VIRTUAL | Assessing Risk with Covid-19: Museums, Galleries and Private Collections

Image: Juan Arredondo for The New York Times

In response to our current state of distance, ArtTable is shifting programming online where we can. This event will take place as a live conversation! Registration is open to members only. Suggested donation of $15.00. We hope to see you there!

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Join ArtTable for a conversation on risk assessment for museums, private collections and galleries during COVID-19. We’re bringing together experts to discuss the most significant risks for art when museums, galleries, and other exhibiting institutions are closed, as well as important measures to be taken.

About the participants: 

Aleesha Ast, Associate Registrar, Boca Raton Museum of Art

Before joining the Boca Raton Museum of Art in February 2020, Aleesha held registrar positions at NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, Norton Museum of Art, Crystal Bridges Museum of Art, and Ringling Museum of Art. With a decade of experience coordinating exhibitions, facilitating loans, couriering artworks, and preparing for natural disasters, she has worked with conservators, artists, preparators, and invaluable colleagues to be well-versed in collections of all sorts and objects of all mediums. 

Aleesha earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History/Archaeology, summa cum laude from Binghamton University and a Master of Arts degree in Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture from the Bard Graduate Center. 

Jitka Kyrian, Associate Conservator at GV Art Conservation 

Jitka is a Paintings and Objects Conservator with GV Art Conservation and has been in this role since 2015. Prior to joining GV Art Conservation, Jitka had 9 years of experience working in museums and other institutions in Germany and other European countries. She holds a degree in Conservation from the Technical University in Munich, Germany and continues her education with on-going conservation studies.

With her specialization in paintings, sculptures and objects she worked in private conservation studios and institutions such as the Wallraf-Richartz- Museum/Museum Ludwig (Cologne, Germany), the Conservation Institute Ludbreg (Croatia), the Vancouver Museum (British Columbia) and the National Gallery of Prague (Czech Republic). From 2008 to 2015 she worked in the Museum Five Continents Munich, which houses one of the biggest collections of ethnographic art and objects worldwide. Here Jitka gained experiences working with artworks and objects of various materials and material combinations of all periods and regions of the world. Additionally she gained practical experiences in fields such as preventive conservation, storage management, risk management and the supervision and management of museum’s staff and other professionals.

Mary Pontillo, Senior Vice President, National Fine Arts Practice Leader

In her current position as Senior Vice President and National Fine Art Practice Leader at DeWitt Stern/Risk Strategies, Mary handles and produces Fine Art accounts including Fine Art dealers, private collectors, and museums, artist foundations among others, along with the Property & Casualty policies associated with these accounts.  In addition Mary consults on client Fine Art exposures firm-wide.

Before joining DeWitt Stern in May 2006, Mary worked at Huntington T. Block Insurance Agency/Aon for over three years as a Fine Art Insurance Underwriter and Account Manager, handling large line Fine Art accounts. In addition, she taught art in Norfolk, VA, for two years and served as a docent at the Smithsonian Institute’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C.

Mary earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Art and Masters in Art History from James Madison University. She also completed the Appraisal Studies and Art Business certificate programs at New York University.

In 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018 Mary was recognized as Power Broker: Fine Art category by Risk & Insurance magazine, as well as the Enterprising Achiever Award from NAIW. In addition, in 2011, Risk & Insurance magazine awarded Mary the Responsibility Leader designation. 

David Shapiro, Senior Art Appraiser and Advisor with Victor Wiener Associates

David Shapiro is a Senior Art Appraiser and Advisor with Victor Wiener Associates,
LLC and a Certified Member of the Appraisers Association of America (AAA), with a specialization in postwar, contemporary, and emerging art. He has contributed to the valuation of art for the bankruptcy trial of the City of Detroit; the federal art fraud case, United States v. Luke D. Brugnara; and the insurance case MunnWorks v. 645 Mac Realty (2016), among other legal cases.

