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Dialogues | Desert as Place and Idea: Planning Desert X 2021

Online Panel discussion

January 22, 2021
1:00 pm PT

César García-Alvarez
Xaviera Simmons
Kim Stringfellow
Neville Wakefield

The desert is a state of place, and a state of mind—and as such must be acknowledged beyond the privileged mythologies of desolate landscapes and boundless possibilities. The third edition of Desert X encourages connections between artworks and the specific realities of California’s Coachella Valley, the histories that forged its communities, and the social and environmental dynamics that guide our radically-changing world. Reflecting upon the forthcoming site-specific outdoor exhibition, Desert X curators and artists discuss how they’ve navigated these concerns in their projects.

Desert X has partnered with Expo Chicago for Alternate Assembly: Environmental Impact in the Era of Pandemic, a digital symposium featuring internationally recognized artists, scholars, and museum professionals hosted on the exposition’s newly launched micro-site January 21-23, 2021. Alternate Assembly will feature a series of scheduled programs with leading curators, artists, and scholars to address how ideas in contemporary art can contribute to rethinking our environment within the era of pandemic. Visit Expo Chicago for a full list of live streaming panel discussions, screenings (presented in partnership with Daata), and a reading listed compiled by The Seen Journal.

Fri, Jan 22nd 2021 at 02:00 PM PST
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