September 19, 2010 12:03 PM Subscribe
Advice for going to art openings alone when you're not in the scene but seek quality conversation? In NYC.
posted by taramosalata to Media & Arts (15 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
I'm an interested observer of contemporary art interested in learning more, and in talking to more people in that world, but don't currently run in artist/critic/gallerina circles, and don't have huge amounts of time to devote to this. I do sometimes go to artist talks and museum symposia, where occasionally I'll ask a (decently smart) question in Q&A, which can spark up some conversation afterward. But I'd also like to feel more comfortable at / get more out of show openings where people I don't know basically party in front of work. Most of this just comes down to social skills, sure, but I'd love any comments / suggestions from those who frequent such events.
(I also know that much contemporary art doesn't offer much for intellectual or sensory delectation, and that people often discourse about stuff pretentiously, but there is interesting material out there and I want to find and engage with it!)