Virtual | NoCal Artist Talk with Lava Thomas

10am PT

ArtTable’s Northern California Chapter is very pleased to present an Artist Talk with Lava Thomas. Thomas tackles issues of race, gender, representation and memorialization through a multidisciplinary practice that spans drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, and site-specific installations. Drawing from her family’s Southern roots, current socio-political events, intersectional feminism and African American protest and devotional traditions, Thomas’s practice centers ideas that amplify visibility, healing, and empowerment in the face of erasure, trauma and oppression.

This program is free and open to members of ArtTable’s Northern California Chapter only. Members may bring one additional guest.

How to take part:

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  2. Following registration you will receive call-in information in the form of a Zoom link.
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Lava Thomas with 2 artworksAbout Lava Thomas

A deeply resonating voice in contemporary art, Lava Thomas’s work is included in the National Portrait Gallery’s triennial exhibition, The Outwin 2019: American Portraiture Today. Her work has been exhibited in various institutions including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C., the International Print Center, New York, NY; the Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco, CA; the Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA; and the California African American Museum, Los Angeles, CA. Her work is held in the permanent collections of the United States Consulate General in Johannesburg, South Africa; the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY; the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA; the M.H. de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA and the Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley, CA.

 

Thank you to ArtTable Northern California Chapter Leadership for organizing this program.


Image:

  1. Lava Thomas in her studio

Partner Program | Author Talk – Art: Creating With Judy Chicago

July 20, 2021 at 8pm

PBS Books presents this Author Talk with Judy Chicago about her book The Flowering: The Autobiography of Judy Chicago. Chicago will be in conversation with ArtTable’s Lila Harnett Executive Director, Jessica Porter!

This event will be a time for viewers to get to know America’s most dynamic living artist. Known for her extraordinary and genre-defying art, such as The Dinner Party, Birth Project, Holocaust Project, and more, Chicago is a trailblazing feminist and a champion of using art to express visions and challenge boundaries. PBS Books is honored to learn more about Chicago alongside viewers nationwide, as she explores her own personal journey to becoming a multi-talented American icon. This special event will showcase the stories behind her works and celebrate her lifelong aim: a more just and equitable world for all beings.

Click here to read more about the book and the artist.

The event will be live streamed on the PBS Books Facebook Page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Images courtesy of the artist and PBS Books.

Virtual | Artist Talk with Charlotte Caspers

2pm ET | 1pm CT | 11am PT

ArtTable’s Artist Talk series is made possible by the Pollock Krasner Foundation. Originally formatted as in-person Artist Breakfasts, ArtTable has moved most programming into the virtual realm during the pandemic. Please join us for a virtual Artist Talk with Charlotte Caspers.

Admission

  • Non-Members – $10
  • ArtTable Members – $5
  • ArtTable Circle Members – Free
  • Members may bring an additional guest for $5

How to take part:

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  2. Following registration you will receive call-in information in the form of a ZOOM link.
  3. Before joining a Zoom meeting on a computer or mobile device, you can download the Zoom app from the Download Center and select the “Zoom Client for Meetings” option. Alternatively, you will be prompted to download and install Zoom when you click a join link.
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Accessibility: Please note that this program will offer live closed captioning. If you require additional accommodations, please email programs@arttable.org.


About Charlotte Caspers

Headshot of Charlotte Caspers in black and white; white woman turned 3/4 profile to the left, dark hair pulled back in a low bunCharlotte Caspers (Ghent, 1979) is an artist who makes use of historical painting techniques and materials in a contemporary way. Central to her work is the subtle communication of materials, of human beings as makers, with nature as the basis of everything. She connects these themes with her specific form language and with her clearly recognisable aesthetics. Caspers studied Art History at Radboud University in Nijmegen and took the postgraduate course in painting restoration at Stichting Restauratie Atelier Limburg in Maastricht (SRAL). She specialized in historical painting materials and techniques and has made historical reconstructions for numerous museums and institutions, including the Van Gogh Museum, the Rijksmuseum, Tate Britain, Princeton and Duke University, and Dutch television. For ten years, Caspers has been a guest lecturer in historical painting techniques at the Department of Conservation and Restoration at the University of Amsterdam.

