Virtual | Reading at the (Art)Table – ‘The Free World: Art & Culture in the Cold War’ – Louis Menand

2pm ET | 1pm CT | 11am PT

Join Reading at the (Art)Table as we delve into ‘The Free World: Art and Culture in the Cold War” by Louis Menand, hosted by ArtTable’s Northern California chapter. This deep and detailed history shines a light on the art and culture of the period from WWII through the war in Vietnam.

This program is for ArtTable members only. Not a member? Join today!

How to take part:

  1. Click here to Register for this program. Please note that registration for this program will close at 4pm ET/1pm PT on Friday, September 17.
  2. You will receive a registration confirmation via email that contains the Zoom link. If you need to download the Zoom app, you may do so here.
  3. For further instruction on how to use Zoom, see here.

Thank you to Jan Wurm, ArtTable Northern California Chapter, for organizing this program.

Image: The Free World: Art and Thought in the Cold War by Louis Menand

Virtual | Reading at the (Art)Table – ‘Consuming Stories: Kara Walker’ by Rebecca Peabody

2pm ET | 1pm CT | 11am PT

Join us for Reading at the (Art)Table as we delve into the new selection, “Consuming Stories: Kara Walker and the Imagining of American Race,” by Rebecca Peabody. Peabody uses the work of contemporary American artist Kara Walker to investigate a range of popular storytelling traditions with roots in the nineteenth century and ramifications in the present.

This program is for ArtTable members only. Not a member? Join today!

Click here to see who’s already registered!

How to take part:

  1. Click here to Register for this event.
  2. Following registration you will receive call-in information in the form of a ZOOM link.
  3. Before joining a Zoom meeting on a computer or mobile device, you can download the Zoom app from the Download Center and select the “Zoom Client for Meetings” option. Alternatively, you will be prompted to download and install Zoom when you click a join link.
  4. For further instruction on how to use Zoom, see here.

Thank you to Jan Wurm, ArtTable Northern California Chapter, for organizing this program.

Image: “Consuming Stories: Kara Walker and the Imagining of American Race” by Rebecca Peabody

Virtual | Reading at the (Art)Table – ‘Just Us: An American Conversation,’ by Claudia Rankine

2pm ET | 1pm CT | 11am PT

Join the Northern California Chapter’s Reading at the (Art)Table book group for a discussion of our latest book selection, “Just Us: An American Conversation,” by Claudia Rankine. With essays, poems, and images, Just Us is an invitation to discover what it takes to stay in the room together, even and especially in breaching the silence, guilt, and violence that follow direct addresses of whiteness. Rankine’s questions disrupt the false comfort of our culture’s liminal and private spaces – the airport, the theater, the dinner party, the voting booth – where neutrality and politeness live on the surface of differing commitments, beliefs, and prejudices as our public and private lives intersect.

This program is for ArtTable members only. Not a member? Join today!

Click here to see who’s already registered!

How to take part:

  1. Click here to Register for this event.
  2. Following registration you will receive call-in information in the form of a ZOOM link.
  3. Before joining a Zoom meeting on a computer or mobile device, you can download the Zoom app from the Download Center and select the “Zoom Client for Meetings” option. Alternatively, you will be prompted to download and install Zoom when you click a join link.
  4. For further instruction on how to use Zoom, see here.

Virtual | Reading at the (Art)Table

2pm ET | 1pm CT | 11am PT

Reading at the (Art)Table is ArtTable’s Northern California chapter book club that has gone virtual to stay connected during the pandemic. We engage in conversations about art, culture, criticism, and contemporary challenges. For this session, will be reading and discussing “Video Art — The First Fifty Years” by pioneering video art curator, Barbara London. Tracing the history of the medium and the broader field of media art, we look forward to a lively discussion of development and transformation.

This program is for ArtTable members only. Not a member? Join today!

How to take part:

  1. Click here to Register for this event.
  2. Following registration you will receive call-in information in the form of a ZOOM link.
  3. Before joining a Zoom meeting on a computer or mobile device, you can download the Zoom app from the Download Center and select the “Zoom Client for Meetings” option. Alternatively, you will be prompted to download and install Zoom when you click a join link.
  4. For further instruction on how to use Zoom, see here.

