SESSION: ma ma invite Claire Bishop

12 April 2021 6pm

ma ma | in residence invite art historian Claire Bishop to discuss her writings A Speculative Review of #NewMoMA and MoMA Tour 2064, and reflect on speculation as a way of imagining ethical institutional practices. Her talk will be followed by a discussion with the audience moderated by ma ma.

Admission to this online event is free; we encourage you to register in advance. Recommended readings will be provided with registration. Live captioning will be provided for the event.

Claire Bishop is an art historian, critic, author and professor of art history at the City University of New York Graduate Center. She received her PhD from the University of Essex and her publications include Installation Art: A Critical History (Tate/Routledge, 2005), Participation (Whitechapel/MIT Press, 2006), Artificial Hells: Participatory Art and the Politics of Spectatorship (Verso, 2012) and Radical Museology, or, What’s ‘Contemporary’ in Museums of Contemporary Art? (2013). Her books and articles have been translated into twenty languages, and she is a Contributing Editor to Artforum.

ma ma is a curatorial collective and roving art space founded by Magdalyn Asimakis and Heather Rigg in 2018. ma ma is interested in how embodied experience and knowledge can be articulated in multiple media. They have curated several exhibitions and programs in Toronto–with local and international artists and curators–exploring how power structures and social infrastructures are built and navigated. They are currently working on two forthcoming publications: A Big Heritage With A Glorious Past (with Critical Distance Centre for Curators), and ma ma at The Table: A Diasporic Cookbook (with Art Metropole and Brittany Shepherd). More information about ma ma is available at

SESSION is a project modelling itself after an incubator that invites cultural practitioners to engage with questions that emerge out of a given exhibition.

SESSION is made possible with Leading Support from TD Bank Group