Virtual | Self-Mythology and the Unreliable Narrator in the Life & Times of Sam Francis

11am PT/ 12pm MT / 1pm CT / 2pm ET

Please join Gabrielle Selz, Jeremy Stone, and Debra Burchett-Lere as they probe the self-mythologizing narratives of artists and personalities of the 20th Century. This talk will focus on discoveries Selz made in her new book, Light on Fire, the first comprehensive biography of Sam Francis.

Light on Fire traces the extraordinary and ultimately tragic journey of a complex and charismatic artist who first learned to paint while encased for three years in a full-body plaster cast. Francis portrayed himself as a pilot who heroically crashed his plane in the Arizona desert; a story Selz reveals is a fabrication that was repeated by all the male historians who wrote about his illustrious career. For indeed, Francis’s color-saturated paintings went on to fetch the highest prices of any living artist. His restless desire resulted in five marriages and homes on three continents. His entrepreneurial spirit led to the founding of MoCA, Lapis Press, a reforestation program, and several nonprofits. Light on Fire captures the art, life, personality, and talent of a man who sought to resolve in art, the contradictions he couldn’t resolve in life.

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  • All other ArtTable Members – $5
  • Non-Members – $7

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About the Speakers

Debra Burchett-Lere brings a range of professional international art-world experiences as an author, curator, and executive director of the artist-endowed Sam Francis Foundation, California. Her background includes key positions at the fine-art limited editions print studio Gemini G.E.L. and the Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art (LAICA). For over twenty-five years, Debra has collaborated on museum exhibitions including projects with the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles; the Milwaukee Art Museum; Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Charlotte, NC; the Jeu de Paume, Paris; Kunsthalle- der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn; Fundacio Caja de Madrid; and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).

In addition, Burchett-Lere has authored books and catalogues including publications by the Getty Museum Conservation Institute, Los Angeles and the University of California, Berkeley (UC Press). She has worked as a grant writer for university art programs, an art consultant, and accredited appraiser with the Appraisers Association of America, NYC. Her recent volunteer board services include positions for ArtTable, NYC and the Brand Associates of the Brand Library and Arts Center, Glendale, CA.

 

ArtTable member Gabrielle Selz is the award-winning author of Unstill Life: Art and Love in the Age of Abstraction (W.W. Norton 2014) and Light on Fire: The Art and Life of Sam Francis (UC Press, 2021), the first comprehensive biography of one of the most important American abstract artists of the 20th century. Her essays and art reviews have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Hyperallergic, Square Cylinder, Art & Object, Art Papers, The Rumpus, and The Huffington Post, among others. She makes her home in Oakland, CA. For more information, visit: https://gabrielleselz.com.

 

Jeremy Stone, also an ArtTable member, is a former gallerist, art advisor/appraiser, and collector who has advised many important private collectors, museums, and institutions. Her expert witness work over the past 25 years has included legal cases across the United States and the government of Canada. She has served on the board and held office on multiple levels with ArtTable, the American Society of Appraisers, and the San Francisco Art Dealers Association.

Jeremy specializes in Post-War, modern, and contemporary art. Her collection includes Hank Murta Adams, Robert Arneson, Elmer Bischoff, Squeak Carnwath, John Chamberlain, Willem de Kooning, Nancy Drosd, Sam Francis, Mike Henderson, Mildred Howard, David Huffman, Kazuko Inoue, Franz Kline, John Graham, Rick Hickam, David Huffman, Gaston Lachaise, Joanne Leonard, Robert Mapplethorpe, Grace Munakata, Edith Schloss, Richard Sheehan, Katherine Sherwood, Lorna Simpson, Louise M. Stanley, Pia Stern, Masami Teraoka, Wayne Thiebaud, Ai Wei Wei, and John Zurier, among many others.

 

Thank you to Gabrielle Selz, Jeremy Stone, and ArtTable’s Northern California Chapter Leaders for organizing this program.


Images:

  1. Light On Fire: The Art and Life of Sam Francis by Gabrielle Selz

Virtual | Annual Leadership Series – The Precarious Position of Women in Leadership

1pm PT / 2pm MT / 3pm CT / 4pm ET

Women-identifying leaders in the arts are stepping down or being fired in larger proportions to their male counterparts. The issue was further exacerbated in the year 2020 when women, either by choice or circumstance, continued to leave the workforce in greater numbers than men. However, as the world began to reopen, more and more women came into leadership positions at large-scale arts organizations and institutions. In 2020, CultureType listed 54 Arts Leaders Who Took on New Appointments in 2020, 43 of whom are women. This past year, of approximately 75 new appointments to various leadership positions in the art world, 62 of them have been women, as noted by CultureType and ARTnews.

Despite the growing visibility of women in the art world, issues still plague the industry, such as the ongoing gender pay gap (as of now, women continue to earn approximately 73 cents for every dollar that men earn; the number is even lower for women of color, ranging from 55 to 62 cents for Latina, Native American, and Black women.), disparities in gender representation depending on operating budget (the majority of museums with budgets less than $15 million are run by a female rather than a male director; the reverse is true for museums with budgets of over $15 million, where female representation decreases as budget size increases), and the glass cliff phenomenon (the idea of women being placed in leadership positions during periods of crisis or downturn, when the chance of failure is highest, but under the pretense of providing an exciting professional opportunity). 