 

This program is generously supported by the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. The Pollock-Krasner Foundation has been a leader in providing grants enabling emerging and established artists to focus on their work. Funding helps artists to create new work, acquire art supplies, rent studio space, and prepare exhibitions. The Foundation also provides grants to organizations that directly engage with artists, such as artist residency programs. Please visit www.pkf.org for more information.


Images:

  1. Colour composition maple tree, 2019. 93 x 72 cm. Oak panels, mineral pigments in distemper, graphite, & goldleaf. Image courtesy of the artist.
  2. Charlotte Caspers, courtesy of the artist; Photo by Joris Hilterman

Virtual | Artist Talk with Shahzia Sikander

12pm ET | 11am CT | 9am PT

ArtTable’s Artist Talk series is made possible by the Pollock Krasner Foundation. Originally formatted as in-person Artist Breakfasts, ArtTable has moved all programming into the virtual realm during the pandemic. Please join us for a virtual Artist Talk with Shahzia Sikander.

Shahzia will talk about individual works she created from 1988 to 2003, elaborating on the evolution of her unique visual lexicon as she negotiated a language between the pictorial traditions of Central and South Asia and contemporary practices, through the lens of her experience from Pakistan to the US as an immigrant pre and post 9/11 and how that period’s shifting socio-political culture shaped her broader practice.

Admission

  • Non-Members – $10
  • ArtTable Members – $5
  • ArtTable Circle Members – Free
  • Members may bring an additional guest for $5

How to take part:

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About Shahzia Sikander

Image of Shahzia Sikander, a Pakistani-American woman with long dark hair, wearing a white blazerPioneering Pakistani-American artist Shahzia Sikander is one of the most influential artists working today. Sikander is widely celebrated for expanding and subverting pre-modern and classical Central and South-Asian miniature painting traditions and launching the form known today as neo-miniature. By bringing traditional and historical practice into dialogue with contemporary international art practices, Sikander’s multivalent and investigative work examines colonial archives to readdress orientalist narratives in western art history. Interrogating ideas of language, trade, empire, and migration through imperial and feminist perspectives Sikander’s paintings, video animations, mosaics and sculpture explore gender roles and sexuality, cultural identity, racial narratives, and colonial and postcolonial histories.

Sikander earned a B.F.A. in 1991 from the National College of Arts in Lahore, Pakistan. Her seminal thesis work, The Scroll (1989–1990) which initiated the start of the neo-miniature movement, garnered awards, exhibitions and press, as well as led to increased enrollment in the NCA’s miniature painting department. Subsequently, Sikander was appointed as a lecturer in miniature painting at the school. The artist then moved to the United States to pursue an M.F.A. at the Rhode Island School of Design from 1993 to 1995; from 1995 to 1997, she participated in the Glassell School of Art’s CORE Program at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. A recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship (2006) and the State Department Medal of Arts (2012), Sikander’s innovative work has been exhibited and collected internationally.

Shahzia Sikander will be the subject of a traveling exhibition titled Shahzia Sikander: Extraordinary Realities. The exhibition will open at The Morgan Library in New York in June 2021, followed by the RISD Museum in Providence, Rhode Island in November 2021, and then the MFA Houston in Texas in Spring 2022. On the occasion of these exhibitions, there will be a major new monograph printed. Extraordinary Realities is an exhaustive examination of Sikander’s work from 1987 to 2003, charting her early development as an artist in Lahore and the United States, and foregrounding her critical role in bringing miniature painting into dialogue with contemporary art. Edited by Jan Howard and Sadia Abbas, with contributions by Gayatri Gopinath, Faisal Devji, Kishwar Rizvi, Sadia Abbas, Jan Howard, Vasif Kortun, Dennis Congdon, Bashir Ahmed, Rick Lowe, and Julie Mehretu.

