Chicago | Photography and the Black Arts Movement in Chicago

Image: Billy Abernathy, Mother’s Day, 1962. Gelatin silver print. The Art Institute of Chicago, gift of the Illinois Arts Council, 110.1976.

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Michal Raz-Russo Associate Curator of Photography, Art Institute of Chicago, will give a behind-the-scenes look at selections from the Art Institute’s collection that represent photography’s important role within the Black Arts Movement in Chicago.

In the mid-1960s, as the Black Arts Movement was gaining momentum in Chicago, an informal network of street photographers and independent photojournalists formed in the city’s South and West Sides. Included among them are works by Darryl Cowherd, Bob Crawford, Roy Lewis, and Robert A. Sengstacke produced in connection with Wall of Respect (1967–71), a revolutionary outdoor mural; and projects such as Mikki Ferrill’s decade-long documentation of an improvised South Side club, The Garage (1970/80). Through intimate images of their communities in the city’s South and West Sides, these artists explored ideas about black identity, aesthetics, and visibility that have far-reaching influence and implications.

Michal Raz-Russo is the David C. and Sarajean Ruttenberg Associate Curator of Photography at the Art Institute of Chicago. Among her exhibitions at the Art Institute are Never a Lovely So Real: Photography and Film in Chicago, 1950–1980 (2018); Invisible Man: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison in Harlem (2016); Sharp, Clear Pictures: Edward Steichen’s World War I and Condé Nast Years (2014); Dayanita Singh (2014); and The Three Graces (2011). She is also the curator of the biennial Ruttenberg Contemporary Photography Series, which has presented solo exhibitions of new work by artists such as Sara Deraedt (2019), Leigh Ledare (The Plot, 2017), and Deana Lawson (2015).

ArtTable Chicago’s executive committee will be meeting for drinks and lite bites at the Gage restaurant following the program, please join us if you’re able!

The Gage Restaurant
24 S. Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60603

from 7 – 8:30 p.m.


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NY | Private Viewing of “Pan y Circo: Appease, Distract, Disrupt” at Another Space

Image: Héctor García, Fellinesca, Cd. de Mexico, 1955. Gelatin silver print. Estrellita B. Brodsky Collection

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Join ArtTable for a viewing of Pan y Circo: Appease, Distract, Disrupt at Another Space.

Featuring Kathryn Andrews, Diane Arbus, Maria Fernanda Cardoso and Ross Rudesch Harley, Maurizio Cattelan, Gabriel Chaile, Felipe Jesus Consalvos, Pablo Curatella Manes, Bruce Davidson, Paz Errázuriz, Héctor Fuenmayor, Hector García, Anna Bella Geiger, Victor Grippo, Bob Gruen, Philippe Halsman, Addie Herder, Anna Maria Maiolino, Mary Ellen Mark, Leo Matiz, Hermanos Mayo, Miralda, Bruce Nauman, Laure Prouvost, Rubén Ortíz Torres, Rosângela Rennó, Miguel Rio Branco, Andres Serrano, Cindy Sherman, Javier Téllez

ANOTHER SPACE is pleased to announce the exhibition Pan y Circo: Appease, Distract, Disrupt, taking its title from the popular Spanish expression used to describe populist governments’ use of giveaways and entertainment to distract the public’s attention. Originally attributed to the Roman poet Juvenal, ‘Panem et circenses,’ referred to Ancient Rome’s use of free wheat and costly circus games to appease the populace as the Empire collapsed. Curated by Estrellita Brodsky in collaboration with ANOTHER SPACE, the show will examine the work of international artists from the late 19th century to the present and their fascination with the world of circus performers and other forms of spectacle, most often as a tool for political and social critique. Other artists in the exhibition focus on food and hunger as a reflection of facile and failed economic policies. Scheduled to open on Thursday, September 12, the exhibition will remain on view through January 2020.

From Diane Arbus, Bruce Davidson, Héctor García and Paz Errázuriz’ poignant portraits of life on the road in the 1950s-80s to Andres Serrano, Cindy Sherman or Bruce Nauman’s images of unnerving clowns, the circus is often just a lens to reflect on social anxieties and poverty of those attending as well as those participating. Anna Maria Maiolino, Victor Grippo, Miralda, Laure Prouvost and Anna Bella Geiger reflect on food and hunger as powerful symbols of hope and despair. In many ways, the objects seem to de-stabilize power structures and embody the most absurd yet the most poetic of mixed emotions, simultaneously conflicting reactions of attraction and repulsion towards frightening and mundane absurdity.

A human cannonball flying over the US-Mexico border in Javier Téllez’s notorious 2005 video One flew over the void (Bala Perdida), offers a prescient take on the current administration’s use of the southern wall as a political circus. Coinciding with one of the most spectacular presidential campaigns in U.S. history, the exhibition ultimately aims to reflect on the increasing role of spectacle and entertainment as economic motivators and an integral part of the U.S. political arena.

