Open Platform

Open Platform is a curated series of art panels, conversations and discussions which investigate the dialogue around significant issues in the city's cultural landscape. Organized by Aandrea Stang, former Senior Education Program Manager for MOCA, Open Platform highlights the region's most influential collectors, curators, museum directors, gallerists, scholars, critics and artists.

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Considering Pacific Standard Time

Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980 evolved into more than 60 exhibitions presented by cultural institutions across Southern California in a pioneering effort to preserve, explore and redefine Southern California art from the post-World War II era through the turbulent 1960s and 1970s. Join Getty Foundation Deputy Director Joan Weinstein, Getty Research Institute Deputy Director Andrew Perchuk, and Dean of the Visual Arts Department and Editor-in-Chief of East of Borneo Tom Lawson in a conversation moderated by arts writer, Hunter Drohojowska-Philp about the impact of PST.


Documenting DOCUMENTA

LAXART Curator-at-Large Matthew Schum will discuss Documenta 13 through a writing project that reviewed the exhibition while considering how new technology affords writers the opportunity to intervene in the spectacle of the many biennial ‘Salons’ held around the globe each year. Audience members will be asked to consider how exhibitions are changing and how technology has displaced the primacy of magazine and newspaper reviews with a more mobile and independent kind of art criticism.


Isolation or Community: Contemporary Art Practice & Artists-in-Residence Programs

A broad discussion about the growing importance of residency programs internationally in artists’ practice and their place in the cultural landscape. The field of residency programs has grown enormously over the last 15 years. How is the residency experience significantly furthering the research and development aspect of the creative process for artists? And, is the field enhancing or shaping the public perception in the U.S. of the role of artists in society? Panelists will included Caitlin Strokash, Executive Director, Alliance of Artists’ Communities, Providence, RI and artist, Clayton Campbell.


Art Market Pulse: Evaluating Challenges for Collectors, Cultural Institutions, Artists in the Current Market. Presented by Chubb Insurance.

Join Dorit Strauss,Vice President, Worldwide Specialty Fine Art Manager, Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, as she moderates a discussion about the valuation of artwork with Art Practice Attorney Sarah Conley Odenkirk, and Fine Art Appraiser Jackie Silverman of Jaqueline Silverman & Associates, Inc.  Together they will consider the state of the art market and other issues of interest to collectors.


Collecting Contemporary Middle Eastern Art

This panel will discuss Contemporary Middle Eastern Art as a vibrant and fast growing field, highlighting the appeal, process and challenges of collecting this type of art. The panel will include the perspectives of museum curators, private collectors, artists and gallery owners. 


Local Collectors Collecting Locally

As Los Angeles has evolved into a cultural establishment, many local collectors proudly focus their collections on Los Angeles area artists. Join panelists Gary Mezzatesta and Burt Levitch moderated by Armory Center for the Arts’s Communications and Special Projects Manager, Calvin Phelps. 


Thinking Through Photography

With photography as ubiquitous as it is, artists working with the medium today take carefully considered approaches to the medium. In a conversation moderated by MOCA associate curator Rebecca Morse, artists Amanda Ross-Ho and Carter Mull will talk about their work and how it is influenced by photography.


Feeding The Dragon: How Alternative Spaces keep the Monster Satiated

This panel will examine how alternative spaces serve as feeders to commercial galleries and how artists move between them. Panelists will include co-organizer of Art Platform’s Co/Lab Max Presneil (Torrance Art Museum and Durden & Ray, Los Angeles), Jan van der Ploeg (PS, Amsterdam), and Adam Bateman (CUAC, Salt Lake City).  The panel will be moderated by Jason Ramos (Torrance Art Museum and Raid Projects, Los Angeles).