 

This program is generously supported by the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. The Pollock-Krasner Foundation has been a leader in providing grants enabling emerging and established artists to focus on their work. Funding helps artists to create new work, acquire art supplies, rent studio space, and prepare exhibitions. The Foundation also provides grants to organizations that directly engage with artists, such as artist residency programs. Please visit www.pkf.org for more information.

Thank you to Julia P. Herzberg, Ph.D., member of ArtTable’s New York Chapter Programming Committee, for organizing this program.


Images:

  1. “Cholee Kay Peechay Kiya? Chunree Kay Neechay Kiya? (What Is under the Blouse? What Is under the Dress?)”, 1997; Vegetable Color, dry pigment, watercolor and tea on wasli paper; Marieluise Hessel Collection, Hessel Museum of Art, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York
  2. “Hood’s Red Rider No. 2”, 1997; Vegetable Color, dry pigment, watercolor, gold and tea on wasli paper; Collection of Susan and Lew Manilow

Virtual | Artist Talk with Barbara Prey & Jennifer Trainer Thompson

6pm ET | 5pm CT | 3pm PT

In November of 2016, artist Barbara Prey was commissioned by the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) to paint a vast watercolor for Building 6, an addition of over 120,000 square feet of exhibition space that opened back in 2017. Her painting would depict part of the interior of the building in its raw, pre-renovated state as a historic mill, before the space transformed into long-term exhibition galleries. With the addition of Building 6, MASS MoCA became one of the largest contemporary art museums in the country, with Prey’s massive painting aptly taking the title of the world’s largest watercolor painting. Join us for a virtual conversation with the artist, and filmmaker, author, and museum administrator Jennifer Trainer Thompson. Barbara and Jennifer will be joining us live from MASS MoCA, with Barbara’s installed painting on view throughout the conversation.

You can read more about the commission and the artist’s process here.

Admission

  • Non-Members – $10
  • ArtTable Members – $5
  • ArtTable Circle Members – Free
  • Members may bring an additional guest for $5

How to take part:

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  2. Following registration you will receive call-in information in the form of a ZOOM link.
  3. Before joining a Zoom meeting on a computer or mobile device, you can download the Zoom app from the Download Center and select the “Zoom Client for Meetings” option. Alternatively, you will be prompted to download and install Zoom when you click a join link.
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About Barbara Prey

Barbara Prey headshot; a white woman with dark, medium length brown hair, wearing a white blouse with a popped collarOne of America’s most renowned contemporary artists, Barbara Prey was recently commissioned by MASS MoCA to create the largest known watercolor painting (8 by 15 feet) for their new building. Prey’s work also resides in the National Gallery of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the New York Historical Society, Kennedy Space Center and the permanent collection of the White House, where she is one of just two living female artists represented.

Prey has served for over ten years as the sole visual artist on the U.S. President- appointed National Council on the Arts, the advisory board to the National Endowment for the Arts. Artists are appointed for their contributions and recognition in American Art. In 2003, the White House Christmas card featured her painting of the Diplomatic Reception Room. With dozens of artworks commissioned by government agencies and institutions, such as four paintings for NASA, Prey is a global ambassador for American Art. Tapped annually for the U.S. Art in Embassies program, Prey’s work has been on display in over one hundred U.S. embassies and consulates worldwide. Her painting Gallantly Streaming is currently on view in the lobby of the U.S. Mission to the U.N.

Prey earned a Bachelor’s degree from Williams College, where she is an adjunct faculty member, and a Master’s degree from Harvard University. She has received numerous institutional accolades, including a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation, where she spent a year painting in Asia, a Fulbright Scholarship and the New York State Senate’s “Women of Distinction” Award. She maintains studios in New York, Maine, and Massachusetts.

