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Panel Discussion

Thursday, May 28, 2015
7:00–9:00 p.m.
Museum Lecture Hall, Getty Center
This panel explores the work and legacy of Swiss curator Harald Szeemann (1933–2005), whose provocative and groundbreaking exhibitions have exerted a lasting influence on the field of contemporary art and exhibition-making.

Centering much of his practice around close collaborative relationships with artists and a sweeping global vision of culture, Szeemann developed more than 200 exhibitions over a career that spanned nearly 50 years. Many projects, such as When Attitudes Become Form in 1969 and documenta 5 in 1972, were controversial and harshly criticized, but over time they have become seen as landmark exhibitions of their era.

Harald Szeemann / Burkhard
The Harald Szeemann Archive and Library, acquired by the Getty Research Institute in 2011, provides an immense resource for scholars, containing research materials on more than 20,000 artists.

This panel is moderated by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Guest Scholar at the Getty Research Institute, artistic director of dOCUMENTA (13) (2012), and curator of the 14th Istanbul Biennial (2015).

Mario Garcia Torres, artist
Alanna Heiss, Clocktower Productions
Giuseppe Penone, artist
Lea Porsager, artist
Pietro Rigolo, Getty Research Institute

Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Guest Scholar, Getty Research Institute