Mr. Shapiro has lectured on art appraisal and the art market for Sotheby’s Institute of Art, New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA), The New Art Academy, and St. John’s University. He is the author of the article “The Dynamics of Valuing Emerging Art and Artists” for the Digital Journal of Advanced Appraisal Practice (2019) and has also published on art fraud, as a co-author with Victor Wiener. Mr. Shapiro is the founding editor of the online contemporary art publication Museo and has served on the editorial team for several art history textbooks.

Thank you to David Shapiro for organizing this event with ArtTable.

Virtual | ArtTable X Come to Your Census Discussion and Happy Hour!

Image: Art+Action’s Come to Your Census campaign. Featured artwork from left to right: Masako Miki, Conversation with Plates, 2018., Clare Rojas, Untitled, 2020., Joel Daniel Phillips, Charlie Lee #3, 2017.

Join ArtTable for a conversation with the creative collaborators behind- Come to Your Census: Who Counts in America? a digital art and civic experience organized by Yerba Buena Arts Center as part of Art+Action’s arts-driven COME TO YOUR CENSUS arts-driven campaign, galvanizing communities to participate in the 2020 Census. As part of ArtTable’s curatorial perspective virtual programming, we’ll be speaking with the curators, artists, and creative collaborators involved in this initiative, as an important model of how now more than ever, arts institutions are embracing collaboration and leaning into their role to advocate with and inspire our communities.

This event will be followed by a 10 minute Census-taking ‘happy hour.’ For all who take their 2020 Census and send proof to Art+Action, they will be gifted an art sweatshirt by artists Arleene Correa Valencia + Ana Teresa Fernández as part of their collaboration SOMOS VISIBLES. This ongoing project takes a political stance on visibility through the use of high visibility ready-to-wear safety gear present throughout many labor industries, and as it relates to the invisibility of the undocumented in the U.S.—and within COME TO YOUR CENSUS campaign, as it relates to being seen and counted in the 2020 Census. Read more about SOMOS VISIBLES—made possible through the generous support of Levi’s—and the artists’ work here.

How to take part!

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Before COVID-19 changed our lives and took hold of our collective psyche, independent curator, activist and ArtTable member Amy Kisch was commissioned by San Francisco’s Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs (OCEIA) to develop an arts-driven campaign to mobilize communities around the 2020 Census. Understanding that the Census determines the distribution of federal money and political power across the U.S., Kisch, together with Amy Schoening and Brittany Ficken, formed Art+Action, the first-ever coalition for civic participation across art, creative, community, business, technology, philanthropy, activist, and government sectors. Art+Action approached Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA), inviting them to enter into a partnership to amplify and expand this work. YBCA eagerly accepted this call to collaboration—becoming a Lead Partner in the coalition and Art+Action’s headquarters

Meet the participants: 

Ashara Ekundayo is a Detroit-born, Oakland-based, inter-disciplinary independent curator, artist, creative industries entrepreneur and organizer working internationally across cultural, spiritual, civic, and social innovation spaces.  Through her company AECreative Consulting Partners she places artists and cultural production as essential in equitable design practices, real estate development, and movement building. Some of her ventures Evolve Oakland (formally known as Impact Hub Oakland), Omi Arts Project + Space, and Ashara Ekundayo Gallery gained international attention for their groundbreaking methodology and courageous programming and have been featured in publications such as Black Enterprise, Forbes and The Guardian. Ashara is also a “pleasure activist” and her creative arts practice epistemology requires an embodied commitment to recognizing joy in the midst of struggle.Currently she serves as Chief Creative Catalyst for the Bay Area Girls & Womxn of Color Collaborative, sits on the Advisory Board of the Oakland Public Conservatory of Music, and is the Co-Founder of See Black Women – a curatorial collective whose mission is to center and present an understanding of Black feminist thought and creative culture through exhibition, publication and policy.  Her new media platform and forthcoming book, “Artist As First Responder” excavates, documents, and nurtures the next generation of cultural workers whose practices save lives.

