In Conversation: Unlocking Human Potential through Art

18.11.2013 / 3:30 p.m. – 4:25 p.m.
The Phillips Collection Auditorium. 1600 21st St., NW. Washington, DC., United States.
Organized by The Phillips Collection and Coordinated by Eliza French

2013 International Forum Weekend in Washington
“The Power of Culture/The Culture of Power”

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The conference is jointly presented by The Phillips Collection and Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service as part of the Phillips Collection’s fifth convening of its International Forum.

Policymakers, entrepreneurs, arts professionals, and artists gather to discuss shared perspectives on the impact of the arts on politics, the role of the art market on the artistic and economic communities, and the pertinence of art biennials in a globalized world. These distinguished guests will be joined by key Phillips Collection staff members as well as faculty members from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service (SFS).

The conference will be held in conjunction with the Phillips Collection’s first course on Globalization, Diplomacy, and the Politics of Exhibitions, to be offered this fall to students of Georgetown’s SFS in Washington, D.C., and the exhibition Pakistani Voices: In Conversation with the Migration Series. The exhibition will present works by young and emerging artists from Pakistan who participated in two State-Department-sponsored workshops in Lahore and Islamabad on Jacob Lawrence’s The Migration Series and the power of art to create social change, conducted by Rachel Goldberg, Manager of School, Outreach, and Family Programs at the Phillips Collection.

The Phillips’s International Forum Weekend stems from our institution’s aim to make a “global conversation through the language of modern art” a central unifying theme of the museum’s programming and exhibitions, and its identity and magnet for success in the 21st century, by bringing together leading art collectors and committed philanthropists from around the world to engage with artists, art professionals, and cultural leaders to explore topics in modern and contemporary art in a global context. Throughout the year and around the world, members of the International Forum have access to extraordinary experiences, people, places, and events.


.Tania Bruguera, artist

.Cynthia Schneider, Ambassador, Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy, Georgetown University

.Virginia Shore, Acting Director/Chief Curator, ART in Embassies/US Department of State


.Steve Clemons, Editor-in-Chief of AtlanticLIVE and Washington Editor-At-Large for The Atlantic


.The Atlantic