For this year’s Annual Leadership Series, we want to acknowledge and celebrate the incredible strides that women have made as leaders in the art world, but we also want to look to the future and ask ourselves, what still needs to be done, and how can we ensure women always have a seat at the table?

Please join us for what is sure to be an enlightening and thought-provoking discussion with women-identifying leaders in the art world with various perspectives on the issues. We will address questions including:

  1. What do these phenomena mean for women in the workforce, and particularly in the art world, both women leaving the workforce in greater numbers and the incredible amount of women being promoted to leadership positions?
  2. How do we advocate for women leaders from racially, ethnically, and socio-economically diverse backgrounds and reach greater gender parity in leadership roles? 
  3. The glass cliff is the phenomenon of women in leadership roles, such as executives in the corporate world and female political election candidates, being likelier than men to achieve leadership roles during periods of crisis or downturn, when the chance of failure is highest. Is this a phenomenon that we may have recently witnessed, with all of the significant appointments of woman-identifying leaders in the art world? Or are we finally, truly on the path to equality? Do women continue to be more vulnerable to career displacement than men? 
  4. What lessons have we learned, and how can we ensure lasting change?

The panel will be moderated by Stephanie A. Stebich, Director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC. Additional speakers include:

  • Min Jung Kim, Director, Saint Louis Museum of Art, St. Louis, MO
  • Dorothy Kosinski, Vradenburg Director and CEO of The Phillips Collection, Washington DC
  • Mia Locks, Independent Curator and Culture Worker, Los Angeles, CA
  • Danyelle Means, Executive Director, Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, NM
  • Brittany Webb, Evelyn and Will Kaplan Curator of 20th-Century Art & the John Rhoden Collection, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Philadelphia, PA

Please join us after the discussion for 10-15 minutes of virtual networking in Zoom Breakout Rooms. ArtTable programs are a time for members and non-members to connect with old friends and meet new people, both in-person and virtually. We hope you will stick around afterwards to discuss important themes from the conversation and talk about new ideas and insights.

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  • Non-Members – $25

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About the Speakers

Headshot of Stephanie A. StebichStephanie A. Stebich (pronounced STEE-BISH) is responsible for the nation’s premier collection of American art and major exhibition, research, publication, education and digital-media programs at the museum and its Renwick Gallery. She was named director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in January 2017. Stebich also serves as co-chair of the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative.

Before coming to Washington, D.C., Stebich had been executive director of the Tacoma Art Museum since 2005. Under her leadership, the museum underwent a major renovation that doubled its exhibition space; launched a capital campaign with a goal of $17 million and raised more than $37 million; and added endowed curator, educator and fellow positions. She oversaw the development and implementation of the museum’s strategic plan, as well as a 10-year collecting strategy. At Tacoma, Stebich championed the presentation of many groundbreaking exhibitions and secured major collection gifts, including the Haub Family Collection of Western American Art, and the Rebecca and Jack Benaroya Collection of American studio glass.

Stebich was assistant director of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts from 2001 to 2004 and assistant director at the Cleveland Museum of Art from 1995 to 2001. She was previously a trustee of the Association of Art Museum Directors and the American Alliance of Museums.

Stebich earned a bachelor’s degree in art history from Columbia University and a master’s degree with a concentration in modern art from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University. She has a certificate in nonprofit management from Case Western Reserve University and is a graduate of the Getty Leadership Institute in Los Angeles. She was a fellow at the Guggenheim Museum and has studied at the University College London. She is fluent in German.

Headshot of Min Jung KimMin Jung Kim was named the Barbara B. Taylor Director of the Saint Louis Art Museum in 2021. She brings to St. Louis extensive experience in museum leadership roles. As the director and chief executive officer of the New Britain Museum of American Art, she enhanced the museum’s profile through exhibitions and collection development designed to expand the definition of American Art and reflect greater diversity while strengthening community engagement and collaborative partnerships. As deputy director of the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, she was in charge of implementing the completion of the Zaha Hadid-designed Broad MSU. As director of content alliances at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, she managed collaborative projects among the Guggenheim; the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia; and the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. Min Jung Kim was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. She graduated from Wheaton College and holds a master’s degree in art history from the Courtauld Institute of Art at the University of London.

Headshot of Dorothy KosinskiDr. Dorothy Kosinski has been the Vradenburg Director & CEO of The Phillips Collection since April 2008. Previously, Dr. Kosinski was Senior Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Dallas Museum of Art. She was also the museum’s Barbara Thomas Lemmon Curator of European Art. Over the course of 30 years in museum work, Kosinski has earned a reputation internationally as an accomplished curator and scholar of 19th and 20th century art. For over 12 years, Dr. Kosinski was based in Basel, Switzerland, where she was a curator, scholar, and university instructor, including curator and administrator of the Douglas Cooper Collection. In August 2013, Dr. Kosinski was appointed by President Barack Obama to the National Council on the Humanities. She currently serves on the Board of the Sherman Fairchild Foundation and The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation. Dr. Kosinski received a BA from Yale University and an MA and PhD from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University.

Mia Locks headshot

Mia Locks is an independent curator and culture worker based in Los Angeles. She was previously a curator at The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles as well as MoMA PS1 and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. She was a 2018 fellow at the Center for Curatorial Leadership and currently co-leads Museums Moving Forward, a data-driven initiative focused on accountability in the museum field.