re.riddle’s founder and principal and ArtTable member, Candace Huey, brings her extensive knowledge of and experience in the art world to her projects. Huey has worked for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Bonham’s auction house, Alameda County Arts Commission and various galleries in the Bay Area where she curated exhibitions showcasing the work of 20th century masters and contemporary artists. As an independent curator, she conceptualized and produced exhibitions for cultural institutions such as Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco, Consulado General de México, Consulado General de España, and Consulat Général de France, San Francisco. She consults on collection portfolio and development for private clients in San Francisco, Hong Kong, Chicago, London and Paris.

Huey holds degrees from The Courtauld in London and U.C. Berkeley, and has presented her academic research on 17th century Dutch Art at renowned conferences in the United States and the Netherlands.  She currently teaches art history at a private university, sits on the executive council for SECA SFMoMA, de Young Museum College Programs Advisory, ArtTable and is an active member of Artadia San Francisco Council and Headlands Center for the Arts.

Sarah Cathers is the Director of Public Life at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) in San Francisco where she develops the organizational focus on radical hospitality; participation rich public spaces; deep and generative relationships with community; and a culture of invitation. Making sure that people, aka ‘the public’, are at the center of everything we do at YBCA, Sarah works alongside other departments to lead projects out of traditional roadblocks and help connect the work we all do in a more holistic manner.

She has 24 years of experience in arts leadership, curation and operations, including producing 7 years of the renowned SFFilm Festival and 9 years at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio. She has performed in and produced stage and film works for SFMOMA and Di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art, designed costumes for independent short films and music videos and was an internationally touring performance artist. She has served on the Board of The Lab, one of San Francisco’s most beloved experimental performance spaces and managed a 15-artist gallery and studio space in her hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

Martin Strickland is the Associate Director of Public Life at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) in San Francisco where he develops the organizational focus on radical hospitality; participation rich public spaces; deep and generative relationships with community; and a culture of invitation. Making sure that people, aka ‘the public’, are at the center of everything we do at YBCA, Martin works to commit the model of the art institution as a public resource — to pledge the institution to artistic practitioners and constituencies who understand art and culture as forms of knowledge and experience that support civic inquiry.

He has curated multiple exhibitions and public programs, including co-curating YBCA’s signature triennial Bay Area Now 8 in 2018, and has collaborated with Lucía Sanromán on The City Initiative, a series of exhibitions and public programs featuring architects designers, planners and artists that focus on creating provocative works in the urban environment. Prior to YBCA, he worked as the programs assistant at the Arts Research Center, UC Berkeley, as an independent contractor with the San Francisco Arts Commission, and as a community organizer for public health in New Orleans.

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) is one of the nation’s most innovative contemporary arts centers. Founded in 1993, YBCA’s mission is to generate culture that moves people.

Amy Kisch is the Founder + Artistic Director of Social Impact for the Art+Action Coalition. For over two decades, Kisch has worked as a strategist and cultural producer, developing major global, art, culture, and brand initiatives for high-profile private, corporate, institutional, and non-profit clients including Sotheby’s, ABC TV, The Armory Show, AT&T, NYFA, and the Williamsburg Gallery Association, among others. Having spent six years in clinical and community social work, her projects are underscored by efforts to democratize access, while upholding integrity and quality in curatorial vision and programming. In 2018, Kisch launched Collect For Change™—collaborating with artists to offer artwork with a portion of sales benefiting a charity selected by each artist.

Brittany Ficken is cultural producer who has worked in the arts for the last eight years at art museums, arts organizations, and on various independent projects. She is the Executive Producer and Project Director of Art+Action, an arts-driven cross-sector coalition for civic participation—mobilizing around the 2020 Census—headquartered at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and powered by San Francisco’s Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs.