About Jennifer Trainer Thompson

Headshot of Jennifer Trainer Thompson; white woman with short blonde hair, red dress, and a pearl necklace

Jennifer Trainer Thompson is a filmmaker, author, and museum administrator.  She was one of a handful of people who developed and built MASS MoCA, working at the museum for 28 years as the first Director of Development. An award-winning journalist, she’s the author or co-author of 20 books including BEYOND EINSTEIN and FRESH FISH. She is currently director of Hancock Shaker Village, a living history museum in the Berkshires with one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of Shaker material culture in the world. Jennifer also directed MUSEUM TOWN, a documentary film that tells the story of a unique museum, the small town it calls home, and the great risk, hope, and power of art to transform a desolate post-industrial city.

 


Images:

  1. Barbara Ernst Prey, “MASS MoCA Building 6”, 2015 – 2017; Watercolor, gouache, and pencil on paper, with materials from Building 6; courtesy of MASS MoCA and the artist.
  2. Barbara Ernst Prey, courtesy of the artist.
  3. Jennifer Trainer Thompson, courtesy of the speaker.

Virtual | Discovering Digital – Immersive Technology & Art with Laura Hertzfeld & Nancy Baker Cahill

6pm ET | 5pm CT | 3pm PT

Discovering Digital is a new programming series developed by ArtTable’s New York Chapter Programs Committee. Each discussion will explore different aspects of new media initiatives in the art world. These virtual conversations are led by experts in the field and appeal to all who are interested in digital media.

As COVID-19 has created a higher demand for art that can be experienced in the public space, immersive technologies like augmented reality and virtual reality have become synonymous with what’s marketable and accessible in our current pandemic world. Artist Nancy Baker Cahill and journalist/producer Laura Hertzfeld will discuss immersive art, the creative process, and the possibilities and perils of the brave new world of NFTs – as well as provide insight on how to get started in the digital art world.

Admission

  • Non-Members – $10
  • ArtTable Members – $5
  • ArtTable Circle Members – Free
  • Members may bring an additional guest for $5

How to take part:

  1. Click here to Register for this program.
  2. Following registration you will receive call-in information in the form of a ZOOM link.
  3. Before joining a Zoom meeting on a computer or mobile device, you can download the Zoom app from the Download Center and select the “Zoom Client for Meetings” option. Alternatively, you will be prompted to download and install Zoom when you click a join link.
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Accessibility: Please note that this program will offer live closed captioning. If you require additional accommodations, please email programs@arttable.org.


About Nancy Baker Cahill

Headshot of Nancy Baker Cahill, a white woman wearing dark rimmed glasses and a black tank top

Nancy Baker Cahill is a new media artist who examines power, selfhood, and embodied consciousness through drawing and shared immersive space. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of 4th Wall, a free Augmented Reality (AR) art platform exploring resistance and inclusive creative expression. Her recent AR public art project, Liberty Bell, commissioned by Art Production Fund, earned features in the New York Times, frieze Magazine, Artnet, Smithsonian Magazine and the Washington Post, among many other publications. The project, on view through 2021, spans six historic and culturally significant sites along the Eastern Seaboard of the U.S. and appeared in Artnews’ list, The Defining Public Artworks of 2020. Baker Cahill was also included in ARTnews’ list of 2021 Deciders.

Her 2018 TED talk, Augmented Reality (AR) as an Artist’s Tool for Equity and Access, launched her international public speaking practice. She has since delivered keynotes at the 2019 Games For Change, 2020 A.W.E. (Augmented World Expo) and has spoken at the Hirshhorn Museum and numerous academic institutions and conferences. Baker Cahill is an artist scholar in the Berggruen Institute’s inaugural Transformations of the Human Fellowship, and will begin a residency focused on AR monuments at Oxy Arts this summer. She is the Art and Creative Technologies Advisor for the XRSI Safety Initiative, and is a member of the Guild of Future Architects. In May 2021, she will receive the Williams College Bicentennial Medal of Honor.

