What Now? is a series of annual symposia called to investigate issues arising in the field of contemporary art. Organized by Art in General in collaboration with the Vera List Center for Art and Politics, What Now? is a critical platform for multi-disciplinary discourse, gathering international and local artists, curators, activists, historians, and scholars in fields outside of the visual arts to address questions of art, agency, and knowledge production. Using Art in General’s core New Commissions exhibition program as a springboard, What Now? contextualizes these artist projects within in the larger socio-political landscape.

Taking a central question and unpacking it over the course of a series of panel discussions and public programs, the 2014 symposium examined the topic of Collaboration & Collectivity, for the 2015 symposium The Politics of Listening was debated, and the 2016 symposium considered On Future Identities.

Art in General would like to extend special thanks to the key funders of What Now?: the Institute of Museum and Library Services; the Lambent Foundation; and the Trust for Mutual Understanding for their generous support of this initiative.

A new book series relating to the What Now? symposia from 2015 through 2017 will be produced with Black Dog Publishing Ltd., a project that was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Founded in 1981, Art in General is a nonprofit organization that assists local and international artists with the production and presentation of new work, primarily through its New Commissions Program and International Collaborations program with numerous arts organizations around the world. It informs and engages the public about artist’s work, through public programs and the annual symposium What Now? on critical and timely issues in artistic and curatorial practice.

General Support of Art in General is provided by General Hardware Manufacturing Inc.; the Institute of Museum and Library Services; the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; Ruth Ivor Foundation; The Greenwich Collection; the Cowles Foundation; Toby D. Lewis Donor Advised Fund of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland; the William Talbott Hillman Foundation; and by individuals. This program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

The New Commissions Program is made possible by the Trust for Mutual Understanding; National Endowment for the Arts; and the Milton and Sally Avery Foundation. Support has also been provided by Commissioners’ Circle leaders Jeffery Larsen and Joseph Bolduc; Commissioners’ Circle supporter Cher Lewis, and Commissioners’ Circle members Roya Khadjavi-Heidari, Mary Lapides, Richard Massey, Ron and Lucille Neeley, and Leslie Ruff.

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through its grant MA-10-14-0304-14. The views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this series of symposia and accompanying events, projects, publications, and webpages do not necessarily represent those of the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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