Brittany Ficken is the Co-Director of The Painting Salon, a bi-monthly roaming lecture series that creates conversation around contemporary art in the San Francisco Bay Area. From 2016-2019, Brittany Ficken worked with Headlands Center for the Arts to manage the production of outdoor public artworks in the National Park, produce events, fundraise, manage Board relations, and to run the artist limited edition program. While in the Bay Area, Brittany has also worked with McEvoy Foundation for the Arts, Rena Bransten Gallery, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Previously, in New York, Brittany Ficken developed arts programming and communications for Artis. She also worked on the Foundation for Contemporary Arts’ annual benefit art exhibition at Matthew Marks Gallery. From 2012-2014 Brittany Ficken was Assistant Curator at City Ice Arts in Kansas City. In 2012 she worked with the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art. The same year, Brittany Ficken co-founded Archive Collective, an active organization that provides opportunities for communities to engage with photography by hosting group critiques, gallery visits, artist talks, studio visit, and local and traveling exhibitions.

Virtual | Care of Modern and Contemporary Paintings with Rustin Levenson, President and Founder, ArtCare Conservation

In response to our current state of distance, ArtTable is shifting programming online where we can. This event will take place as a live conversation! Registration is required and open to all. Suggested donation of $15.00. We hope to see you there!

How to take part!

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ArtTable’s professional empowerment series invites experts to share their professional experiences, knowledge and skills. Each session presents an opportunity to engage with and learn more about a topic, issue or skill that directly impacts the professional lives of our members. During this session we’ll hear directly from Rustin Levenson, President and Founder, ArtCare Conservation.

The materials and techniques of Modern and Contemporary paintings offer unique challenges for those responsible for assessing, shipping, handling, and treating works. This session will discuss the history of recent artists’ materials and how they impact the life of their paintings. Rustin will outline best practices for handling and shipping these works. For those assessing works,
examples of treatments will give insight into the impact of damage and conservation.

Rustin Levenson has worked on the painting conservation staff of the Fogg Museum, the Canadian Conservation Institute, The National Gallery of Canada, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

In 1981, she founded ArtCare Conservation, a private studio offering museum quality conservation to institutions and private clients. ArtCare Conservation has grown to include studios in New York, Los Angeles, and Miami. Rustin has co-authored, with art historian, Andrea Kirsh, Seeing Through Paintings: Physical Examination in Art Historical Studies (Yale University Press, 2000) and written chapters for The Expert vs the Object (Oxford University Press, 2004) and The Conservation of Easel Paintings (Rutledge Press, 2013). She has published numerous technical and historical articles and has lectured widely.  She is a Fellow both in the American Institute for Conservation and The International Institute for Conservation, and has served on numerous professional committees as well as chairing the Paintings Specialty Group of the American Institute for Conservation. In 2015 she was awarded a Residency at the American Academy in Rome. 

Thank you to ArtTable’s Florida Chapter and Rustin Levenson. 

POSTPONED: ArtTable Circle | Special Collection Visit: Ellen Cantrowitz

Image courtesy of Ellen Cantrowitz

In light of the developments concerning COVID-19, we have decided to postpone this special event. All registrations will be held for this event and we hope to be in touch with a new date. Alternatively, your account will be credited for a future ArtTable event.


April 7th is ArtTable Day! In 2005, the Mayor of New York City declared ArtTable Day to be April 7, to mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of ArtTable’s founding. Now fifteen years on from this proclamation, and during the year of our 40th Anniversary, we’re celebrating ArtTable Day again with a day of national celebration in chapters across the country!

Celebrate with a visit to the Upper East Side home of long time ArtTable member, art dealer, and collector Ellen Cantrowitz, for an intimate reception and tour of her personal collection, featuring work by Frank Stella, Jean Dubuffet, Joseph Cornell, Huma Bhabha, Yayoi Kusama, Henri Matisse, Philip Guston, Cindy Sherman, Alex Katz, Louise Nevelson, Glenn Ligon, Sol Lewitt, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Isamu Noguchi, Shinique Smith and more! 

The full Address will be sent to registrants upon confirmation.