About Laura Hertzfeld

Laura Hertzfeld - white woman with dark brown hair, red shit, and black blazerLaura Hertzfeld is an Emmy-winning producer, writer, and editor with over a decade of experience helping news organizations develop online content, engagement and distribution strategies. She leads the XR Partner Program at Yahoo Ryot Labs, building AR and VR projects for Verizon Media’s news partners. Laura was a 2018-2019 John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University where she researched the intersection of art, immersive storytelling, and journalism. She previously led Journalism 360, an immersive storytelling initiative from Google News Lab, Knight Foundation, and ONA. She has held leadership roles at Entertainment Weekly, Ora TV, and PBS.org and was an editor on the original Yahoo News team.

 

This program is generously supported by the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. The Pollock-Krasner Foundation has been a leader in providing grants enabling emerging and established artists to focus on their work. Funding helps artists to create new work, acquire art supplies, rent studio space, and prepare exhibitions. The Foundation also provides grants to organizations that directly engage with artists, such as artist residency programs. Please visit www.pkf.org for more information.

Thank you to Regan Lynne Larroque, ArtTable’s New York Chapter Programming Committee Co-Chair, for organizing this program.


Images: 

  1. Hollow Point 101, LUMINEX: Dialogues of Light, Courtesy of Nancy Baker Cahill
  2. Nancy Baker Cahill, courtesy of the speaker
  3. Laura Hertzfeld, courtesy of the speaker

Virtual | Artist Talk with Angela Fraleigh

12pm ET | 11am CT | 9am PT

ArtTable’s Artist Talk series is made possible by the Pollock Krasner Foundation. Originally formatted as in-person Artist Breakfasts, ArtTable has moved all programming into the virtual realm during the pandemic. Please join us for a virtual Artist Talk with Angela Fraleigh.

Please join us after the discussion for 10-15 minutes of virtual networking in Zoom Breakout Rooms! In pre-pandemic times, ArtTable programs were a time for members and non-members to connect with old friends and meet new people, and we aim to simulate that in the virtual realm!

Admission

  • Non-Members – $15
  • ArtTable Members – $10
  • ArtTable Circle Members – Free

Not a member? Join today!

Can’t make the program at this time? Register anyway to receive a recording after!

How to take part:

  1. Click here to Register for this program.
  2. Following registration you will receive call-in information in the form of a ZOOM link.
  3. Before joining a Zoom meeting on a computer or mobile device, you can download the Zoom app from the Download Center and select the “Zoom Client for Meetings” option. Alternatively, you will be prompted to download and install Zoom when you click a join link.
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About Angela Fraleigh

Angela Fraleigh (b. 1976) earned her MFA from Yale University School of Art and her BFA from Boston University. Her solo exhibitions include Hirschl & Adler Modern, New York, NY; Inman Gallery in Houston, TX; PPOW Gallery in New York, NY; Peters Projects in Santa Fe, NM; and James Harris Gallery in Seattle, WA. She has exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, TX and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO, and has been the recipient of several awards and residencies including the Yale University Alice Kimball English grant; The Sharpe-Walentas Program Brooklyn, NY; and the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, NE. Fraleigh has created site-specific solo projects for the Edward Hopper House Museum and Study Center (Shadows Searching for Light, 2018) and the Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site (Lost in the Light, 2015), the Everson Museum of Art (Between Tongue and Teeth, 2016) and the Delaware Art Museum (Sound the Deep Waters, 2019).

She currently lives and works in Allentown, PA, where she is a Full Professor and Department Chair at Moravian College. Fraleigh’s debut solo exhibition with Hirschl & Adler Modern, Fluttering still, is on view now through March 12, 2021.

This program is generously supported by the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. The Pollock-Krasner Foundation has been a leader in providing grants enabling emerging and established artists to focus on their work. Funding helps artists to create new work, acquire art supplies, rent studio space, and prepare exhibitions. The Foundation also provides grants to organizations that directly engage with artists, such as artist residency programs. Please visit www.pkf.org for more information.

