What is the place of the public in the artistic division of labor? 

Meeting with Jean-Louis Fabiani (EHESS, Paris, visiting professor University of Warsaw)  

Thursday, 28.05.2015, 6 pm

Museum of Modern Art, Pańska 3

The seminar will be held in English 


Recent developments in contemporary art have raised important questions with respect to the artistic division of labor, either in terms of « artworlds » or in terms of field. New characters have appeared besides the critic and the merchant : the « new curator »,  the « commissaire » and  the radical academic stand out among a crowd of mediators. Curiously enough, the public does not seem to have a significant share in the process. This presentation aims to analyze the essential tension between the autonomy of the artist, as conceived since the rise of modern art and the voice of the beholder.

<<< Photography Bartosz Stawiarski, from the archive of Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw

 Jean-Louis Fabiani is Professor of Sociology and Social Anthropology at the Central European University in Budapest and directeur d’études à l’Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris. . Fabiani has hold visiting positions in the University of California at San Diego, the University of Chicago, l’Université de Montréal, Humboldt Universitaet in Berlin and the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. During the academic year 2005-2006 he was a fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin. He is the author of nine personal books, among them Les Philosophes de la République (1988), Lire en prison (1995), Beautés du Sud (2005) l’Education populaire et le théâtre. Le festival d’Avignon en action (2008) and Qu’est-ce qu’un philosophe francais ? (2010). He has edited four other books, among them La Société vulnérable (1987) and le Goût de l’enquête (2001).