Inaugural Guggenheim UBS MAP Public Program: Live from Bangkok

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The Jim Thompson Art Center, Bangkok

In conjunction with the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative, the inaugural public education program, "MAP: Regarding South and Southeast Asia," will take place on Wednesday, November 28, from 10 am to 12:30 pm in Bangkok, and will be livestreamed to audiences around the world. Organized in collaboration with the Jim Thompson Art Center on the occasion of the upcoming exhibition No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia, which will open at the Guggenheim Museum in New York on February 22, the event will feature distinguished art historians, contemporary art curators, and other internationally known arts professionals. The group will discuss community and regionalism in the context of art and culture, a conversation framed by the opposing ideas of distinction and commonality within South and Southeast Asia, and by the fundamentally conflicted nature of regionalism both historically and today. The dialogue will respond to changes in the region, and investigate how national borders affect the production, presentation, and reception of contemporary art.

"MAP: Regarding South and Southeast Asia" will be hosted by Gridthiya Gaweewong, Artistic Director, Jim Thompson Art Center; Alexandra Munroe, Guggenheim Samsung Senior Curator of Asian Art; and June Yap, Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, South and Southeast Asia. Speakers include Gaweewong, Munroe, and Yap, along with Ray Langenbach, University Tunku Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lampur; Hammad Nasar, Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong; and Apinan Poshyananda, Ministry of Culture, Bangkok. The program will be translated into Thai and transcripts from the event will be publicly accessible through the Asia Art Archive, as well as on the Guggenheim UBS MAP web hub, in January 2013.

Supplementing exhibitions and public programs, the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative incorporates a rich online platform designed to disseminate and contextualize the project's content and facilitate multidisciplinary learning and cross-cultural exchange. Here, artists, curators, and scholars from South and Southeast Asia share their viewpoints about conditions of life and aspects of artistic production in their respective countries. These contributions will inquire into topics, mediums, and artistic communities beyond those explored in the exhibition. Throughout the project, the site will be updated regularly with new contributions related to No Country and other focus regions.

Watch the "MAP: Regarding South and Southeast Asia" live webcast at ustream.tv/Guggenheim (in Los Angeles, it broadcasts on November 27 at 7 pm; in New York, at 10 pm; and London, on November 28, 3 am). RSVP to the live webcast on Facebook. Join the conversation with #GuggUBSMAP on Twitter.

The Jim Thompson Art Center, Bangkok. Photo courtesy the Jim Thomspon Art Center