Thank you to Ellen Cantrowitz. 

We are closely monitoring the developments concerning the Coronavirus, (COVID-19) and will follow any suggested protocols from the CDC or any other governing body as they relate to our events, programs and travel opportunities.

POSTPONED: NOCAL | ArtTable New Member Happy Hour at Bonhams’ New SF Location

In light of the developments concerning COVID-19, we have decided to postpone this special event. All registrations will be held for this event and we hope to be in touch with a new date. Alternatively, your account will be credited for a future ArtTable event.

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ArtTable is kicking off spring early with a special happy hour welcoming new and potential ArtTable members! Hosted by our friends at Bonhams, members and guests are invited to come and view the newly-opened Bonhams gallery space, enjoy their exhibition on view, and meet new and potential members.

All are invited to bring a guest who would like to learn more about ArtTable membership and its benefits and connect with members of the Northern California chapter.

Who’s attending this program? Click here to see who’s registered!

Thank you to Amelia Manderscheid, VP Senior Director in Contemporary Art, Bonhams

We are closely monitoring the developments concerning the Coronavirus, (COVID-19) and will follow any suggested protocols from the CDC or any other governing body as they relate to our events, programs and travel opportunities.

POSTPONED: ArtTable Circle Collection Visit⎪Landy Collection of Feminist Art

Image courtesy of Kathleen Landy

In light of the developments concerning COVID-19, we have decided to postpone this special event. All registrations will be held for this event and we hope to be in touch with a new date. 

Join us at the Upper East Side home of Kathleen Landy, Founder, and President of the Feminist Institute, as we gather for cocktails and conversation and a tour of her outstanding collection of Feminist Art. From the halls of Womanhouse to the walls of A.I.R., this collection is a snapshot of feminist art dating from the ‘60s to today.  Artists represented include: Miriam Schapiro, Judy Chicago, Faith Wilding, Carolee Schneemann, Hannah Wilke, Joan Jonas, Judith Bernstein, Rebecca Horn, Dana Schutz, Cindy Sherman, Mary Beth Edelson and more.

The full address will be sent to registrants upon confirmation.

Special thanks to ArtTable board member Kat Griefen.

VIRTUAL | How Can We Think of Art at a Time Like This? with Barbara Pollack and Anne Verhallen

Image: Marilyn Minter. Lithium, 2019.

In response to our current state of distance, ArtTable is shifting programming online where we can. This event will take place as a live conversation! Registration is required and open to all. Suggested donation of $15.00. We hope to see you there!

How to take part!

  1. Click here to Register for this event
  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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Join ArtTable for a conversation with curators Barbara Pollack and Anne Verhallen on responsive online curatorial action and collaboration! Pollack and Verhallen are the co-curators of, How Can We Think of Art at a Time Like This? an online exhibition that serves as a platform for the exchange of ideas at this time of crisis. On March 14th, 2020, in quick reaction to the US’s gallery and museum closures, the two writers-curators and longtime collaborators immediately spent the weekend to kick start a group show to respond to the crisis.

“We invited artists who are considered thought leaders, artists who struggle with futuristic pessimism, political outrage and psychic melt-downs. The invited artists have responded with unbridled enthusiasm and we will be posting new artists every day for the foreseeable future.”

Click here for How can we Think of Art at Time Like This?

Barbara Pollack is the author of Brand New Art from China: A Generation on the Rise published in 2018 by I.B. Tauris.  Her first book was The Wild, Wild East: An American Art Critic’s Adventures in China, published in May 2010 by Timezone 8 Books.  She is a leading authority on Chinese contemporary art and has been a featured speaker at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting of New Champions in China, also known as Summer Davos.    

Since 1994, Pollack has written extensively on contemporary Chinese art for such publications as Artnews, Art & Auction, the Village Voice, Vanity Fair, the New York Times, and many others.  In addition to articles, Pollack has contributed major catalogue essays for such leading artists as Li Songsong, Lin Tianmiao, Wang Gongxin, Zhao Zhao, Sun Xun, and Tu Hongtao. Several of her essays were included in the China Art Book, published by Dumont Literatur in 2007.  