 

Headshot of Danyelle MeansDanyelle Means is the newly appointed Executive Director of the Center for Contemporary Arts (CCA) in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She will continue her successful philanthropic and non-profit leadership by advancing CCA’s mission to celebrate creativity across the arts, humanities, and sciences by generating transformative experiences designed to ignite minds and connect people. Means has served as the Director of Advancement at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) and the Executive Director of the IAIA Foundation. During her tenure at IAIA, like many in the philanthropic sector, Means and her staff shifted all efforts online during the pandemic, bringing IAIA one of the most successful fundraising years ever.

Headshot of Brittany Webb

Dr. Brittany Webb is the Evelyn and Will Kaplan Curator of Twentieth Century Art and the John Rhoden Collection at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA). She is currently working on a retrospective exhibition on 20th century African-American sculptor John Rhoden (1916-2001) that includes an initiative to gift more than 250 sculptures by Rhoden to museums around the country. Dr. Webb came to PAFA from the African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP). She holds a PhD in Anthropology from Temple University and a BA in Political Science from the University of Southern California (USC).

 


Images: 

  1. Stephanie A. Stebich, The Margaret and Terry Stent Director, Smithsonian American Art Museum; Photo credit: Smithsonian American Art Museum
  2. Min Jung Kim, Photo by Tim Parker
  3. Dorothy Kosinski, Photo by Daniel Schwartz
  4. Mia Locks © 2016 Scott Rudd; www.scottruddevents.com; scott.rudd@gmail.com
  5. Danyelle Means
  6. Brittany Webb

Virtual | Fluidity & Queerness in Art & the Art World

9am PT/ 11am CT/ 12pm ET / 6pm CET

Please join ArtTable for a special virtual discussion on Fluidity and Queerness in Art, in partnership with Speciwomen.

On the occasion of Speciwomen’s third issue launch, this panel will explore fluidity and queerness from various perspectives in the art world. We will hear from each panelist on what fluidity means to each of them, how identity has influenced their work and/or approach to their profession, and the “overtness” of queer art.

Panelists

  • Grey, Artist & Cultural Activist, Moderator
  • Philo Cohen, Founder & Editor-in-Chief at Speciwomen
  • Opashona Ghosh, Artist, featured in the Fluidity issue of Speciwomen
  • Anne-Sophie Guillet, Artist, featured in the Fluidity issue of Speciwomen
  • Alyssa Nitchun, Director of the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art

Admission

  • ArtTable Circle Members– Free
  • All other ArtTable Members – $10 (Members may bring a guest for an additional $5)
  • Non-Members – $15

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Accessibility: ArtTable is pleased to offer closed captioning for this program. Please email programs@arttable.org with additional accessibility requirements.

Additional Resources: We encourage all attendees to review these articles and resources in advance of the conversation – Gender fluidity: What it means and why support matters  Why the Art World is Focusing In on Gender Fluidity (2018)   ‘Museums Belong to Everyone’: Curator Clare Barlow on the Tate’s Groundbreaking Queer Art Show, and the Work Institutions Still Need to Do


About the Speakers

Grey wearing a denim outfitGrey (moderator) is a multimedia artist who identifies as AfroIndigenous, genderfluid, and queer. She’s currently known for making art pieces and installations in solidarity with the trans community as well as being the lead singer of the band God Save The Club Kids.

 

 

 

 

Philo Cohen seated against a black background wearing a red T-shirtPhilo Cohen is the founder and Editor-in-Chief at Speciwomen, an online archive and independent publishing initiative aiming to change the representation of womxn and femmes in the arts. Cohen lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 2020 with a BA in Visual Studies and Comparative Literature.

 

Headshot of Opashona Gosh against a dark yellow backgroundOpashona Ghosh (b. Kolkata 1987) is an artist and facilitator, based in London. Graduate of Central Saint Martins (University of the Arts, London). Their work explores feminist approaches to mental & sexual health, and club culture, locating the intersections of body, community & ritual. They curate FEMME NEW WORLD, an intersectional panel exploring migrating femme landscapes. Currently, they are co-publishing HONEY with Bahraini-British writer and editor Nadia Jones, a zine meditating on the experience of friendship. (Instagram)

 

 

Photo of a person's forearm with a tattoo that reads "Gender Rules Are Dead"Anne-Sophie Guillet was born in Oxford, UK. She’s a French photographer based in Brussels, Belgium. She graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels with an MFA in visual arts and photography. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally. In 2019, her book “Inner Self” was published with Case Publishing, a Japanese publisher. The book launch was at the same time as her solo show at Poetic Scape in Tokyo. Anne-Sophie Guillet is currently working on her “Together” series around love and relationships, what bonds one to another and questions their representation. The series suggests that we change our attitude and perception on the ways people live their relationships. (Instagram)

Alyssa Nitchun headshotAlyssa Nitchun is Executive Director of The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art, where she oversees the Museum’s many initiatives and long-term growth. Founded just weeks before the Stonewall uprising and located in Soho, New York, LLMA provides a platform for artistic exploration through multi-faceted queer perspectives. Prior to LLMA, Alyssa was an independent cultural consultant focused on the Middle East and Europe, advising artists and cultural institutions on projects at the intersection of art, social justice, and public space. From 2012 to 2018, Alyssa was with the public art organization Creative Time where she held a variety of positions focused on development, communications, and team management, culminating with Acting Executive Director. Prior to Creative Time, Alyssa oversaw Institutional Giving for StoryCorps – the public media organization archiving diverse oral histories at the Library of Congress. Alyssa has also served as Director of Development for the CUNY Graduate Center’s Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies and has held multiple creative positions in the worlds of art, fashion, and music. Alyssa received an MA in Gender Politics with a focus in Queer theory from New York University.

