Virtual | Preserving Cultural Heritage in Afghanistan & Beyond, with Laura Tedesco & Anna Bottinelli

Afghanistan is currently facing an incredible crisis. Since the US left the country and Taliban forces reentered, many aspects of daily life have come into question, including how the country’s cultural heritage will be affected. Just two decades ago, when the Taliban were last in power, they called for the destruction of any and all pre-Islamic statues and sanctuaries on the land. While this new regime has promised to honor Afghanistan’s cultural heritage, history makes us skeptical.

One woman who has spent many years living and traveling throughout Afghanistan, overseeing the preservation of its archaeological sites, artifacts, monuments, and museums, is Laura Tedesco, Cultural Heritage Program Manager at the U.S. Department of State. As a cultural heritage and preservation specialist, Laura has experienced firsthand the challenges of preserving art and heritage amidst conflict, an experience she shares with Anna Bottinelli, President of the Monuments Men Foundation. Join us for a discussion about the preservation of cultural heritage in Afghanistan and beyond with these two leading experts!

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NoCal | Chapter Holiday Party

Join ArtTable’s NoCal Chapter for our annual Holiday Party, back in-person! We will gather at Jessica Silverman Gallery for an artist-led tour of Sadie Barnette’s exhibition Inheritance, followed by an informal opportunity to connect with the artist. Reunite with fellow ArtTable members and invite guests and prospective members to join in supporting ArtTable’s mission to advance the leadership of women in the visual arts!

The tour will run from 6:00pm – 7:00pm. Following the tour, we will gather at Bar Fluxus’ outdoor terrace for drinks and an opportunity to catch up with colleagues and friends from 7:00pm – 8:00pm. Admission includes one glass of wine or champagne.

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Houston | Chapter Holiday Cocktail & Relaunch Party

Join us for an ArtTable Houston Chapter Holiday Cocktail & Relaunch Party at Foto Relevance! Let’s reconnect and get re-energized about ArtTable and future events in our city. Bring your thoughts and ideas about how we can make the most of our local network!

Back in early 2020, ArtTable’s Houston Chapter was ready to launch. Members were excited about this burgeoning new chapter and a launch party was all planned. We all know what happened next. Now that the worst of the pandemic is behind us, we are excited to reconnect with each other and advance the leadership of women working in the arts in Houston.

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DC | An Evening with Italian Duo Goldschmied & Chiari

Join ArtTable’s DC Chapter for a special evening featuring Italian duo, Goldschmied & Chiari, who are visiting the United States for the closing of their exhibition Magnifica on view at Marymount University’s Cody Gallery. Sara Goldschmied and Eleonora Chiari will give a short talk about their exhibition, along with curator Allison Nance and Cody Gallery director, Caitlin Berry. Complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

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Virtual | DC BreakfastTable with Charlotte Ickes

December’s BreakfastTable program featured Charlotte Ickes, curator of time-based media and special projects at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. She discussed her background as an art historian and highlighted her current work at NPG. Currently, Ickes is co-curating a yearlong virtual screening and conversation series supported by the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative called Viewfinder: Women’s Film and Video from the Smithsonian.

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Miami Art Week | ArtTable Brunch at Design Miami/

ArtTable held its annual brunch during Miami Art Week at Design Miami/! Members and friends from across the country came together to network at the week’s only fair dedicated to collectible design artwork and objects.

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Virtual | Artist Talk with Andrea Chung

For this artist talk we heard from Andrea Chung, whose exhibition, We Was Girls Together, was recently presented at Tyler Park Presents in San Diego.

We Was Girls Together, inspired by Toni Morrison’s book Sula, is a series of large-scale collages that celebrates the relationships of black women in all their complexities and displays Chung’s gratitude for them. As Chung says, “Our sisterhood, our love for one another, is not always visible to the unfamiliar, nor should it always be.” Click here to read more about the exhibition.

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