By Rachel Galvin
Creativity is on full display at this year’s Art Palm Beach. Taking place from Jan. 24-28, this event includes plenty of unique artworks in an intimate space within the Palm Beach Convention Center. More than 80 galleries are included, featuring local and international artists, many of whom have never shown in the area. There also are well-known artists represented, such as Marc Chagall, Andy Warhol and Jackson Pollock, as well as a featured exhibition from Prince Nikolaos of Greece and Denmark presented by the Ethan Cohen Gallery of New York.
The 2024 edition of the event encourages visitors to look at the relationship between memory, humanity and AI. DIVERSEartPB is curated by Marisa Caichiolo, DIVERSEartLA Curator.
“AI’s influence touches every aspect of our lives, whether we realize it or not. Just a few years ago, it seemed like science fiction, yet now it’s deeply embedded in how we process information, interact with the world, and even how we remember the past and envision the future. While AI enhances our ability to store and recall information, it can also lead to a dangerous reliance on digital devices over natural memory. AI algorithms in social media and search engines, for instance, subtly shape our recollections by reinforcing certain viewpoints. Similarly, augmented and virtual reality create immersive experiences that blend and reshape our real-life memories. That is just a glimpse of how AI is not just a tool, but a deeply integrated collaborator in the human experience, impacting in a big way how we think, remember, and exist,” said Kassandra Voyagis, producer / director of the Art Palm Beach and its sister fair, the LA Art Show.
DIVERSEartPB brings these ideas to life through various exhibits. Voyagis explained, “Projects like MUSEUM AI grapple with the intersection of AI and history by using AI to recreate lost artworks. This raises crucial questions: Can an AI-recreated artwork ever truly be considered genuine? And can AI become a powerful tool for remembering and protecting lost cultures. Mythstories examines how storytelling, a foundational aspect of human memory, evolves in the age of AI. And the immersive installation, Be Water showcases the powerful synergy between humanity and AI in tackling global challenges. It emphasizes the shared memory of nature and humanity, and explores how AI can play a crucial role in understanding and addressing the world’s greatest challenges.”
“Ultimately,” she said, “we want DIVERSEartPB to be a forum for deep discussions about where humanity is headed. We believe our understanding of what it means to be human is at a crossroads, and now is the time to talk about how we want this story to go from here.”
Art Palm Beach has also partnered with the American Heart Association, which will receive 15% of the fair’s ticket proceeds.
Opening night brought out influencers, dignitaries, gallery owners, philanthropists and business owners, as well as artists and art lovers.
For more information, visit www.artpalmbeach.com.