POSTPONED: NY | Curatorial Walk-through of Agnes Pelton: Desert Transcendentalist

Image: Agnes Pelton. Ahmi in Egypt, 1931. Oil on canvas, 36 3/16 × 24 3/16 in. (91.9 × 61.4 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from the Modern Painting and Sculpture Committee 96.175

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.

Please see here for an epic graphic novel about Agnes Pelton’s life shared with Elisabeth Rouchau-Shalem, ArtTable NY Programs Chair.

Due to limited capacity, this program is currently open to ArtTable members only. 

Join ArtTable NY for a first look at Agnes Pelton: Desert Transcendentalist at the Whitney Museum with Gilbert Vicario, The Selig Family Chief Curator, Phoenix Art Museum. 

Agnes Pelton (1881–1961) was a visionary symbolist who depicted the spiritual reality she experienced in moments of meditative stillness. Art for her was a discipline through which she gave form to her vision of a higher consciousness within the universe. Using an abstract vocabulary of curvilinear, biomorphic forms and delicate, shimmering veils of light, she portrayed her awareness of a world that lay behind physical appearances—a world of benevolent, disembodied energies animating and protecting life.  For most of her career, Pelton chose to live away from the distractions of a major art center, first in Water Mill, Long Island, from 1921 to 1932, and subsequently in Cathedral City, a small community near Palm Springs, California. Her isolation from the mainstream art world meant that her paintings were relatively unknown during her lifetime and in the decades thereafter. This exhibition of approximately forty-five works introduces to the public a little-known artist whose luminous, abstract images of transcendence are only now being fully recognized.

Agnes Pelton: Desert Transcendentalist is organized by the Phoenix Art Museum, and curated by Gilbert Vicario, The Selig Family Chief Curator. The installation at the Whitney Museum is overseen by Barbara Haskell, curator, with Sarah Humphreville, senior curatorial assistant.

Thank you to Elisabeth Rochau-Shalem, NY Programs Chair, Gilbert Vicario and Sarah Humphreville.

PA | Helen Frankenthaler on Paper

Image: Helen Frankenthaler; Fiesta, 1973. Acrylic on paper. 22 1/4 x 30 1/4 inches (56.5 x 76.8 cm).

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The Arthur Ross Gallery invites ArtTable members for a reception and tour of Frankenthaler on Paper with the exhibition’s curator, Lynn Marsden-Atlass.

This exhibition presents ten unique paintings on paper and fourteen prints by Helen Frankenthaler that date from the 1970s to the 1990s. These rarely seen paintings on paper reflect her painterly process and were considered by the artist equal to her large-scale paintings. Renowned for her soak-stain abstract paintings, Helen Frankenthaler played a seminal role in both Abstract Expressionism and Color Field painting. With a career spanning six decades, she is considered one of the most important American artists of the twentieth century.

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Thank you to Heather Moqtaderi and Lyn Marsden-Atlass.

NATIONAL | The Armory Show Brunch

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Join ArtTable and Nicole Berry, Executive Director, The Armory Show for our annual brunch at the Armory show! This is a great event to meet members and friends from across the country while enjoying delicious breakfast refreshments in the Armory VIP lounge. 

Tickets to this event cover access to the show, early private access to the VIP lounge, and breakfast!

The Armory Show is New York City’s premier art fair and a leading cultural destination for discovering and collecting the world’s most important 20th- and 21st-century art. The Armory Show features presentations by leading international galleries, innovative artist commissions, and dynamic public programs. Since its founding in 1994, The Armory Show has served as a nexus for the art world, inspiring dialogue, discovery, and patronage in the visual arts.

The Armory Show was founded by four New York gallerists – Colin de Land, Pat Hearn, Matthew Marks and Paul Morris – who sought a platform to present and promote new voices in the visual arts. In its 25 years, The Armory Show has stayed firm to its mission while establishing itself as an unmissable art event set in the heart of New York City.

DC | Invisible Women: The Rediscovery of Historical Women Artists in Florence

Image: Violante Beatrice Cerroti, Autoritratto (Self-Portrait), 1735, detail, oil on canvas, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy

This event is now at capacity. Stay tuned for information on upcoming special opportunities for ArtTable members!

The Italian Cultural Institute invites ArtTable members to celebrate International Women’s Day, with a conversation on Invisible Women: The Rediscovery of Historical Women Artists in Florence. Spots for this event are limited and reserved for ArtTable members only.