Thank you to Estrellita Brodsky and Julia Herzberg.

SOCAL | Photo L.A. with Shana Nys Dambrot

Image: Anja Niemi, The Fictional Roadtrip, 2018. Courtesy Galerie XII, Los Angeles.

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Join us for a Sunday afternoon walkthrough of Photo L.A. with Shana Nys Dambrot!

You may have already activated your VIP passes for this year’s Photo L.A. (if not, see link below), but to truly experience the fair, join us for a walkthrough with ArtTable member, art critic, curator, author, and LA Weekly Arts Editor Shana Nys Dambrot.

Photo L.A. brings the best of the photography world to the Barker Hanger with a collaborative platform that links dealers and collectors with artists and galleries from around the globe. The longest-running international photographic art fair on the West Coast, Photo L.A. 2020 will host a roster of 65-75 local and international galleries and dealers, collectives, leading not-for-profits, art schools, and global booksellers. With erudition, penetrating insight, and wit, Dambrot will highlight trends and the fair’s most notable works.

ArtTable Members are invited to the 28th edition of Photo LA!

A collaborative platform that links the international photography community; World-class artists/photographers, galleries, dealers, & publishers.

January 30th – February 2nd, 2020
The Historic Barker Hangar–Santa Monica, CA

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NY | The Aesthetics of Femininity through the Ages at The Winter Show

Image: Max Colby. Cadmium Wilt. Crystal and plastic beads, sequins, found fabric, trim, fabric flowers, polyester batting, thread. 12 x 12 x 16”. 2018.

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ArtTable, in collaboration with the Winter Show, invites guests to investigate the aesthetics of femininity throughout the ages in antiques, fine and decorative arts. Touching on examples included in this year’s show, we’ll be engaging dealers, scholars, writers and experts in a lively panel to explore expressions and appearances of femininity. How has the feminine been employed by makers and designers of the past? We’ll be breaking down cliches and contemplating how feminine aesthetics reflect periodical trends and power structures. This conversation will be moderated by Elissa Auther, Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs and the William and Mildred Lasdon Chief Curator at the Museum of Arts and Design.

Elissa Auther is the Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs and William and Mildred Lasdon Chief Curator at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD). Previously, she was the Windgate Research Curator at MAD and Visiting Associate Professor at the Bard Graduate Center, where her teaching focused on the intersection of craft and contemporary art. She has published widely on a diverse set of topics, including the history of modernism and its relationship to craft and the decorative, the material culture of the American counterculture, and feminist art. Her monograph, String, Felt, Thread: The Hierarchy of Art and Craft in American Art (University of Minnesota Press), focuses on the broad utilization of fiber in art of the 1960s and 1970s and the changing hierarchical relationship between art and craft expressed by the medium’s new visibility. Auther is also an accomplished curator. Her exhibitions include West of Center: Art and the Counterculture Experiment in America, 1965–1977, Pretty/Dirty, the retrospective exhibition of the painter and photographer Marilyn Minter, and Improvisational Gestures, a survey exhibition of the sculptor and performance artist Senga Nengudi. Her most recent exhibitions for the Museum of Arts and Design include Surface/Depth: The Decorative After Miriam Schapiro and Vera Paints a Scarf: The Art and Design of Vera Neumann. A feminist public intellectual, Auther founded and co-directed for ten years the program “Feminism & Co.: Art, Sex, Politics,” which focused on issues of women and gender through the lens of creative practice.


Max Colby, artist

Through lush, detailed work in embroidery and textiles, Max Colby reframes traditional notions of domesticity, power, and gender through a queer and non-binary lens. Colby has exhibited internationally including Jane Lombard Gallery, Wave Hill, and Museum Rijswijk. Colby’s work has been featured in the Huffington Post, NBC Out, Gay City News, and The Evergreen Review, among others. They were recently an artist in residence at the Museum of Arts and Design in Manhattan, The Wassaic Project, MASS MoCA and a Leslie-Lohman Museum Queer Artists’ Fellow. Born in West Palm Beach, Colby received their BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Tufts University. They live and work in Brooklyn. 

Elizabeth Feld, Managing Director; Director, Furniture & Decorative Arts, Director, American Decorative Arts, Hirschl & Adler

Elizabeth has just celebrated her 20th anniversary at Hirschl & Adler Galleries, where she serves as Managing Director as well as Director of American Furniture and Decorative Arts. Since 1999, she has curated six furniture and decorative arts exhibitions for the gallery, all with extensive accompanying catalogues, as well as five exhibitions of the work of contemporary artist MacArthur grant recipient Elizabeth Turk, one of the gallery’s represented living artists.

