The 2018 ICOM Annual Meetings in Paris, France, are just around the corner. As ICOM keeps expanding its membership across the world, finding new ways of connecting with our members has become our number one priority. For the first time, the Annual Meetings will be available through Facebook Live, making them accessible to the largest number of our members. Three sessions will be retransmitted on real time: the keynote speech, delivered by artist Fred Wilson, the General Assembly, and the vote on the city that will host the 2020 ICOM General Conference. We will also encourage participation through our other social media platforms, Twitter and Instagram, via the hashtag #JuneMeetings.
Meet the keynote: Fred Wilson
Fred Wilson (b. 1954, Bronx, New York) challenges assumptions of history, culture, race, and conventions of display with his work. Since his groundbreaking exhibition Mining the Museum (1992) at the Maryland Historical Society, Wilson has been the subject of many solo exhibitions, including the retrospective Objects and Installations 1979-2000, which was organized by the Center for Art and Visual Culture at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and traveled to many American museums before closing at the Studio Museum in Harlem. Other solo presentations include So Much Trouble in the World—Believe It or Not! at the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire (2005); Works 2001–2011 at the Cleveland Museum of Art (2012); Local Color at The Studio Museum in Harlem (2013); Black to the Powers of Ten and Wildfire Test Pit at Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Ohio (2016); and Fred Wilson at the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, New York (2017). In 2003, Wilson represented the United States at the 50th Venice Biennale with the solo exhibition Speak of Me as I Am. His many accolades include the prestigious John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s “Genius” Grant (1999); the Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture (2006).
A variety of opportunities to learn and exchange
ICOM proposes for the upcoming Annual Meetings a variety of interesting workshops which will allow members to better understand our organisation and to shape the way it answers to the challenges the museum community faces today. The Museum Definition, Prospects and Potentials Permanent Committee will hold a workshop focusing exploring different aspects and themes, from current societal trends to new patterns in museum practices. The Department of Programmes of ICOM will welcome members to identify opportunities for capacity building activities in different regions of the world and the ICOM Strategic Plan workshop will present the latest findings from the recent strategic plan survey. In addition, three workshops will be held to meet the permanent committees SAREC and ETHCOM, and the ICOM Working Group on the future of International Committees.
9:30 – 10:00 am | Welcome coffee
10:00 – 10:30 am | Opening of Annual Meetings
10:30 – 11:30 am | Keynote speech
11:30 am – 12:30 pm | Flash presentations
1:30 – 5:00 pm | Separate meetings of National and International Committees
5:00 – 6:30 pm | Meet the ICOM Standing Committees and working groups
8:15 – 9:00 am | Welcome coffee, distribution of working documents, registration
9:00 am – 12:30 pm | 84th Advisory Council Meeting
1:30 – 3:00 pm | 84th Advisory Council Meeting
3:30 – 6:30 pm | Workshops
9:15 – 10:00 am | Welcome coffee, distribution of working documents, registration
10:00 am – 12:00 pm | 33rd General Assembly
2:00 – 5:30 pm | Meetings of Standing Committees, working groups, Boards of Regional Alliances