About Speciwomen

SPECIWOMEN is a community of emerging womxn makers from all over the world representing each other through the means of interviews, essays, new media and print publications. Our goal is to bring forward the work of artists that deserve a better representation than the one given to them in the art world.

Philo Cohen started SPECIWOMEN in 2015, aiming to foster intersectional communities built from equality and respect. Click here to view the website.

 

Thank you to Philo Cohen and the team at Speciwomen for partnering with ArtTable on this program.


Images:

  1. Cover of Speciwomen’s third issue.
  2. Headshots provided by the speakers.

Virtual | Reimagining Public Monuments: Old Stories & New Narratives

6pm ET | 5pm CT | 4pm PT

We are delighted to present Monuments & Memorials: Then & Now, a three part series about the history, context and creation of public monuments and memorials.

This first panel will introduce milestones and controversies of past memorials and monuments. We will hear from Professor Harriet F. Senie, Professor of Art History at C.U.N.Y. and its Graduate Center, who will offer her perspective on The Evolution of Monuments: Paradigms and Underlying Issues based on her 30 years of experience teaching, writing and participating on national selection commissions in the field of public art. She is joined by artist Alison Saar, who will reflect on her much admired permanent 2007 Harriet Tubman Monument in Harlem, a case study, in New York City where there are few monuments to women or non-white males. We will also hear from artist Marisa Williamson, who is known for reimagining under-represented historical subjects by bringing these figures to life through performance art and augmented reality (AR). She will speak about her practice using new narratives and new media for contemporary audiences. Cathie Behrend, ArtTable New York member who co-organized this series, will introduce the program and panelists.

The second panel in this series will be announced in the coming weeks and will focus on Reimagining Public Monuments & Memorials: Through Other Lenses. What have we seen? Whose stories will we now tell? Who will decide? Who will provide funding? What visions do artists now imagine for the future? A third panel in September will wrap up the series with a focus on the Preservation of Public Monuments & Sacred Spaces at Home & Abroad. We hope you will join us for all three!

We also look forward to sharing more information on an upcoming walking tour of Harlem with Cathie Behrend that will highlight monuments and memorials in the neighborhood, including Alison Saar’s “Swing Low: Harriet Tubman Memorial” and the Frederick Douglass Sculpture and Water Wall. Stay tuned for more details!

Admission

  • Non-Members – $15
  • ArtTable Members – $10
  • 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 Professor Harriet F. Senie

Harriett SenieHarriet F. Senie is professor of art history at City College and the CUNY Graduate Center. She is the author of Memorials to Shattered Myths: Vietnam to 9/11; The “Tilted Arc” Controversy: Dangerous Precedent?; and Contemporary Public Sculpture: Tradition, Transformation, and Controversy.  She is co-editor and contributor to Teachable Monuments: Using Public Art to Spark Dialogue and Confront Controversy; Museums and Public Art?; A Companion to Public Art; and Critical Issues in Public Art. In 2008, she cofounded Public Art Dialogue, an international organization and College Art Association affiliate, and coedited its peer review journal Public Art Dialogue from 2011-17. She has served on the New York City Mayoral Advisory Commission on City Art, Monuments, and Markers; the She Built New York advisory committee, and selection committees for the Women’s Rights Pioneers Monument in Central Park; the Mexico City 1968 Memorial; and the Flight 587 Memorial. Her current book project is Monumental Controversies: Mount Rushmore, Four Presidents, and the Quest for National Identity.

About Alison Saar

Alison SaarAlison Saar was born in Los Angeles, California. She has been commissioned to create a number of Public Monuments including Swing Low a monument to Harriet Tubman, Terra Incognita a memorial to York of the Lewis and Clark expedition and Embodied a monument to Justice. She received the United States Artist Fellowship in 2012 and has also been awarded the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and two National Endowment Fellowships. Alison has exhibited at many galleries and museums, including the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Her art is represented in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Baltimore Art Museum, the Modern Museum of Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

About Marisa Williamson

Marisa Williamson; a black woman with her hair pulled back by a red bandana; wearing a black tank top; standing in front of a grey and pale green muralMarisa Williamson is a project-based artist who has produced site-specific works at Monticello, & by commission from Storm King Art Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Monument Lab, & the National Park Service. She has had solo exhibitions at the University of Virginia, the University of Washington, & SPACES in Cleveland. Her work has been exhibited nationally & internationally. Williamson has received grants from the Rema Hort Mann Foundation, the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, & the Graham Foundation. Williamson holds a BA from Harvard & an MFA from CalArts. She lives & works in New Jersey & Connecticut, serving as an assistant professor of media arts at the University of Hartford.

