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Art World Scoop from Industry Expert Geri Thomas

by Paddy Johnson on September 29, 2014
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I first heard of Thomas & Associates in 2001. I had just finished grad school and was looking for work. A professor who was friends with the company’s current president, Geri Thomas, told me I should check out the art recruiting and consulting firm. I sent out a resume to them and never heard back.
I now see that as a sign of a good recruiter. I had no experience or particular aptitude for commercial arts administration, and that would have been clear from even a quick look at my resume.

Founded in 1999—just two years prior to my own discovery of the firm—Thomas & Associates provides staffing, consulting and professional development seminars exclusively for arts and culture. The company has taken on top-tier clients like the Studio Museum, James Cohan Gallery, and Sean Kelly. Thomas herself has taught arts administration at NYU since 2002, and helped to create a certificate program at the university in Art Collections Management and Display. Prior to that time, Thomas owned a gallery, worked in PR for Te Papa, New Zealand’s national museum, and held the Director of Exhibitions and Collections position at the Jewish Museum.

13 years after my original application, I reached out to her again. I wanted to know what recruiting firms do, between fielding grad student resumes and helping museums put on major exhibitions. Now that I’m a blogger, I finally get to find out what happens behind the scenes at the offices of Thomas & Associates.

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“Hardworking People”: An Interview With Documentary Filmmaker Woody Morris

by Leighann Morris on September 24, 2014
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A peculiar 1986 protest involving a nest of bees and parade of sheep prompted filmmaker Woody Morris to investigate a lost turf war between a working class community and international banks on Canary Wharf. The result, “Hardworking People”, is a Jeremy Deller-esque documentary about the radicalization of a blue collar community, and conservative rhetoric, which seems more relevant than ever.

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Do or DIY: A Month of Studio Visits in Philly

by Whitney Kimball on August 26, 2014
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Philadelphia keeps the rents low and the art weird.

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How Do People Feel About the Gramsci Monument, One Year Later ?

by Whitney Kimball on August 20, 2014
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One year after Thomas Hirschhorn’s Gramsci Monument came down, I wondered: was this a net gain for a Bronx housing project? Or will it ultimately be remembered as art world conscience-laundering?

I went back to the Bronx for follow-up interviews.

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New Flux Factory Executive Director Nat Roe on Embodying the Best Aspects of Creative Life

by Paddy Johnson on August 7, 2014
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Ever notice how all of those alternative spaces don’t look all that different from the establishment? Flux Factory’s residency is different. Creativity seems to drip from the walls: there’s a doorbell that rings in the bathroom, a disco ball and a chicken hang from kitchen ceiling, and the studios are often coated in art. No other space in New York looks like this.

So, when I heard that Nat Roe (formerly of Silent Barn) would be taking over the role of executive director from Christina Vassallo, I wanted to see what kinds of plans he had in store.

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Weighing Risks, After Last Week’s Cancelled Pro-Palestine Workshop

by Whitney Kimball on July 29, 2014
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“[W]hat is the responsibility of each of us, in the context of potential genocide?” An interview with artist and activist Amin Husain after last week’s cancelled “10 Days/10 Ideas” workshop.

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Marisa Sage on The Freedom of Being an Art Consultant

by Paddy Johnson on June 17, 2014
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What’s an art consultant? What do they do? We asked Marisa Sage to talk about her firm LIKE THE SPICE, and the Williamsburg Gallery she ran from 2006-2012 Like The Spice Gallery.

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A Primer on the Theo Westenberger Estate

by Paddy Johnson and Matthew Leifheit on June 16, 2014
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Photographer Theo Westenberger had a massively successful career before she died in 2008 of lung cancer. Now the estate works full time to make her generosity known. An Interview with Estate Executor Colleen Keegan and staff artists Molly Butcher and Dominic Jones.

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