Elizabeth served as the Chairman of the Winter Antiques Show Dealers’ Committee for six years and is a regular lecturer on the subjects of furniture, decorative arts, and the art market in general.

Gabriella Picone, Director of Communications, R&Company, and founder of Idda Studio

Gabriella Picone is a New York-based artist working in painting, textiles, and ceramics. She is currently the Director of Communications at R & Company, the renowned design gallery based in New York City. She plays an integral role in the conception and promotion of numerous exhibitions, international fairs, and projects for the contemporary and historical artists represented by the gallery, all bridging fine art and collectable design. Prior to her current role, she worked at leading New York creative agency Black Frame developing branding and marketing strategies for a range of art, design and fashion clients including Lindsey Adelman, MoMA PS1, Jean Nouvel, David Kordansky Gallery, Nike, and RxArt. She has also worked with Frieze Art Fair and was part of the inaugural team to launch the first Frieze Art Fair in New York. She continually maintains her own studio practice as a painter and is the founder of idda studio, an emerging design studio that specializes in fabric artworks for women that are both wearable and sculptural. 

SOCAL | A Saturday in Pomona: Ceramics, Networking Lunch, and Artist Todd Gray!

Image:  Todd Gray leading a tour of Todd Gray: Euclidean Gris Gris, September 2019.

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Join ArtTable for an extraordinary day in Pomona with visits to the American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA), the Pomona College Museum of Art, and the Williamson Gallery at Scripps College.

At AMOCA, Executive Director Beth Ann Gerstein will lead us on a tour of Julie Green: Flown Blue. Bringing together over 800 plates, platters, and dishware, the exhibition explores the artist’s longstanding engagement with secondhand porcelain and stoneware dishes, drawing from both the large-scale political works for which Green is acclaimed and more recent works interrogating societal gender biases and personal histories.

Following a self-pay group lunch at a restaurant nearby, acclaimed photographer, performance artist, and sculptor Todd Gray will conduct a walkthrough of TODD GRAY: Euclidean Gris Gris at the Pomona College Museum of Art. The exhibition consists of a site-specific wall drawing and an evolving selection of photographs from Gray’s ongoing artistic examination of the legacies of colonialism in Africa and Europe. Los Angeles-based Gray, whose work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions internationally including the Whitney Biennial 2019, is currently serving as artist-in-residence at the college.

At the Williamson Gallery, we will be treated to a preview of the 76th Scripps College Ceramic Annual: Duality and Context. The exhibition features work by eleven artists whose ceramics engage with and offer a variety of perspectives on the environment.

The schedule for the day will be as follows:

10:30 AM Meet at AMOCA for a tour of the Julie Green and other exhibitions on view with Beth Ann Gerstein.

12:00 PM Group self-pay lunch at a nearby restaurant.

1:30 PM Visit to Pomona College Museum of Art and exhibition walkthrough with Todd Gray.

3:00 PM Preview 76th Scripps College Ceramic Annual at the Williamson Gallery, Scripps College. For those who can stay, the Ceramic Annual Lecture with Garth Johnson, Curator of Ceramics at the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York, will be held at the Humanities Auditorium at Scripps at 4:00, followed by the opening, with live music and light refreshments, at the gallery, from 7:00 to 9:00.

Please note that yet another James Turrell Skyspace–Diving the Light, 2007–is less than a ten-minute walk away from both the Pomona Museum Art and the Williamson Gallery. We will make a stop when time permits!

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Thank you to with thanks to Alexandra Ehrlich and Roni Feinstein

NOCAL | ArtTable + Untitled: Re-Imagining Equity in the Art World 2020

Image: Surrogate: Mother to Myself, 2017 Indira Allegra. Redwood, 600 feet of cotton lead line rope, brass, steel. 65 x 54 x 18 IN | 165 x 137 x 4.5 CM


For ArtTable’s third panel discussion at Untitled’s San Francisco edition and to celebrate ArtTable’s 40th year advocating for women working in the visual arts, three noted San Francisco artists working in diverse media will discuss their art practices, concerns and challenges, and where the equity movement might lead in coming years. 

Featuring artists Indira Allegra, Katherine Vetne and Erica Deeman, will joined by Heidi Rabben, Senior Curator at the Contemporary Jewish Museum. The conversation will be moderated by James Voorhies, Chair, Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice, California College of the Arts, with an audience Q&A to follow. 

Are you an ArtTable member? Email to receive a discounted passcode for this event and Untitled’s program.

Thank you to Tracy Freedman, Executive Committee, ArtTable Northern California. 


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SOCAL | Exclusive Preview Walkthrough: Hearing: Michal Heiman at American Jewish University

Image: Michal Heiman, Mask: Plate 34, by Dr. Hugh W. Diamond, ca. 1855, Return: Asylum (The Dress, 1855-2019), 2016. Courtesy of the artist.