 

Thank you to Cathie Behrend, former Deputy Director of New York’s Percent for Art Program and founder of VenturesinVision, and Lori Shepard, member of ArtTable’s New York Chapter Programs Committee, for organizing this program series.


Images:

  1. Marisa Williamson, Ruffin Hall: University of Virginia – Seeing that nothing is purely black or white, the Ghost of Thomas Jefferson wanders in this grey area. Charlottesville, VA. From Postcard Book: The Ghost of Thomas Jefferson, 2018. Edition of 150. Photo by Gabby Fuller. Courtesy of the Artist. | Swing Low: A Harriet Tubman memorial by Alison Saar (Photo: Devin A. Hill for TravelMag)
  2. Harriet F. Senie, courtesy of the speaker
  3. Alison Saar Self Portrait, courtesy of the artist
  4. Marisa Williamson, courtesy of the artist

Virtual | Deaccessioning: Competing Needs, Contested Terrain, & the Future of the American Museum

1pm ET | 11pm CT | 10am PT

 

American art museums are at a critical crossroads. The economic fallout from COVID-19 coupled with the urgent need to address systemic racism and social injustice are converging to create a looming state of emergency. These intertwined crises have given rise to debates about who and what museums are for, and what role permanent collection objects play in fulfillment of their missions. At the forefront of these discussions is the controversial practice of collection deaccessioning. A succession of headlines announcing the consignment of valuable art from high-profile institutions to auction houses throws into relief just how important it is, at a time when art collections are increasingly seen to be in tension with addressing equity needs. This clash of priorities exists in the face of eroding resources, and raises existential questions about the nature of museums and the public they serve, as well as considerations of ethical guardrails and legislative oversight.

We invite you to join ArtTable and our expert panel on April 27 from 1-2 PM (EST) for a lively conversation about this pressing issue. We will hear from Dr. Jill Deupi, Beaux Arts Director & Chief Curator of the Lowe Art Museum (University of Miami); Katie Wilson-Milne, Partner at Schindler, Cohen & Hochman LLP; and Sara Raza, former Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator for the Middle East & North Africa; moderated by Hope Davis, fine art appraiser, Hudson River Museum trustee, and member of the ArtTable New York Programs Committee.

Admission

  • Non-Members – $15
  • ArtTable Members – $10
  • ArtTable Circle Members – Free
  • Members may bring an additional guest for $5

How to take part:

  1. Click here to Register for this program.
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  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 the Speakers

Dr. Jill DeupiDr. Jill Deupi is the Beaux Arts Director and Chief Curator of the Lowe Art Museum (University of Miami). Prior to assuming this position, Deupi was Director and Chief Curator of University Museums at Fairfield University, where she was also an Assistant Professor of Art History. Deupi is a Trustee of the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD), co-chairs the Task Force for the Protection of University Collections (AAMG), and chairs the City of Coral Gables Arts Advisory Panel. She is also a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, the Leading Change Institute, and the Getty Leadership Institute.

Katie Wilson-MilneKatie Wilson-Milne is a Partner at Schindler, Cohen & Hochman LLP. Katie advises clients in the art, cultural and creative communities, including art galleries, other art businesses, collectors, artists, and not-for-profit organizations on matters related to the purchase, sale, lending and financing of art, as well as gallery, auction house, and museum relationships and corporate governance. She also represents clients in the art world in disputes involving representation, collaborations, contracts, copyright, authenticity, title, provenance and appraisals. Katie also teaches and speaks regularly on art law topics. She is the former Secretary of the Art Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association and co-hosts the Art Law Podcast with Steven Schindler.

Sara RazaSara Raza is the former Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator for the Middle East and North Africa. She has curated exhibitions of visual art art and culture for over a decade (2004-2018) internationally, in both an independent and institutional capacity, for museums, festivals and biennials, focusing on global art practices from Asia and the Middle East. She has also curated a number of public programs of artist talks and symposia to accompany her projects.

Hope DavisHope Davis (moderator) is a fine art appraiser and a trustee of the Hudson River Museum in Westchester, NY. Beginning at Sotheby’s, her professional experience brought her to M. Knoedler & Co., where as Director of American Art, she organized major exhibitions on James McNeill Whistler (Margaret MacDonald, Curator), and Winslow Homer (Lloyd Goodrich, Curator). She established Hope Davis Fine Art in the late 1980s, specializing in late 19th-20th century American art. Now living in the Berkshires, she also curates exhibitions and promotes contemporary regional artists through Davis Gregory Art.

 

Thank you to Hope Davis, ArtTable’s New York Chapter Programming Committee, for organizing this program.


Images: 

  1. Art Storage. Image via kasten-storage.com, via Widewalls
  2. GIF Headlines courtesy of the New York Times, Hyperallergic, The Art Newspaper, and Artnet News

Virtual | Where Are We Now? Revisiting the State of Fine Art Shipping in a Post-Pandemic World

12pm ET | 11am CT | 9am PT

Since the start of the pandemic, fine art shippers, registrars, and collections managers have had to find inventive solutions to moving artwork during a global lockdown. Back in July 2020, when the art world was still adapting to new pandemic-related regulations, ArtTable hosted a virtual conversation on this topic, where we discussed evolving logistical measures and responsibilities taken on by arts institutions and spaces within and outside of the US. As we approach the one year mark of the pandemic in the US, we revisit this conversation with new insights and discuss other factors that continue to affect the shipping sector of the art market, like new regulations between the US and the UK, continued gallery closures and staff reductions, and shifting exhibition and fair schedules.

