Conversations with Artists

Center for Art and Knowledge

Genesis Breyer P-Orridge during a Conversations with Artists event

The lively Conversations with Artists series provides an opportunity to hear from and speak with leading contemporary artists in an informal setting. Nearly three dozen artists working in various media have participated since the inception of the program in 2006, including Vito Acconci, Nikki S. Lee, Mel Chin, Walid Raad,  Amy Sherald, and Wangechi Mutu, among others. The conversations are cosponsored by the University of Maryland.

Listen to select audio from Conversations with Artists events


This season focuses on the conceptual process of making art. 

Fidencio Fifield-Perez, September 26, 2019

Kennedy Yanko, November 21, 2019

Leonardo Drew, February 27, 2020

Robin Rose, March 19, 2020 (canceled)

Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum, March 26, 2020 (canceled)

Eric Mack, April 9, 2020 (canceled)

Interrelated Practices

Stephen Hayes, Jr., September 20, 2018
Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir (Shoplifter), October 11, 2018
Kenny Rivero, November 8, 2018
Renée Stout, January 31, 2019
John Edmonds, February 21, 2019
Chemi Rosado-Seijo, March 28, 2019

Myth & Identity
This season focuses on artists who work with themes of myth and identity.

Michael Jones McKean, September 14, 2017
Amy Cutler, October 19, 2017
Chloe Piene, November 16, 2017
Diana Al-Hadid, January 11, 2018
Lyle Ashton Harris, February 22, 2018
Amy Sherald, March 29, 2018

This season focuses on artists who collect, are collectors, or use collecting as a process in their work.

Neil Feather, September 21, 2016
Dario Robleto, October 27, 2016
Abigail DeVille, November 10, 2016
Dan Steinhilber, January 26, 2017
Marley Dawson, February 23, 2017
Jim Shaw, March 31, 2017

Liminal States
This season focused on artists who grapple with questions of identity, transformation, and boundaries in their works.

Kalup Linzy, September 17, 2015
Linda Montano, October 15, 2015
Martha Wilson, November 19, 2015
Genesis P. Orridge, January 21, 2016
Cheryl Pope, February 25, 2016
Frances Stark, March 24, 2016

Film and Video Art
This season focused on film and video and explored the diverse ways in which artists incorporate these mediums into their practice.

Peter HuttonOctober 16, 2014
Dinh Q. LêOctober 30, 2014
Jesper Just, December 11, 2014
Paul PfeifferJanuary 29, 2015
Johan GrimonprezFebruary 26, 2015
Teresa Hubbard and Alexander BirchlerApril 9, 2015


This season brought artists whose work is sometimes hard to see if not in person to explore the relation between producing tangible objects and "ephemeral" experiences.

Wade Guyton, November 21
Catherine Sullivan, January 23
Hassan Khan, February 20 (rescheduled from October 31)
Katrín Sigurdardóttir, March 27
Zoё Charlton, April 10
Zarina Bhimji, April 24 


Sculpture and Post-Studio Practice

This season explored a range of intriguing new practices that redefine the formal language of conventional sculpture. Engage with artists who are pursuing and developing participatory, object-based, ephemeral, public, socially engaged, and site-specific approaches. 

Matthew Day Jackson, October 25, 2012
Pedro Reyes, November 29, 2012
Tehching Hsieh, February 28, 2013
Jessica Stockholder, March 21, 2013
Daniel Bozhkov, April 11, 2013
Wangechi Mutu, April 18, 2013


Art as Experience

With emphasis on the importance of experience and interpretation, drawing from the philosophy of museum founder Duncan Phillips, as well as theorist John Dewey, this season focuses on artists whose works are phenomenological, experiential, and site-responsive.

Wolfgang Laib, October 12
The Otolith Group, October 19
Jill Downen, November 9
Anthony McCall, February 15
Janine Antoni, March 28
William Pope. L, April 4 

Systems of Knowledge

This season focuses on innovative approaches today’s artists use to reach beyond the language of visual arts and explore cross-disciplinary systems of knowledge. 

John F. Simon, Jr, October 20, 2010
Jim Sanborn, November 3, 2010
Mark Dion, December 8, 2010
Walid Raad, April 13, 2011
Matthew Ritchie, April 27, 2011
Alice Aycock, May 4, 2011


This season focused ways in which artists effect economies in their own practice and production, as well as broader considerations related to the presentation and promotion of art.

Conrad Bakker, September 30, 2009
Mel Chin, November 18, 2009
Hans Haacke, December 9, 2009
Yomango, March 3, 2010
Michael Rakowitz, April 21, 2010
Chris Jordan, April 28, 2010

Engaging Spaces

This season focused on artists who transform spaces through a variety of media, such as architecture, interior and landscape design, performance art, and outdoor sculpture.

Vito Acconci, October 22, 2008
Andrea Fraser, November 19, 2008
Fred Wilson, January 28, 2009
Joel Ross, April 1, 2009
Jorge Pardo, April 15, 2009

Artistic Partnerships

This season explores the work of individuals working together in a variety of media, all investigating the sensory relationship that the individual has with art–through place and space (architecture, locale), history, or culture.

Continuous Project, October 10, 2007
Ilya & Emilia Kabakov, November 14, 2007
Robert A. Pruitt/Otabenga Jones & Associates, December 5, 2008
Elizabeth Diller/Diller, Scofidio and Renfro, February 27, 2008
Andrea Robbins & Max Becher, March 26, 2008
Buzz Spector, April 30, 2008

Contemporary Photographers

This season focuses on the work of contemporary photographers, working with a variety of subject matter, from suburbs and southlands of America to dirt roads of Southeast Asia–all considering culture, society and custom.

Hai Bo, September 15, 2006
William Christenberry, November 1, 2006
New Catalogue (Luke Batten & Jonathan Sadler), November 15, 2006
Chan Chao, January 10, 2007
Nikki S. Lee, February 28, 2007
Angela Strassheim, March 14, 2007
Allan Sekula, April 25, 2007