VIRTUAL | Reading at the (Art)Table

11 AM PDT/ 1 PM CDT/ 2 PM EDT

How to take part!

  1. Register for this event here
  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.

This program is for ArtTable members only!


Reading at the( Art)Table, the Northern California Chapter’s book club, will be reading and discussing “Curatorial Activism: Towards an Ethics of Curating ” by Maura Reilly.

Arranged in thematic sections focusing on feminism, race, and sexuality, “Curatorial Activism” examines and illustrates pioneering examples of exhibitions that have broken down boundaries and demonstrated that new approaches are possible, from Linda Nochlin’s “Women Artists” at LACMA in the mid-1970s to Jean-Hubert Martin’s “Carambolages” in 2016 at the Grand Palais in Paris. The book profiles key exhibitions by pioneering curators including Okwui Enwezor, Linda Nochlin, Jean-Hubert Martin and Nan Goldin, with a foreword by Lucy Lippard,

VIRTUAL | Reading at the (Art)Table

How to take part!

  1. Register for this event here
  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.

This program is for ArtTable members only!


The Northern California Chapter hosts Reading at the (Art)Table, now a virtual brunch and discussion of art books. This months selection, Black Mountain: An Interdisciplinary Experiment 1933-1957.

Published by Spector Books and the National galerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, this book provides us with an opportunity to delve deeply into the extraordinarily fertile environment and history of Black Mountain.

VIRTUAL | Reading at the (Art)Table

Image: Everything She Touched: The Life of Ruth Asawa

How to take part!

  1. Register for this event here
  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.

This program is for ArtTable members only!


Reading at the (Art)Table has gone online to keep us connected and engaged in conversations about art, culture, criticism, and contemporary challenges in the Time of Corona.

We will be meeting for our virtual Reading at the (Art)Table, a Brunch and Book Discussion started by the Northern California Chapter. Our current book selection is “Everything She Touched: The Life of Ruth Asawa” by Marilyn Chase. We look forward to this biography of an extraordinary artist who rose above dark history to create some of the most intricately beautiful work of her day.

Thank you to Jan Wurm, Northern California Chapter, for organizing. 

VIRTUAL | Reading at the (Art)Table

Image: Recollections of My Nonexistence by Rebecca Solnit

How to take part!

  1. Register for this event here
  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.

This program is for ArtTable members only!


Reading at the (Art)Table has gone online to keep us connected and engaged in conversations about art, culture, criticism, and contemporary challenges in the Time of Corona.

We will be reading “Recollections of My Nonexistence,” by Rebecca Solnit.

In Recollections of My Nonexistence, Rebecca Solnit describes her formation as a writer and as a feminist in 1980s San Francisco, in an atmosphere of gender violence on the street and throughout society and the exclusion of women from cultural arenas.

Thank you to Jan Wurm, Northern California Chapter, for organizing. 

VIRTUAL | Reading at the (Art)Table

Image: As Radical As Mother As Salad As Shelter: What Should Art Institutions Do Now?

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

How to take part!

  1. Register for this event here
  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.

This program is for ArtTable members only!


The Northern California Chapter book club, Reading at the (Art)Table, has selected a new publication by Paper Monument. We will be reading “As Radical As Mother As Salad As Shelter:What Should Art Institutions Do Now?”

Paper Monument’s new anthology surveys thirty curators, educators, and art administrators on the contemporary role, responsibilities, and possibilities of the art institution.

Paper Monument is a non-profit art press intent on presenting smart, serious writing that is accessible to a wide audience. Through our books and journal of contemporary art, we explore topics often overlooked by mainstream journalism.

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

Thank you to Jan Wurm. 

NOCAL | Reading at the (Art)Table

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Join ArtTable’s Northern California Chapter for our book club, Reading at the (Art)Table. For this session, we will be reading “Marcel Duchamp and the Art of Life “by Jacquelynn Baas.

Please Join Us for Our Discussion and Brunch!

Wishing You All a New Year of New Books, New Ideas, and New Imaginings …!

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

Thank you to Jan Wurm for organizing. 

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