What have shipping agents and registrars learned in the past year about adapting their tried and tested methods? How are museums, art galleries, or private collections faring amid ever-changing regulations? And what can we expect in the coming months? Join us for what is sure to be a fascinating discussion with Jacqueline Cabrera (Cabrera + Art + Management), Tina Sullivan (Masterpiece International), and Anna Marris (Constantine International).

Admission

  • Non-Members – $10
  • ArtTable Members – $5
  • 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:

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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 the Speakers

Jacqueline CabreraJacqueline Cabrera is currently Principal at Cabrera + Art + Management, Host of the Registrar Hour and past President and founding board member of the Association of Registrars and Collection Specialists. From 1996 – 2016 she worked at the J. Paul Getty Museum as a registrar at both the Getty Villa and Getty Center museums. Jacqueline has also served as Chair of the Registrar’s Committee Western Region and as a board member for the Western Museum Association. Prior to joining the Getty in 1996 she was the Registrar at the Long Beach Museum of Art and previously a Painting Department Assistant at Sotheby’s.

Tina SullivanTina Sullivan is the Vice President of Fine Arts at Masterpiece International. She has worked in the fine art logistics industry for the past 23 years.  She started at Masterpiece International in 1997 as their in-house licensed Customhouse Broker, and now
serves as the Vice President of Fine Arts, overseeing all fine art operations on the West Coast. Tina is a licensed Customhouse broker and has a strong understanding of U.S. Customs and U.S. Fish and Wildlife regulations.

 

Anna Marris

Anna Marris started her career in the fine arts logistics world at Wingate & Johnston (London) in 1984. She then went on to work for MOMART for 25 years where in 1996 she became the first female Director in the Art transport Industry. In 2015 she rejoined the Constantine (parent company of W&J) as Associate Director, again the first female Director for the company.

 

 

 

 

Thank you to Jacqueline Cabrera from ArtTable’s SoCal Chapter for organizing this program.


Images: 

  1. Courtesy of The ARTA blog
  2. Jacqueline Cabrera, courtesy of the speaker
  3. Tina Sullivan, courtesy of the speaker
  4. Anna Marris, courtesy of the speaker

Virtual | Equity & Representation in Contemporary Art – A Panel Discussion for Black History Month

12pm ET | 11am CT | 9am PT

Over the course of time in America, large swaths of art history have been omitted, erased, or ignored. This absence has created a significant void in the narrative around how people of African descent and people of color have contributed to the artistic canon.

The impact presents significant disadvantages for artists of color. From artists that have difficulty gaining representation, to art historians overlooking Black and Brown artists’ contributions, to collectors that do not have access to works they would like to acquire, the playing field has never been level. Bias shows up in art schools, in institutions, in hiring practices, in the primary and secondary art market, and in the critical voices that influence all of the above.

Recent news of high-profile curatorial appointments are a move in the right direction. However, there is significant work that remains to be done. What kind of new and inclusive art world can we as art professionals help to create ?

Join us for this interactive session on a very timely and important topic. The discussion will address questions surrounding this subject including:

  • What are the barriers to equity and representation and how can we, as leaders, make a difference toward that goal?
  • What does it feel like to be an “outsider” in the art world?
  • Why does diversity and representation matter?
  • How can institutions and art spaces be more accessible to all?
  • Black art is “hot” right now. Why?
  • How does diversity in art help us to understand each other in a complex multicultural society?

Panel Participants:

  • June Edmonds, Award-Winning Artist, Los Angeles, CA
  • Chela Mitchell, Art Advisor and Founder of Komuna House Global Arts Club, New York, NY
  • Dr. Kimberli Gant, McKinnon Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art at the Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA
  • Moderated by Lynne Toye, Founder of Art Unpacked, New York, NY

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

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

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 the Speakers

June Edmonds was born in Los Angeles, where she lives and works. Edmonds received her MFA from Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, and a bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University. She also attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and is the recipient of the inaugural prestigious 2020 AWARE Prize, which recognizes an outstanding solo presentation of work by a female artist at the Armory Show. Edmonds is also the 2020 Harpo Foundation Grant recipient and a recipient of the 2018 City of Los Angeles Individual Artist Grant (COLA). She attended the Paducah A.I.R. residency in Kentucky in 2017 and is slated to go to Vermont Studio Center Residency in 2021 or 2022. Edmonds uses abstract painting to explore how color, pattern, repetition, movement and balance can serve as conduits to spiritual contemplation and interpersonal connection. She has exhibited nationally and has completed several works of public art with the city of Los Angeles and the Department of Cultural Affairs, including an installation at the MTA Pacific Station in Long Beach, CA. Her paintings are held in collections throughout the United States including the California African American Museum, Los Angeles and the Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, Amherst, MA.

Kimberli Gant, PhD is the McKinnon Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art at the Chrysler Museum. She has held curatorial positions at the Newark Museum, The Contemporary Austin, and the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan
Art. She has curated numerous exhibitions including Brendan Fernandes: Bodily Forms, Multiple Modernisms, Wondrous Worlds: Art & Islam through Time & Place, and De-Luxe. Kimberli holds Art History degrees from the University of Texas Austin, Columbia University, and Pitzer College.