Florence is home to great masters of Italian Renaissance art such as Botticelli, Donatello, Leonardo and Michelangelo but few people know that the city nourished women artists as well. Through the joint efforts of Italian museums such as the Uffizi and the US organization Advancing Women Artists, these often-forgotten women are now being rediscovered and their works restored and exhibited once more.

Join us and conservator Elizabeth Wicks for a talk focusing on Plautilla Nelli, Artemisa Gentileschi, Violante Siries Cerroti and Violante Ferroni, and the fascinating journey of their rediscovery and conservation.

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Thank you to the IIC, Istituto Italiano di Cultura.


SOCAL | South La Brea Gallery Shows: Raul Guerrero, Hank Willis Thomas, Lauren Halsey, Huma Bhabha

Image: Installation view of Lauren Halsey, David Kordansky Gallery, 2020

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Please join ArtTable’s SoCal Chapter for artist and director-led walkthroughs of current exhibitions Kayne Griffin Corcoran and David Kordansky galleries featuring an intergenerational array of leading artists representative of the current American artistic landscape.

Beginning at Kayne Griffin Corcoran, artist Raul Guerrero will guide us through Sonoran Desert: Flora, Fauna, Artifacts, his inaugural show with the gallery featuring recent paintings informed by his personal relationship to the Sonoran Desert. Interweaving autobiography and ethnography, Guerrero revisits issues of identity and culture, which have been central to his practice for upward of four decades.

KGC director Jamie Manné will present the work of Hank Willis Thomas on display in An All Colored Cast, the artist’s first solo show with the gallery. Drawing on sources as diverse as popular culture, postwar aesthetics, and the film industry, Thomas examines the loaded language associated with color theory and calibration charts to shed light on questions of gender, race and identity.

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The program will continue across South La Brea at David Kordansky, with solo exhibitions of recent work by Angeleno artist Lauren Halsey and New York-based Pakistani sculptor Huma Bhabha.

Revisiting the visual urban fabric of South Central L.A. of her youth, Halsey packs her first show at the gallery with a colorful cacophonous maze of sculptural painting installations that engage with her ongoing concerns related to monuments, memorials, and public space in the face of gentrification and the displacement of local communities.

Characteristic of Bhabha’s range of visual and material vocabularies, her recent sculptures and drawings on view incorporate multiple processes and traditions, blending archaic and contemporary sources to create humanoid figures that address universal existential themes.
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Thank you to Geneen Estrada, ArtTable SoCal Communications Chair and Jamie Manné, Director Kayne Griffin Corcoran.

NY | MeetAT at RYAN LEE Gallery for ‘Sandy Skolgund: Winter’

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This program is free and open to members, prospective members, and guests. Advance registration required. 

ArtTable’s MeetAT networking program continues in February! This month we are hosted by the RYAN LEE Gallery whose fantastic exhibition, Sandy Skolgund: Winter, is currently on view.

ArtTable MeetATs are a free member-hosted event for existing and potential ArtTable members from all sectors of the art world to mingle and engage with each other in a casual atmosphere. Come solo or bring a guest to this lively gathering that encourages new friends and trusted colleagues to get to know one another better. Without a formal program, everyone is free to network and engage in conversation.

Winter, an exhibition of new work by the conceptual photographer Sandy Skoglund. Winter—ten years in the making—is a multifaceted project that includes sculpture, installation, and photography. Portions of Skoglund’s immersive tableau will be on view in the gallery, along with its final photographic iteration.

Also on view in Ryan Lee’s sister gallery, Mary Ryan Gallery, will be a celebratory exhibition of prints by women artists spanning nearly 125 years: Revolutionary by Nature: Master Prints by Women Artists, 1898 – 2020. The exhibition marks the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the United States.


Thank you to ArtTable member Whitney Godfrey Hardin, Director, RYAN LEE Gallery and creator of MeetAT programs, Louky Keijsers-Koning, Director/Owner, LMAK Gallery, for organizing and supporting this program

DC | MeetAT Happy Hour

Image: Ben’s Next Door

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Come MeetAT!

This is a networking event for art professionals looking to share ideas, contacts, information, resources, provide introductions and make new connections with tons of influencers and like-minded people residing in, or visiting the Washington, DC area.

Members, friends, non-members- all welcome!