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Following our studio visit with the artist at 18th Street Center for the Arts, we invite you to join us for a special preview walkthrough with curator and fellow SoCal ArtTable member Rotem Rozental of Hearing: Michal Heiman, her first West Coast one-woman show. One of the foremost artists working in Israel today, Heiman’s cross-disciplinary practice incorporates photography, archival research, critical theory, psychoanalysis, gender and performance. In this exhibition, the artist explores the forgotten histories of women who have been confined to asylums, inviting the audience to engage with their untold stories.

ArtTable members and their guests are invited to attend the opening reception after the walkthrough at 3:00 pm.

Born and based in Tel Aviv, Michal Heiman is an artist, curator, founder of the Photographer Unknown archive (1984), and creator of the Michal Heiman Tests (M.H.Ts) 1–4. Heiman teaches at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design and is a member of the Tel Aviv Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis. For over three decades, Heiman has been developing methodologies that operate between art, therapy, photography, human rights, theory, and practice. She studies neglected histories and their visual aspects, focusing on the history of women, questions of identity, the history of aesthetic production in psychoanalysis, and the role of archives. In 2015, she founded the public-benefit corporation An Academy of Her Own, which advocates gender equality in various academic institutions. For more on Michal Heiman:

Rotem Rozental is the Chief Curator of the American Jewish University in Los Angeles and serves as the Assistant Dean of the Whizin Center and the Director of the Institute for Jewish Creativity (IJC). She has contributed as a consultant, editor, writer, educator and organizer to international publications, such as Photographies, Philosophy of Photography,,, and Uncertain State, as well as cultural non-profits and organizations, among them Dia:Beacon, The Liverpool Biennial, The Brooklyn Institute for Social Research, and the Jerusalem Season of Culture. Traversing the domains of technology, media and art, her scholarly and curatorial projects have been supported by Artis, Independent Curators International, NurtureArt and the Center for Jewish History (NYC).

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FL | Five Minute Rounds

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ArtTable Florida is thrilled to invite to 5-minute rounds. Seven of our outstanding members will be talking about their career in the arts: 

Nuria Richards I Clandestina I @clandestina.washere

Sil Dibar I Art History Lecturer ♾ Founder of A Journey Through Art I

Jean Blackwell Font | Co-founder Warehouse 4726 | @warehouse4726

Carola Bravo | @carolabravoart I hARTvest Project at Pinecrest Gardens

Aldeide Delgado | Art Researcher & Curator | @aldeide_delgado

Amy Galpin | Chief Curator. Frost Art Museum FIU | @agalpin1

Kimberly Jones | Vice President | FORTRESS Miami

Members, guests, and friends welcome!

Thank you to Rochi Llaneza, Florida Chair, and Nuria Richards, Florida Programs Chair, for organizing this program.

SOCAL | 18th Street Studio Visits with Michal Heiman and Lita Albuquerque

Image: Lita Albuquerque. Photo courtesy of the artist and 18th Street Arts Center.

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Please join ArtTable SoCal for an exclusive evening with artists Michal Heiman and Lita Albuquerque at 18th Street Art Center.

Acclaimed Israeli artist Michal Heiman will be in residence at 18th Street in January in preparation for her exhibition Hearing opening at Platt and Bornstein Galleries at the American Jewish University on January 12, 2020 (a special preview for ArtTable is scheduled prior to the opening).  Renowned installation artist and professor in the graduate studies department at Arts Center School of Art in Pasadena, Lita Albuquerque is currently, is currently one of 18th Street’s local artists in residence. Both artists will open their studios to us for a presentation of their work followed by conversation and light refreshments.

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Image: Michal Heiman. Photo courtesy of the artist and 18th Street Arts Center.

Michal Heiman

Founded as a non-profit in 1988, 18th Street Arts Center has a long history as a space for artists. It originally served as studio space for a group of feminist artists in the 1970s – 80s, including Susanna Bixby Dakin (who ran for President in 1984), Judy Chicago, Barbara T. Smith, Linda Frye Burnham, and others. It became a hub for the West Coast arm of ACT-UP, an activist grassroots organization addressing the AIDS crisis, and was home to three of the NEA Four (Tim Miller, John Fleck, and Holly Hughes). It also grew out of early performance art and was the site of publication for High Performance Magazine, and later, Highways Performance Space (still located on the 18th Street Arts Center campus). Once 18th Street incorporated as a non-profit, it became an artist residency program with a wide range of public programs and exhibitions.

Ample street parking available. 

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Thank you to Susan Power, Co-Chair SoCal and Frida Cano, Assistant Curator/Artist Residency Coordinator, 18th Street

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