In association with The New York Times, the carefully curated Art for Tomorrow Talks will convene artists and experts to look closely at topical issues, exploring the social and economic impact of art.

Through provocative interviews and riveting discussions, the carefully curated sessions will explore wide-ranging topics, from art as a catalyst to art and sustainability, and the creative ways artists are embracing digital tools in new ways.

*Please note the agenda is subject to change 

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November 19-21 (Doha) and November 22 (virtual)

In difficult times, whether they be economic or social, the tendency might for people to turn away from consuming art. But what could be more essential than our connection to one another, and the shared moments – even at a distance -- that can help facilitate that? This panel will explore the historical precedents for art’s power to anger, inspire, unite and push for change. What are some examples of art as a catalyst, and how could or should it be used in the future? What are its limitations?

Koons speaks with a prominent art expert about his most recent work, renewed inspiration and the continued impact of his art spanning four decades.

What are the ways that the crises of our time have impacted the arts, from conception to funding and production? In this discussion, experts from a variety of disciplines will examine how the pandemic, its aftermath and parallel crises have tested their resilience, and their creativity.

In the age of Extinction Rebellion, climate change is a rich subject for artists. At the same time, the industry hasn’t necessarily been  praised for its sustainable practices, with globetrotting art fair-goers, and entire collections being flown from one exhibition to another. How should the art world address this implicit contradiction? And how effective is art in raising awareness and spurring action?

The pandemic brought profound challenges for artists and performers, but also an opportunity to experiment and to reinvent the way they work. What are the creative ways artists embraced digital tools in new ways, and are they here to stay? Has this led to a wider acceptance and appreciation from viewers? 

While museums are celebrated for the history and breadth of their collections, they are also being challenged to reconsider past contexts, and to explain the works’ relevance to contemporary audiences. How are institutions coming to grips with a perceived lack of diversity in their collections, and have the protests and general reckoning on racial issues accelerated these changes? What are the drawbacks to the art world’s current preoccupation with identity politics? And what are the particular concerns and challenges of museums outside of the U.S. and Europe?