Ben’s Next Door is known for its upscale Southern Cuisine, including their signature Chicken & Waffle, Shrimp, and White Cheese Grits, Crispy Skin Salmon, and Jumbo Lump Crab Cake.

Getting there: Shaw-Howard University Metro; Street Parking

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Thank you to La’Tasha Banks.

National | Los Angeles 40th Anniversary New Leadership Award Celebration

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Join ArtTable poolside, at the Standard Hotel in Los Angeles, as we celebrate our 40th Anniversary and toast the achievements of our 2020 New Leadership Award recipients:

Wassan Al-Khudhairi (Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, MO)

Erin Christovale (Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA)

Lauren Haynes (Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR)

Jami Powell (The Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, NH)

In recognition of ArtTable’s 40th Anniversary in 2020, we are presenting four New Leadership Awards, representing the four decades of ArtTable’s influence in the visual arts community. The New Leadership Award was first introduced as part of ArtTable’s 25th anniversary celebration in 2005. It recognizes women whose early career accomplishments and distinguished service merit national and international recognition in the professional visual arts community.

Learn more about the accomplishments of our 2020 honorees here.


Thank you to First Republic Bank for their support.


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DC | Spanish Ambassador Residence in Washington D.C.

Image: Spanish Ambassador Residence

This program is at capacity. Please email to be added to the waitlist. 

Join ArtTable DC for a visit to the art collection at the Spanish Ambassador Residence followed by a seated lunch hosted by the Spanish Ambassador’s wife, Mrs. Sol Oyarzum de Cabanas.

Until the late 1990s, the residence of the Spanish Ambassador was the magnificent Beaux-Arts mansion located in the 16th street and designed by renowned American architect George Oakley Totte. When built, in 1922, it was part of a project conceived to develop the surrounding area as the center of social and diplomatic life in Washington, DC.  The building is today the Cultural Center of the Spanish Embassy.

In 1996, the government of Spain commissioned Rafael Moneo, Spain’s most celebrated architect and winner of the 1996 Pritzker Architecture Prize (the profession’s equivalent of the Nobel Prize) to build a new residence in Foxhall road.

The addition of the Moneo building makes this stretch of Foxhall an architectural oddity, in a distinguished sort of way, for directly across the street is the Kreeger Museum, designed by Philip Johnson in 1963. Johnson was the first Pritzker laureate, back in 1979.

The embassy reflects some of Spain’s more characteristic architectural traits in the use of bricks for the external walls and in the colorful Andalusian tiles that decorate the greenhouse-like patio extension that sits on the house’s southern façade.

Inside, numerous paintings and works of art represent the best of the Spanish artistic tradition, from Royal portraits to Flemish tapestries as well as some paintings by today’s most recognized Spanish Contemporary artists.

This program is for ArtTable members only.

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Thank you to Mrs Sol Oyarzum de Cabanas and his excellency the Spanish Ambassador.

NORTHWEST | An Evening With the Founders of Wa Na Wari

Image: The Founders of Wa Na Wari. Photo by Susan Fried.

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The Northwest Chapter of ArtTable invites you to join us for an evening of conversation and art with the founders of Wa Na Wari. Wa Na Wari is a center for Black art and culture in Seattle’s historically redlined Central District neighborhood, sited in a 5th-generation Black-owned home.

Co-Founder Inye Wokoma is the 2019 recipient of the 2019 Neddy at Cornish Grand Prize. Current Artists include Amir George, Abroad and Abound, Shurvon Hayes, In The Presence of Black Art: Healthy and Happy Mandala, Ronald Hall, Selected Works, and Jaleesa Johnson, Being/Conjured. Appetizers, wine, and non-alcoholic drinks will be provided.

“​Two of us, Inye Wokoma and Elisheba Johnson, are Black artists directly impacted by Seattle’s displacement and affordability crisis. Inye Wokoma’s grandmother is 93 years old and living with Alzheimers. As the guardian of her estate she has been fighting on her behalf to maintain ownership of the homes she and her husband worked their entire lives for. Elisheba Johnson, born and raised in Seattle, has a job with the City of Seattle and still cannot afford to live in the city. Their stories are reflective of what the housing crisis looks like for Black artists in Seattle. ​Two of us, Jill Freidberg and Rachel Kessler, are white artists using art and stories to challenge white supremacy, especially as it is expressed through gentrification and displacement.”

Thank you to Elisheba Johnson.

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