 

Chela Mitchell is an art advisor at CMA, a firm committed to helping collectors build diverse art collections. Chela has worked with some influential institutions, corporations and art collectors, informing their acquisitions in the emerging, mid-career and established markets. Chela has become a voice for change in the art world, actively fighting for equity of artists and art professionals. This work inspired the creation of Komuna, a global arts club with a special focus on artists and people of color.

Before devoting herself fulltime to the art world, Chela worked as a fashion stylist at Net-a-Porter, Barney’s, Intermix and Vogue Japan. She has worked closely with artists like Solange, Iman Omari and Young Paris.

Chela has been featured in Forbes, The Los Angeles Times, ArtNews, Artnet News, NR Magazine and 10 Magazine. She is a proud graduate of Rutgers University and lives in Manhattan with her husband, daughter and French mastiff, Harlem.

Lynne Toye is a curator, change agent, and artist advocate building a community of support for artists of color. She is focused on educating and cultivating new collectors and forming strategic alliances with stakeholders in the art market. She founded Art Unpacked in 2020 to provide access to the art market through curated events, lectures, studio visits and salons. She is on the African American Culture Committee of the Montclair Art Museum and also currently serves as the Chief Administrative Officer at Harlem School of the Arts. Lynne holds degrees from the University of Virginia and the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Thank you to Lynne Toye for organizing this program exclusively for ArtTable.


Images: 

  1. June Edmonds
  2. Dr. Kimberli Gant
  3. Chela Mitchell
  4. Lynne Toye

Virtual | Artist Residencies: Evolving Amid the Pandemic

2pm ET | 1pm CT | 11am PT

Please join Ruth Adams (Art Omi – Ghent, NY), Toccarra Thomas (Joan Mitchell Center – New Orleans, LA), and Helen Toomer (Stoneleaf Retreat – Kingston, NY) for a panel to explore how artist residencies are evolving their services to artists during the pandemic through “virtual” residencies and other strategies. The panelists will share their experiences with adapting their programming and pivoting their usual approach amid Covid, as well as insights into ways the field may change long-term coming out of the pandemic.

Admission

  • Non-Members – $15
  • ArtTable Members – $10 ($5/additional guest)
  • 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:

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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.
  4. For further instruction on how to use Zoom, see here.

Click here to see who is already registered!

Accessibility: Please note that this program will offer live closed captioning. If you require additional accommodations, please email programs@arttable.org.


About the Speakers

Ruth Adams is Executive Director of Art Omi in Ghent, NY, where she provides leadership for the multi-faceted contemporary arts center’s 120-acre Sculpture and Architecture Park and Gallery, international artist residencies, public arts events, & education programming. Together with a Board of Trustees and Program Advisory Boards, Adams is dedicated to Art Omi’s vitality and sustainability, with a current focus on destination creation, exemplary visitor services, internationalism, equity, inclusivity, and programming excellence.

 

Toccarra A. H. Thomas is the Director of the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans. Thomas has previously served as the inaugural general manager of Pioneer Works in Brooklyn, NY, as well as inaugural managing director of SPACE, a contemporary multidisciplinary art organization in Portland, ME. In her role at the Joan Mitchell Center, she directs the expansive artist residency program, develops public programming and special projects to support community engagement with the Center’s artist residents, and manages the day-to-day operations. Additionally, Thomas works closely with leadership at the Joan Mitchell Foundation in New York to develop artist-centered resources and programming.

 

Helen Toomer is Co-Founder of STONELEAF RETREAT, an artists’ residency and connective space in the Catskill Mountains of New York. The residency is focused on supporting women artists and families. She is the Founder of UPSTATE ART WEEKEND and the Co-Founder of Art Mamas Alliance. Formerly, Toomer was Executive Director of Artists in Residence in Everglades (AIRIE) and Director of the IFPDA Fine Art Print Fair, Collective Design Fair and PULSE Contemporary Art Fairs. She lectures on art fairs and professional development at universities and arts organizations in the US and the UK. She was also an adjunct professor at Sotheby’s Institute of Art and the Fashion Institute of Technology. Toomer co-founded and managed a contemporary art gallery, toomer labzda in New York and graduated with Bachelors in Fine Arts from the Arts Institute of Bournemouth, England. She serves on the Board of AIRIE and Advisory Committees for ProjectArt, Foundwork and the Baxter St Camera Club of New York.

Thank you to Sarah McNaughton, NY Chapter Programs Committee Co-Chair, for organizing this program.


Images:

  1. Uta Bekaia (USA / Georgia) performance, courtesy of Art Omi
  2. Ruth Adams
  3. Toccarra Thomas
  4. Helen Toomer

Virtual | Curating Under Covid, with Adrienne L. Childs, Laura Roulet, & Sarah Tanguy

12pm ET | 11am CT | 9am PT

Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, curators have struggled to continue their work with artists and arts organizations and to find new ways to bring exhibitions to the public. Washington, D.C.-based independent curators Adrienne L. Childs, Laura Roulet, and Sarah Tanguy have each opened exhibits amid the crisis. Despite the shutdown, they have been able to organize exhibitions at The Phillips Collection, Brentwood Arts Exchange, and the Kreeger Museum. Childs, Roulet, and Tanguy will share their experiences in maintaining and evolving their practices during these trying times.