Thank you to Hirschl & Adler Modern for helping to make this program possible.


Image Credits

  1. We tell beginnings, 2021; Oil and watercolor on canvas over panel, 56 x 48 in.; Courtesy of the artist and Hirschl & Adler Modern, New York; Photo © Ken Ek
  2. Angela Fraleigh, courtesy of the artist

RESCHEDULED | MFA Artists Talk: Recent Cadogan Scholarship Awardees

8:30pm ET | 7:30pm CT | 5:30pm PT

This program has been rescheduled to a later date. Stay tuned for updates.

In support of Bay Area MFA candidates, the Northern California Chapter invites you to join us on Thursday, February 25 (8:30pm ET/ 7:30pm CT/ 5:30pm PT) for a visit with recent Cadogan Scholarship Awardees Dominique Birdsong, Amy Elkins, and Claudia Huenchuleo Paquien.

The distinction is part of The Jack K. and Gertrude Murphy Award and the Edwin Anthony and Adalaine Boudreaux Cadogan Scholarships (aka The Murphy Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards). These awards help fuel the forward-thinking visual arts movement that makes the Bay Area unique. Established in 1986, the awards were designed to further the development of the region’s MFA students and to foster exploration of their artistic potential.

The winners receive financial awards and have their work displayed in an exhibition at SOMArts Cultural Center. As universities and students have been impacted by COVID-19 this past year, the 2020 exhibition, curated by artist, curator, and educator Kevin B. Chen, made the pivot online so awardees can celebrate safely from their homes. We are pleased to present this Artists Talk by three of the year’s talented awardees.

Admission

  • Non-Members – $10
  • ArtTable Members – $5
  • ArtTable Circle Members – Free

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How to take part:

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About the Artists

Dominique Birdsong is a San Francisco-based artist working in a variety of media, from acrylic paint to concrete, plaster, and resin cloth. Her work explores the relationship between death and identity. Reflecting on a personal experience of loss, she states, “The impact that it has on me is extreme, prompting me to question my identity: who I am now and who I was before I lost them.” Birdsong completed her BFA from Humboldt State University. She is currently an MFA candidate at the San Francisco Art Institute.

Amy Elkins works primarily in photography and with a series-based approach that oscillates between formal, conceptual and documentary. She has spent the past fifteen years researching, creating and exhibiting work that explores the multifaceted nature of masculine identity as well as the psychological and sociological impacts of incarceration. Elkins received her BFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York. She is currently an MFA candidate in the Art Practice program at Stanford University. She has exhibited and published both nationally and internationally.

Claudia Huenchuleo Paquien is a multimedia artist based in San Francisco. An urban Mapuche descendant, born and raised in Chile, her work reflects on feelings of sadness, nostalgia, and dislocation as collective constructions in attunement to places and territories. Through collage, photography, and installation, her work interrogates the way in which memory, culture, and race function in relation to Indigenous contemporary identities and new systems of knowledge. Huenchuleo Paquien graduated from University of Concepción, Chile, with a degree in psychology. She completed a Post Baccalaureate in Visual Arts at UC Berkeley Extension. She is currently a third year MFA candidate at San Francisco State University.

Thank you to Northern California Chapter Executive Committee members Donna Napper, Co-Chair and Maren Jones, Finance Chair for organizing this program.


Images clockwise from top left: Dominique Birdsong, A Conversation, 2019, clay, concrete, red LED light and wood base; Amy Elkins, Holding Pattern, 2020, pigment print on adhesive fabric, stop motion animation on two 13” Clear Tech Televisions, print on cotton, used prison uniforms, stainless steel hangers, industrial steel pipes and fittings. Claudia Huenchuleo Paquien, Kallfü Füdo, 2020, photograph. Images courtesy of the artists.