Pollack was the lead curator of many shows of Chinese contemporary art including the groundbreaking My Generation: Young Chinese Artists, the first exhibition of the 1980s generation of Chinese artists in the U.S.  which was shown at the Tampa Museum of Art and Museum Fine Arts, St. Petersburg in 2014 and traveled to the Oklahoma City Museum of Art and the Orange County Museum of Art in 2015. She has also curated in China most notably Tu Hongtao: A Timely Journey, at the Long Museum West Bund in November 2018and Sun Xun:  Prediction Laboratory at Yuz Museum, also in Shanghai in 2016. In 2022, she will present Mirror Image: Changing Chinese Identity at the Asia Society Museum in New York.

Based on her research in this field, she received two grants from Asian Cultural Council in 2008 and 2016 and the prestigious Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation arts writers grant in 2008.  Additionally, Pollack is an adjunct professor at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and frequently lectures on contemporary art at universities and museums throughout the United States and Asia.

Anne Verhallen is a New York-based curator, writer and artist agent. As director of the fine art division at CXA, she has worked on projects for many leading artists, including Kehinde Wiley, Robert Wilson, Friedrich Kunath and Lily Kwong.

Her independent curatorial projects include Virtually There, a performance conceived by Roya Sachs and Mafalda Milllies at MANA Comtemporary with collaborating artists the Compana Brothers,  Kate Gillmore and Heather Row. She also writes monthly for Arte Fuse. Born and raised in the Netherlands, Verhallen started her career as a high-fashion model working for Vogue, Hermes, Marc Jacobs, exclusively for Givenchy and with leading photographers such Inez and Vinoodh, Roe Etheridge and Daniel Jackson. Currently, as an independent curator, she seeks to cultivate the intersection between technology, design, art and health.

POSTPONED: NOCAL | Minnesota Street Project Artist Studios Tour

Image: Ode to Yves, Narrative History of the Lightbulb, 2006. Courtesy of Catherine Wagner.

In light of the developments concerning COVID-19, we have decided to postpone this special event. All registrations will be held for this event and we hope to be in touch with a new date. Alternatively, your account will be credited for a future ArtTable event.

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Join ArtTable members for the exclusive opportunity to meet selected artists and tour their studios at the Minnesota Street Project arts complex in San Francisco.

Located across the street from a hub of contemporary art galleries is the 1240 building at MSP which houses private studios for artists ranging from emerging to prominent local talent. Members will have the chance to spend time with a handful of current studio artists and explore these artists’ work in depth.

Entrepreneurs and collectors Deborah and Andy Rappaport founded Minnesota Street Project in 2016, and since then it has firmly established itself as a key destination in the Bay Area’s art scene. The art center offers economically sustainable spaces for art galleries, artists, and related nonprofits. The Studio Program at MSP was created to address rapidly diminishing opportunities in San Francisco, by providing artists stability via affordable private studios situated within a campus environment.

Please note that the number of attendees for this program is limited, and registration is currently open to ArtTable members only.

Who’s attending this event? Click here to see who’s registered!

Thank you to Donna Napper, ArtTable Northern CA Co-Chair, Dorothy Davila, ArtTable Board Member, and Brion Nuda Rosch, MSP Studio Program Director.

POSTPONED: SOCAL | BookTable: The Mythic Heroines of the New York School

Image: Joan Mitchell, Helen Frankenthaler, and Grace Hartigan in 1957. Photograph by Burt Glinn.

In light of the developments concerning COVID-19, we have decided to postpone this special event. All registrations will be held for this event and we hope to be in touch with a new date. Alternatively, your account will be credited for a future ArtTable event.

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Join us for a discussion of Mary Gabriel’s acclaimed book, Ninth Street Women, in the art-filled home of ArtTable member Victoria Burns!