Tickets are $5 for ArtTable members. Not a member? Join today!

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.
  4. For further instruction on how to use Zoom, see here.

Accessibility: Please note that this program will offer live closed captioning. If you require additional accommodations, please email programs@arttable.org.


About the Speakers

Adrienne L. Childs, Ph.D., is an independent scholar, art historian, and curator. She is an associate of the W.E.B. Du Bois Research Institute at the Hutchins Center at Harvard University. She was recently a guest curator of The Phillips Collection exhibit, “Riffs and Relations: African American Artists and the European Modernist Tradition.” The exhibit presents the works of 20th to 21st century African American artists alongside the examples of 20th-century art that inspired those American artists. Childs was also a curator at the David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland.

Laura Roulet is an independent curator and writer in the DC metropolitan area and specializes in contemporary and Latin American art. She has organized exhibitions in Mexico, Puerto Rico and the U.S. including at the OAS Art Museum of the Americas, the American University Museum, the Mexican Cultural Institute, Hillyer Art Space, WPA, Arlington Arts Center, and the DC Art Center. Roulet is a frequent contributor to Sculpture magazine. Her other publications include many catalog essays, encyclopedia entries, articles in American Art, Art Journal and Art Nexus. In the fall of 2020, Brentwood Arts Exchange exhibited her most recent exhibition, “Mothering in a World Turned Upside Down.” The exhibit focused on visual embodiments of motherhood during a time of social, physical, and economic uncertainty.

Sarah Tanguy is a Washington, DC-based independent curator and arts writer. From 2004-2019, Tanguy was also a curator for Art in Embassies, U.S. Department of State, where she curated over 100 exhibitions and 12 permanent collections for U.S. diplomatic facilities overseas. She has also worked at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the National Gallery, The Tremaine Collection, the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, and The Hechinger Collection. Her exhibit “TRACES” is currently on display at the Kreeger Museum and each artwork featured in the exhibition explores the many meanings of the word “trace.”

Image: Roxana Alger Geffen, Complicated Presence (Covid Coat), 2020

Virtual | Challenges & Choices Facing Nonprofit Leaders, with Deborah Fisher & Irene Shum

12pm ET | 11am CT | 9am PT

The year 2020 has been a trying one for the art world, specifically for nonprofit organizations. A study from the National Center for Arts Research released over the summer estimated that New York City’s nonprofit arts sector alone had lost more than half a billion dollars since March, with 11% of smaller cultural organizations not expected to survive. The data is bleak, but in spite of it all, nonprofit leaders are showing that when faced with a challenge, they will work to execute the best possible solution to further their organizations’ missions or legacies.

During this discussion we will hear from Deborah Fisher, Executive Director of A Blade of Grassand Irene Shum, former Executive Director of Art in GeneralBoth spaces were majorly affected by the pandemic and ultimately came to different solutions. We will discuss the challenges each organization faced and the different possible solutions that were considered, the decision-making process, and what’s next for them and the future of arts nonprofits.

This program is $10 for ArtTable members and $15 for non-members.

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 the Speakers

Deborah Fisher is an artist and creative leader working to expand the roles artists play in civic life. She is the founding Executive Director of A Blade of Grass, a non-profit solely dedicated to nurturing socially engaged art. Fisher has served as an art, strategy, and philanthropy advisor to Shelley and Donald Rubin, and has worked in many capacities at the intersection of art and civic life in New York City, including as studio manager at Socrates Sculpture Park, and as an educator and curriculum developer for the Brooklyn Center for the Urban Environment. Her approach to leadership is deeply informed by her training as a sculptor, particularly her experience making public art. She also writes and lectures internationally about arts funding and socially engaged art.

For fifteen years, curator Irene Mei Zhi Shum has actively explored the intersection of art and architecture, organizing ambitious projects and championing the artists and designers with whom she works. Most recently, she was the Executive Director of Art in General in New York City. Prior to this, Shum served as the Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the Menil Collection in Houston, Texas (2018-2020) and the inaugural curator for the Philip Johnson Glass House, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation in New Canaan, Connecticut (2007-2018). An early and major responsibility at the Glass House was the coordination of the transfer of property from the estates of architect Philip Johnson and art patron David Whitney to the National Trust. Shum shaped the Glass House’s collection and implemented the site’s arts initiative, introducing exhibitions, music and dance performances. Notably, she organized and secured funding for the large-scale, site-specific exhibitions Fujiko Nakaya: Veil (2014) and Yayoi Kusama: Narcissus Garden (2016), as well as a highly acclaimed sound performance by composer Ryuichi Sakamoto and visual artist and musician Carsten Nicolai (Alva Noto), that was recorded and released as Glass (Noton, 2018). Shum holds a Master’s in Architecture from Yale University; a certificate of architecture from the École des Beaux-Arts of the Ecoles d’Art Américaines de Fontainebleau, where she was awarded the Prix de Ville de Fontainebleau; and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Architecture and Art History from Barnard College, Columbia University.


Images

  1. Installation view: Aliza Shvarts: Purported, Art in General, New York, 2020. Photo: Dario Lasagni. Courtesy of The Brooklyn Rail
  2. Deborah Fisher, Executive Director of A Blade of Grass
  3. Irene Shum, former Executive Director of Art in General
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