Virtual | Conversation: Howardena Pindell and Adeze Wilford, ‘Rope/Fire/Water’ at The Shed

2pm ET | 1pm CT | 11am PT

ArtTable’s Curatorial Perspective program series invites curators to present and discuss timely exhibitions and initiatives. Please join us for a discussion with artist Howardena Pindell and Adeze Wilford, Assistant Curator at The Shed and organizer of the exhibition, Howardena Pindell: Rope/Fire/Water, currently on view at The Shed in New York.

Please join us after the discussion for 10-15 minutes of virtual networking in Zoom Breakout Rooms! In pre-pandemic times, ArtTable programs were a time for members and non-members to connect with old friends and meet new people, and we aim to simulate that in the virtual realm!

Admission

  • Non-Members – $20
  • ArtTable Members – $15
  • ArtTable Circle Members – Free

Not a member? Join today!

Can’t make the program at this time? Register anyway to receive a recording after!

How to take part:

  1. Click here to Register for this program.
  2. Following registration you will receive call-in information in the form of a ZOOM link.
  3. Before joining a Zoom meeting on a computer or mobile device, you can download the Zoom app from the Download Center and select the “Zoom Client for Meetings” option. Alternatively, you will be prompted to download and install Zoom when you click a join link.
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About the Speakers

Born in Philadelphia in 1943, Howardena Pindell studied painting at Boston University and Yale University. After graduating, she accepted a job at the Museum of Modern Art, where she worked for 12 years (1967–1979). Her first role was an Exhibition Assistant, then Assistant Curator in the Department of National and International Traveling Exhibitions, and finally Associate Curator and Acting Director in the Department of Prints and Illustrated Books. In 1979, she began teaching at the State University of New York, Stony Brook where she is now a full-time professor. Throughout her career, Pindell has exhibited extensively. Notable solo-exhibitions include: Spelman College (1971, Atlanta), Just Above Midtown (1977, New York), Lerner-Heller Gallery (1980, 1981, New York), The Studio Museum in Harlem (1986, New York), the Wadsworth Atheneum (1989, Hartford), G.R. N’Namdi Gallery (1992, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2006, Chicago, Detroit, and New York), Garth Greenan Gallery, New York (2014, 2017), Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Atlanta (2015) and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2018).

Pindell often employs lengthy, metaphorical processes of destruction/reconstruction. She cuts canvases in strips and sews them back together, building up surfaces in elaborate stages. She paints or draws on sheets of paper, punches out dots from the paper using a hole punch, drops the dots onto her canvas, and squeegees paint through the “stencil” left in the paper from which she had punched the dots. Almost invariably, her paintings are installed unstretched, held to the wall merely by the strength of a few finishing nails. The artist’s fascination with gridded, serialized imagery, along with surface texture appears throughout her oeuvre. Even in her later, more politically charged work, Pindell reverts to these thematic focuses in order to address social issues of homelessness, AIDs, war, genocide, sexism, xenophobia, and apartheid.

Most recently, Pindell’s work appeared in: Black in the Abstract: Part I, Epistrophy (2013, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston), and Painting 2.0: Expression in the Information Age, (2015–2016, Museum Brandhorst; 2016, Museum Moderner Kunst) and We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965–1985 (2017, the Brooklyn Museum, New York). Howardena Pindell was the subject of the 2018 retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago titled ‘Howardena Pindell: What Remains to Be Seen.’ The exhibition later traveled to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (2018) and the Rose Art Museum (2019).

View the artist’s full biography here.

Adeze Wilford is an Assistant Curator at The Shed. She was an inaugural joint curatorial fellow at The Studio Museum in Harlem and the Museum of Modern Art. She organized Vernacular Interior at Hales Gallery in 2019, as well as Excerpt (2017) at the Studio Museum and Black Intimacy (2017), a film series at MoMA. Other curatorial projects include Harlem Postcards F/W 2016/2017 and Color in Shadows the 2016 Expanding The Walls exhibition at Studio Museum. Prior to this Adeze was the Public Programs and Community Engagement assistant at the Studio Museum. She has contributed scholarship to various catalogues and magazines including Young,Gifted and Black and Black Refractions. She graduated from Northwestern University with a BA in Art History and African-American Studies.

