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The Hood Museum of Art will hold its second major opening celebration on May 3. “Art, Artists, and the Museum: A Conversation” will feature numerous artists whose work is on view in the galleries. Through their presentations and dialogues, symposium attendees will be able to gain insight into both their individual practices and the contemporary art world more broadly. The invited artists will speak on their own work and creative evolution and then join discussions on four broad themes.
The day will begin with a panel titled “Global Contemporary Art,” an idea that today has drawn more attention than it has clarity of definition. As art becomes global in scope, it simultaneously becomes ever more rooted in local traditions. As opposed to the idea of an international style, which supposes a universal set of aspirations that transcends regional dialects or concerns, much of the art associated today with a “global” view revels in ideas, images, and ideals that emerge from distinctive social geographies. Artists addressing this subject at the symposium include Lalla Essaydi, Jeffrey Gibson, and Sin-ying Ho.