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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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

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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

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.

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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

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:

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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

VIRTUAL | Learning and leading in times of trauma: How to establish an anti-racist workplace

Join ArtTable for a participatory webinar on creating an anti-racist workplace culture with consultants and educators, Susan X Jane and Adriele Parker, who specialize in building strategies for diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace. Led by Susan and Adriele, we’ll lean into discomfort, discuss practicing intersectional feminism in the workplace, and take on long-term meaningful action for organizational progression. This event is open to members only with a suggested donation of $15.00. 

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Susan X Jane
Susan is a skilled trainer and coach with over 25 years of experience working in mission-focused organizations and supporting leaders who are ready to take on the challenge of our times. Read more about Susan’s work here.

Adriele Parker
Adriele is a NY-based consultant who helps tech leaders, teams, and companies improve cultural competency and build more equitable and inclusive spaces. You can learn more about Adriele here.

NY | Conversation: Women Leaders in the Arts

Anne Pastnernak. (Photo: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders); Nathalie Bondil. (Photo: Jean-François Brière); Kaywin Feldman. (Photo: Courtesy of National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.)

This event is free, but please click here to RSVP. Seating is first come, first served. NOTE: The rest of the Museum is closed on this date.

ArtTable in partnership with Artnet and the Brooklyn Museum presents a conversation with women leaders in the arts. 

The directors of three major metropolitan museums—Nathalie Bondil (Montreal Museum of Fine Arts), Kaywin Feldman (National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.), and Anne Pasternak (Brooklyn Museum)—come together to discuss the changing role of museums in the twenty-first century. In a conversation moderated by Alison Stewart, host of WNYC’s live daily show All Of It, the three leaders reflect on their experiences at the helm of encyclopedic museums, explore the challenges museums will face in the future, and consider how cultural institutions can become more accessible, inclusive spaces for community engagement and social justice.

The Brooklyn Museum is committed to making our galleries and programs accessible to everyone. To request accommodations, such as assistive listening devices, ASL interpretation, or open captioning, contact us at access@brooklynmuseum.org.

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State of Art 5/DC: A Conversation

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Join ArtTable and the Smithsonian American Art Museum for the 5th edition of State of Art/DC: A Conversation. State of Art/DC: A conversation is a series of forums about visual arts in the DC region. This series, launched in 2015, aims to make new connections and generate new ideas among visual arts leaders, artists, administrators, and artrepreneurs.in State of Art 5, presenters will respond to the question, ‘What can the arts teach us about progress?’ PechaKucha style.

Presenters include diverse leaders who represent a spectrum of the DC region visual arts sector including museum curators, collectors, artists, community organizers and more. Speakers will be announced weekly starting early August. Follow ArtTable DC on Instagram, @arttable_dc to see speakers as they’re announced leading up to the program. For more information on State of Art/DC: A Conversation, visit stateofartdc.org.

State of Art5/DC: A Conversation is an ArtTable program and is organized in partnership with the Smithsonian American Art Museum. ArtTable DC is a regional chapter of the national non-profit professional organization for women in the visual arts. The event supports the organization’s mission to foster and promote the visual arts through conversations that raise awareness, support, and diversity.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) is dedicated to collecting, understanding, and enjoying American art. The Museum celebrates the extraordinary creativity of artists whose works reflect the American experience and global connections. Learn more by visiting americanart.si.edu.

The views presented during the program do not necessarily reflect the views of ArtTable or SAAM.

ArtTable is a 501.c.3 organization. All programs are non-refundable.