I’m not sure I have many solutions for artists struggling to make ends meet, but the few words of wisdom I have will be doled out tomorrow at The Cue Foundation with fellow panelists Paul Laster, Colleen Asper and others. The press release and panelist list after the jump.
Artist at the Helm: Creative Survival Skills for Navigation
Tuesday, October 27th, 2009, 6:30pm — 8pm
As the art world transforms itself, artists find they must adapt to societal changes in order to persevere. Once upon a time, one could network by walking into a gallery with a portfolio in hand or by attending exhibition openings— but today, the story is much more complex. For that reason, a guided roundtable discussion bringing together emerging and established artists and art organizers (i.e curators and media professionals) will provide a platform for sharing anecdotes and advice on surviving in this ever-changing system. While the more seasoned speakers may bring forth traditional methods, the younger participants can offer their understanding of cutting edge practice. Artists at all stages in their careers serve to benefit from first hand accounts and insights into how to promote oneself today through creative and timely means of networking and audience development. Focus will be placed on methods for resource sharing, the effectiveness of web verses “real world” strategies, and the importance of community building for the endurance of an artist's livelihood.
This program is run in partner with Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts (efa). This program will be held at CUE Art Foundation.
Gema Alava is an artist whose work has been exhibited at the Rana Museum in Norway, the Queens Museum of the Arts, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the Solomon S. Guggenheim Museum, New York, and the Margulies Art Collection at the Warehouse, Miami. She was admitted simultaneously in both emerging programs: AIM and EMERGE, in 2002. Currently there are two solo shows of her work on view, in New York and London. Her work will be presented at Lehman College Art Gallery, New York City, in 2011. Her first solo show in New York City was at Lance Fung Gallery.
Colleen Asper is a recipient of the Helen Winternitz Award and the Jacob K. Javitz Fellowship. Her work has been shown internationally, including Deitch Projects and P.P.O.W. in New York. In addition to being reviewed in such publications as the New York Times, the New Yorker, and Time Out New York, Asper is a writer who regularly contributes to publications that include Beautiful/Decay magazine, The Brooklyn Rail, and Artcritical. Currently, she is working on a book of essays and fiction to be published by Ante Projects. She is also the co-founder, along with Jennifer Dudley, of a roving series of panel discussions and lectures on a wide range of topics in the arts, called Ad Hox Vox (adhocvox.com).
Jennifer Dudley is an artist based in Brooklyn. Along with Colleen Asper, she is the co-founder of Ad Hoc Vox, an ongoing series of panel discussions and lectures addressing a wide range of topics in the arts. Dudley received her BFA from the University of Georgia in 1998, her MFA from Yale University in 2005, attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2006, has served as visiting professor to Ramapo College, and is a recipient of the CAA Geraldine R. Dodge Fellowship.
Pablo Helguera is a visual artist whose work touches on topics of pedagogy, cognition, politics, history, fiction, and memory. He has presented his work individually at MoMA, Royal College of Art in London, UK; and at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington DC. He has participated in many international biennials, including the 8th Havana Biennial, the Liverpool Biennial, and PERFORMA. He is the author of four books and is currently is the Director of Adult and Academic Programs of the Education Department of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Paddy Johnson is best known for her writing on her blog, ArtFagCity.com. She has been published in many well known art-based magazines and online sources such as artreview.com, FlashArt, Time Out NY, and also writes an art review column for L Magazine regularly. Johnson has not only been recognized for her writing, but has also given many lectures for students at several institutions such as Yale University, Parsons, Hunter College, Rutgers, Jersey City Museum, and the Whitney Independent Study Program.
Paul Laster is an editor, writer, independent curator, and artist. He is editor of Artkrush.com, and a contributing editor at Flavorpill.com and ArtAsiaPacific magazine. He was the founding editor of bkyn, an online journal of the arts, first art editor of Flavorpill.com, and last art editor of Russell Simmons’ OneWorld magazine. He is a frequent contributor to Time Out New York, Art in America, TheDailyBeast.com, and Artnet.com.
A former adjunct curator at New York's P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Laster has organized exhibitions for commercial galleries and nonprofit institutions since 1985. His recent curatorial projects include Altered States (2002) at Stux Gallery, New York; New York Stories at The Brewster Project (2003); The Inverse Mirror (2003) at Chambers Fine Art, New York; Word (2004) at the Bronx River Arts Center; Me, Myself & I (2004) at Florida Atlantic University Gallery, Boca Raton, FL; Co-dependent: Construction and Deconstruction (2005), Living Room, Miami; It's a Beautiful Day (2006) at the Ise Cultural Foundation, New York; Emotional Landscape (2006) at the Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn; and The Garden at 4AM (2009) at Gana Art New York.
TRONG G. NGUYEN is an artist and curator based in New York. He has exhibited nationally and internationally in both solo and group exhibitions. As a curator, he has organized numerous exhibitions, including. His shows have been reviewed in the New York Times, Time Out New York, Paper, The Believer, Trace, Village Voice, and many other publications. Trong has received grants from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Harvestworks Digital Media Center, Bronx Museum of the Arts, and Puffin Foundation. He currently serves on the
Fashion in Film Festival advisory board and by day is the New York City editor for Artslant. He has previously guest-lectured at Latvia Center for Contemporary Art, School of Visual Arts, Location One, New York University, Columbia University, Icelandic Art Academy, and Catalyst Foundation.
Christina Ray is the founder of Glowlab, an innovative art gallery and creative catalyst located in New York focused on the convergence of art, technology and the urban environment. Ray is also the founder of Conflux, the annual art and technology festival for the creative exploration of urban public space, and has led the festival as Director since its inception in 2003. She is currently serving as Key Artistic Advisor for Times Square Public Art Planning with the Times Square Alliance and recently became a founding member of the Advisory Committee of the new 92YTribeca arts and entertainment venue. She is a frequent speaker on the intersection of art and emerging technology in public space.
Joshua Selman is and artist and founder of Artist Organized Art; a charitable organization enriching the lives of artists, organizers and the public through artist organized media, events and cultural education. Available to millions of digital media households, Artist Organized Art brings a trusted resource to local communities across a multicultural and diverse society. Among his projects are sound sculptures for radio broadcast and conceptual objects for record distribution. Selman lives in
New York, shows internationally and is represented by Lance Fung Gallery.