This program is generously supported by the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. The Pollock-Krasner Foundation has been a leader in providing grants enabling emerging and established artists to focus on their work. Funding helps artists to create new work, acquire art supplies, rent studio space, and prepare exhibitions. The Foundation also provides grants to organizations that directly engage with artists, such as artist residency programs. Please visit www.pkf.org for more information.


Images: Installation view of ‘Howardena Pindell: Rope/Fire/Water’ at The Shed; Howardena Pindell; Adeze Wilford, © 2015 Scott Rudd

Virtual | Artist Talk with Hiba Schahbaz

12pm ET | 11am CT | 9am PT

ArtTable’s Artist Talk series is made possible by the Pollock Krasner Foundation. Originally formatted as in-person Artist Breakfasts, ArtTable has moved all programming into the virtual realm during the pandemic. Please join us for a virtual Artist Talk with Hiba Schahbaz.

Tickets are $10. Member tickets are $5. Not a member? Join today!

How to take part:

  1. Click here to Register for this program.
  2. Following registration you will receive call-in information in the form of a ZOOM link.
  3. Before joining a Zoom meeting on a computer or mobile device, you can download the Zoom app from the Download Center and select the “Zoom Client for Meetings” option. Alternatively, you will be prompted to download and install Zoom when you click a join link.
  4. For further instruction on how to use Zoom, see here.

About Hiba Schahbaz

Born in Karachi, Pakistan, Hiba Schahbaz is a Brooklyn-based figurative painter who works primarily with paper, black-tea, and water based pigments. Her subjects, largely drawn from her lifelong practice of self portraiture, inhabit a dreamlike, all-female world. Schahbaz initially trained in Indo-Persian miniature painting at Lahore’s National College of Arts, and later earned a Master’s in Painting from Pratt Institute in New York. Her work addresses issues of personal freedom, destruction, sexuality and censorship by unveiling the beauty, fragility and strength of the female form.

Her solo shows include Dreaming (De Buck Gallery 2020), In Solitude (De Buck Gallery, 2020), The Garden (Spring/Break Art Show, 2018), Hiba Schahbaz: Self-Portraits (Project for Empty Space, 2017), Hanged With Roses (Thierry Goldberg Gallery, 2015), and In Memory (Noire Gallery, 2012). Schahbaz has participated in numerous group exhibitions, including a recent show curated by Jasmine Wahi in Tokyo, “all the women. in me. are tired.”, at THE CLUB, as well as exhibitions at NiU Museum of Art, The Untitled Space, and Center for Book Arts; and has shown at art fairs such as Pulse Art Fair, Untitled Art Fair, Art Fair Cologne, and Vienna Fair.

Publications like Vice, Hyperallergic, The Huffington Post, Coveteur, Vogue, NY Magazine, Art Critical, ArtForum, Bomb Mag, Paper, and others have written about Hiba’s work. Schahbaz has curated painting exhibitions in Pakistan and India, and she was an artist-in-residence at Mass MoCA, The Wassaic Project, Vermont Studio Center, and the Alfred Z. Solomon Residency at the Tang Museum. She teaches miniature painting at the Art Students League in New York, and her work is held in private collections around the world.

(Bio adapted from De Buck Gallery press release, 2020)

This program is generously supported by the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. The Pollock-Krasner Foundation has been a leader in providing grants enabling emerging and established artists to focus on their work. Funding helps artists to create new work, acquire art supplies, rent studio space, and prepare exhibitions. The Foundation also provides grants to organizations that directly engage with artists, such as artist residency programs. Please visit www.pkf.org for more information.


Image Credits

  1. Hiba Schahbaz in her studio in Brooklyn, NY.
  2. Inside Hiba’s studio; photo by Meiying Thai
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