Friday, February 04, 2011

Get Your Intelligent Art Conversations Here

While NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman is urging the nation's arts organizations to dumb it down if they want to survive... seriously, that's his solution to budget problems (take it away Mr. Finch)...
Rocco thinks that struggling nonprofits should emulate superkitsch platforms like Glee and Dancing With the Stars, tinseltown factories whose main purpose is to recycle old, corporate-owned songs and corporate-controlled washed-up celebrities (and their agents, hangers on, etc.), to make money flow again into an entertainment industry decimated by the popular use of the internet and other technological means by which local culture is shared globally. reports that CAA is about to take Manhattan by storm, and ask those of us in the art world to exercise our brains a bit:
Thousands of art historians and artists from around the country descend on the event for a series of intellectual panel discussions the likes of which the world has hardly seen .... And it’s not cheap: tickets to the whole megilla are $400, though entry to a single session (which may boast a half-dozen panels) is $45.

For those who can’t afford the freight, the conference also offers some free sessions, including one titled "Against Acknowledgement: Sexuality and the Instrumentalization of Knowledge," led by Jonathan Katz (SUNY Buffalo), co-curator of the groundbreaking, controversial "Hide/Seek" exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery.

Another of the free discussions will include yours truly. Hosted by the single-most enthusiastic advocate of artists taking control of their careers that I can think of, Sharon Louden, the discussion takes place this coming Thursday, February 10. Here are the details:

Title of the Panel: "Making a Living as An Artist: With our Without a Gallery"
When: Thursday, February 10, 2011, 12:30-2:00pm.
Where: New York Hilton Hotel, New York, NY, in the Murray Hill Suites, Second Floor of the New York Hilton Hotel

Presentations/Panels for ARTspace are happening in the MURRAY HILL SUITES on the SECOND FLOOR at the NEW YORK HILTON HOTEL which is located at 1335 6th Avenue, between 52nd and 53rd Streets in Midtown. ARTspace is FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC so you do not need a pass or registration to enter into the hotel and come to the Murray Hill Suites on the 2nd floor of the NY Hilton Hotel.

Confirmed panelists:

  • Chair: Sharon Louden, Louden Studio
  • Sharon Butler, Eastern Connecticut State University
  • William Carroll, The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts
  • Peter Drake, New York Academy of Art
  • Ed Winkleman, Winkleman Gallery
OK, so I can't guarantee how intelligent my contributions to the conversation will turn out (it may all depend on how strong the Hilton's coffee is), but this is a great line-up of super smart and artist-centric people and a topic that I don't think you can ever get too many alternative points of view on. I hope you can join us!

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Anonymous Terri said...

Sometimes I wish it were easier to coast-hop -- your panel discussion sounds fun and I wish you the best and most intelligent of presentations and conversations!

2/04/2011 02:41:00 PM  
Blogger joy said...

Will be there! Am blogging for CAA on the confr blog :-)

2/04/2011 08:00:00 PM  
Anonymous matlok said...

It would be great if someone could record the audio and post it somewhere for us international readers. Fingers crossed.

2/06/2011 06:31:00 PM  
Blogger joy said...

...I can try to record it; no promises, but I'll give it a whirl and post it (or else send the file to Ed to post) - if it works and is actually audible!

2/07/2011 11:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Franklin said...

One tiny correction: The map seems to indicate that the Hilton is between 53rd and 54th Streets. I looked it up, because I'm coming. See you tomorrow.

2/09/2011 03:17:00 PM  

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