artist. The inaugural Seattle Art Fair will take place July 30 – August 2, 2015, at CenturyLink Field Event Center. The fair will feature fifty galleries from around the world, onsite programming, and off-site projects—including installations and events throughout the city.
Working in a variety of media and disciplines, the artists in this series engage audiences with complex issues related to sustainability and climate change.
We kick-off the series with international artist Joshua Sofaer, who is centrally concerned with modes of collaboration and participation.
“I WANT TO USE ART TO ENABLE PEOPLE TO SEE THE WORLD AS A PLACE OF POTENTIALITY AND TO BECOME MORE ACTIVE CITIZENS.”
– JOSHUA SOFAER
Often with an irreverent use of humor, he plays with established forms of production, appropriating and reconfiguring the chat show, competition, lecture, or museum display. He acts as curator, producer or director of a broad range of projects, including large-scale events, intimate performances, and publications.
Last summer, Sofaer led a two-part exhibition,The Rubbish Collection, at Science Museum, London that traced the journey of waste generated by the museum in phase one. Phase two saw Sofaer inviting the rubbish back into the museum at different stages of processing for an eight-week exhibition examining the value of what we throw away in relation to what we keep.
Seattle Art Fair is a platform designed to showcase the vibrant culture and diversity of the Pacific Northwest. Through inventive citywide cultural partnerships, the fair will be a destination for new and established collectors, international art patrons, and residents of one of the fastest growing cities in the US.
This program is FREE with RSVP. Seating is limited.
OTHER TALKS IN THIS SERIES INCLUDE:
July 22: Victoria Sambunaris
July 29: Maya Lin