Join ArtTable for what promises to be an enlightening and stimulating evening in which we will analyze and discuss Mary Gabriel’s Ninth Street Women: Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell, and Helen Frankenthaler: Five Painters and the Movement That Changed Modern Art, published in 2018. While the story of Abstract Expressionism’s emergence in New York in the late 1940s and 1950s has been much told, the role played by women artists associated with the movement has rarely been the subject of review. Set amid the turbulent social and political period of the time, Ninth Street Women is the impassioned, wild, sometimes tragic, always exhilarating chronicle of five women who dared to enter the male-dominated world of twentieth-century abstract painting — not as muses but as artists. From their cold-water lofts, where they worked, drank, fought, and loved, these pioneers burst open the door to the art world for themselves and countless others to come. Or did they? What can we learn by looking back at their art, careers, and lives and from considering their impact both in their own time and today?

The evening will begin with a brief presentation on the book and the five artists it highlights by ArtTable SoCal Co-chair Roni Feinstein, who teaches a class on this subject at UCLA Extension. A group discussion will follow.

Victoria Burns will graciously host us that evening in her View Park home, which houses a collection heavy in photography, with works by Zhang Huan, Adam Fuss, Ori Gersht, Hank Willis Thomas, Dawoud Bey, and Richard Mosse, among others. Also represented in the collection are Pae White, Jesse Mockrin, Owen Kydd, Andrea Bowers, and a host of others.

Refreshments will be served.

Who’s attending this event? Click here to see who’s registered!

With thanks to Victorian Burns and Roni Feinstein.

 

POSTPONED: DC | Chapter Leadership Award Ceremony and High Tea Honoring Kim Sajet

Image: Grace Roselli, Pandora’s BoxX Project

In light of the developments concerning COVID-19, we have decided to postpone this special event. All registrations will be held for this event and we hope to be in touch with a new date. Alternatively, your account will be credited for a future ArtTable event.

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In recognition of her significant achievements as the first woman director of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, ArtTable DC honors Kim Sajet with the 2020 Chapter Leadership Award. Please join us in celebrating this occasion with high tea at the University Club of Washington. Dr. Johnetta Cole, our 2018 recipient will present the award to Ms. Sajet.
High tea includes light fare, dessert, tea and champagne.

As the first woman to serve as director of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, Kim Sajet (pronounced Say-et) has been exploring new ways to place personal experience and creativity at the center of learning and civic awareness. Not just a place to see famous Americans, the museum explores identity as a social construct that has been shaped in equal measure by opportunity and ability, prejudice and fear. By taking a cross-disciplinary approach that merges the traditional forms of painting, sculpture, drawing and printmaking with poetry, installation art, video and performance, Sajet aims to bring history alive.

Before her current appointment, Sajet was the president and CEO of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, the vice president and deputy director of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the director of corporate relations at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Before arriving in the United States with her family in 1997, she served first as curator and then as director of two Australian art museums from 1989 until 1995.

Born in Nigeria, raised in Australia and a citizen of the Netherlands, Sajet brings a global perspective to the position. She earned a master’s degree in art history from Bryn Mawr College, a master’s degree in business administration from Melbourne University Business School in Australia, a bachelor’s degree in art history from Melbourne University and a graduate diploma in Museum studies from Deakin University in Australia. She has completed arts leadership training at the Harvard Business School, the Getty Institute and National Arts Strategies. In addition to 20 years of arts management experience, Sajet has written a number of scholarly publications, curated exhibitions and spoken at academic symposia around the world. Her current interests include the June 2019 study of identity politics, role-playing in online virtual worlds and the significance of celebrity in American history. She is also the host of the Portrait Gallery’s new podcast series, “Portraits,” exploring themes of art, history and biography.

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Thank you to Ruth Abrahams, Caitlin Berry, Alexa Kaye and Maria Sancho-Arroyo for organizing this program.

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