Agenda

In association with The New York Times, the carefully curated Art for Tomorrow Talks convened 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 explored wide-ranging topics, from art as a catalyst for social change, to the creative ways artists are embracing digital tools.

*Please note the agenda is subject to change 

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Friday November 19 (Doha) - Youth-focused sessions

Nour Elbasuni, Multidisciplinary Artist
Ece Omayma Yigit, Student, Painting and Printmaking at Virginia Commonwealth School of the Arts, Qatar
Hassan Alshehhi, Multidisciplinary Artist
Habeeb M. Abu-Futtaim, Modern & Contemporary Arab Art Specialist at AlBahie Auction House, Qatar

Moderated by Matt Anderson, European Culture Editor, The New York Times

Zainab Al Shibani, Honors Bachelor of Fine Arts Graduate, Virginia Commonwealth University, Qatar
Shima Aeinehdar, Graphic designer, Illustrator, and Lettering Artist
Sara Al-Afifi, Graphic designer, Researcher, and Illustrator
Sara Ahmed AlHelal, Student at Virginia Commonwealth University, Candidate for Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design

Moderated by Farah Nayeri, Culture Correspondent, The New York Times

Saturday, November 20 (Doha)

In difficult times, the tendency might be 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 power of the arts to anger, inspire, unite and push for change. It will also examine how art has been used during the pandemic, and how it can become a tool for cross-cultural communication.

Yana Buhrer Tavanier, Co-founder and Executive Director, Fine Acts
Elif Shafak, Author (virtual)

Moderated by Farah Nayeri

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?

Sheikha Reem Al Thani, Deputy CEO of Exhibitions and Marketing
Doryun Chong, Deputy Director, Curatorial and Chief Curator (virtual)
Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director, Serpentine Galleries (virtual)

Moderated by Farah Nayeri

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.

Massimiliano Gioni, Artistic Director, New Museum and Curator of “Jeff Koons: Lost in America,” Al Riwaq, Doha
Mareva Grabowski- Mitsotakis, Entrepreneur
Kamel Mennour, Founder and President, kamel mennour

Moderated by Matt Anderson

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?

Daniel Birnbaum, Artistic Director, Acute Art
Barnaby Francis (aka Bill Posters), Artist-Researcher, Author and Facilitator
Hadeer Omar, New Media Artist and Assistant Professor, VCUarts

Moderated by Matt Anderson, European Culture Editor, The New York Times

Sunday, November 21 (Doha)

Koons speaks with HE Sheikha Mayassa about his most recent work, renewed inspiration and the continued impact of his art spanning four decades, and shares his thoughts about the current state of the art world and the role that art plays in global culture.

Sheikha Al Mayassa Bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Chairperson, Qatar Museums
Jeff Koons, Artist

Introduced by Matt Anderson

Tuesday, November 23 (sessions available online)

Nour Elbasuni, Multidisciplinary Artist
Ece Omayma Yigit, Student, Painting and Printmaking at Virginia Commonwealth School of the Arts, Qatar
Hassan Alshehhi, Multidisciplinary Artist
Habeeb M. Abu-Futtaim, Modern & Contemporary Arab Art Specialist at AlBahie Auction House, Qatar

Moderated by Matt Anderson, European Culture Editor, The New York Times

Zainab Al Shibani, Honors Bachelor of Fine Arts Graduate, Virginia Commonwealth University, Qatar
Shima Aeinehdar, Graphic designer, Illustrator, and Lettering Artist
Sara Al-Afifi, Graphic designer, Researcher, and Illustrator
Sara Ahmed AlHelal, Student at Virginia Commonwealth University, Candidate for Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design

Moderated by Farah Nayeri, Culture Correspondent, The New York Times

In difficult times, the tendency might be 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 power of the arts to anger, inspire, unite and push for change. It will also examine how art has been used during the pandemic, and how it can become a tool for cross-cultural communication.

Yana Buhrer Tavanier, Co-founder and Executive Director, Fine Acts
Elif Shafak, Author

Moderated by Farah Nayeri

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?

Sheikha Reem Al Thani, Deputy CEO of Exhibitions and Marketing
Doryun Chong, Deputy Director, Curatorial and Chief Curator (virtual)
Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director, Serpentine Galleries (virtual)

Moderated by Farah Nayeri

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.

Massimiliano Gioni, Artistic Director, New Museum and Curator of “Jeff Koons: Lost in America,” Al Riwaq, Doha
Mareva Grabowski- Mitsotakis, Entrepreneur
Kamel Mennour, Founder and President, kamel mennour

Moderated by Matt Anderson

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?

Daniel Birnbaum, Artistic Director, Acute Art
Barnaby Francis (aka Bill Posters), Artist-Researcher, Author and Facilitator
Hadeer Omar, New Media Artist and Assistant Professor, VCUarts

Moderated by Matt Anderson, European Culture Editor, The New York Times

Koons speaks with HE Sheikha Mayassa about his most recent work, renewed inspiration and the continued impact of his art spanning four decades, and shares his thoughts about the current state of the art world and the role that art plays in global culture.


Sheikha Al Mayassa Bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Chairperson, Qatar Museums
Jeff Koons, Artist

Introduced by Matt Anderson