Visual Arts Administration Events

Master of Arts in Visual Arts Administration

Visual Arts Administration Events

The Visual Arts Administration graduate program hosts a series of events throughout the school year. A portion of the events are colloquia--a series of lectures and panels geared towards the academic and professional interests of the Visual Arts Administration students. Of these colloquia, a percentage are organized by the student-run organization, ACE (Advocates for Cultural Engagement). The program’s events and colloquia are a joint effort between the Visual Arts Administration faculty and students. As a result, these events and colloquium are tailored to address the challenges in today’s ever changing art world.

The Visual Arts Administration Alumni Council also hosts a series of events, which can be found here

Fall 2017 Colloquium Events

All events to be held in Einstein Auditorium, Room 105, Barney Building, 24 Stuyvesant Street, unless otherwise noted. 

Wednesday September 13: GRAD STUDENT MIXER, Barney Mezzanine, 2nd floor, 5:00 – 7:00 pmOpening exhibitions in The Commons and Rosenberg Gallery, Barney Building, 34 Stuyvesant Street, and a chance to meet students and faculty from other programs in the Department of Art and Arts Professions.

Friday, September 15:  COLLOQUIUM: Artists’ Working Lives and Arts Administration, 6:00 – 8:30 
This colloquium, a conversation with Sharon Louden and William Powhida, connects artists’ working practice to larger systems of art world administration and questions of economic livelihood. Sharon Louden is an artist, educator, advocate for artists, and editor of the Living and Sustaining a Creative Life series of books (Intellect Books and University of Chicago Press). Her work has been exhibited widely including at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, the Drawing Center, Birmingham Museum of Art, Weatherspoon Art Museum and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Her work is also held in major public and private collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, National Gallery of Art, Neuberger Museum of Art, Arkansas Arts Center, Yale University Art Gallery, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, among others. Sharon’s first book Living and Sustaining a Creative Life is in its seventh printing and is Intellect Press’ bestselling book of all time. Sharon advises grantees of the Joan Mitchell Foundation, leads webinars for Creative Capital, and recently joined the graduate faculty at the School of Visual Arts. William Powhida is an artist and former art critic who has exhibited internationally in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, London, Madrid, Miami, Chicago, Copenhagen, Austria, Dublin, and the Canary Islands. He has also organized exhibitions with other artists including collaborations with Jennifer Dalton, Eric Trosko and others. His work is represented by Postmasters Gallery, and his exhibition “After the Contemporary” was recently on view at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum. His work is in the collections of the Whitney Museum and the Orange County Museum of Art, and has been written about in the New York Times, Artforum, Art in America, The Brooklyn Rail, ArtNews, Hyperallergic, and Art F City among others. This conversation is moderated by Amy Whitaker, Assistant Professor of Visual Arts Administration.

Friday, September 22:  Trevor Paglen Talk, Time TBD
VAA MA students are warmly invited to attend this department-wide event with the artist Trevor Paglen. Trevor Paglen is an internationally known artist with an interdisciplinary practice that spans image-making, sculpture, writing, engineering, and other fields. He has received solo exhibitions at the Eli & Edyth Broad Art Museum, the Van Abbe Museum, and Vienna Secession, and participated in group exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Tate Modern, among others. He is known for his contributions to research and cinematography for Laura Poitras’s Academy Award winning film Citizenfour. His art is represented by Metro Pictures in New York and has been profiled in publications including the New York Times and TheNew Yorker. In 2014, Paglen received the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)’s Pioneer Award for his work as a “groundbreaking investigative artist.” He is also the author of five books. This event is organized by Andrew Weiner, Assistant Professor of Art Theory and Criticism.

Friday, October 20: COLLOQUIUM, Conversations with Alumni, 6:00 – 8:30 pm
Students are invited to meet VAA MA Program Alumni and hear them discuss how the program has helped them in their careers. The panel will be moderated by Visual Arts Administration MA Program Alumni Council President, Alix Hornyan, '10, Associate Director, James Goodman Gallery. Organized by Vida Schreibman, ‘88, Alumni Liaison, VAA MA Program. Alumni speakers are as follows:
Jennifer Cohen '10, Studio Manager, Pierre Huyghe; Olivia Davis '12, Program Manager & Curator, Montefiore Hospital; Lyn Hsieh '07, Department Manager (Education) The Museum of Modern Art; Liz Slagus '99, Director of Public Programs, NY Hall of Science; Cristina Tafuri '13, Director of Exhibitions & Art Fairs, R & Co: Sunny Wang '11, Associate Development Officer, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Friday, November 3:  COLLOQUIUM, What Is Public Art? 6:00 – 8:00 pm
While public art is often conceived of as large bronze equestrian statues of military victors staring across grand city squares, over the past fifty years, definitions of public artwork have expanded, challenging the ways we conceive of public art, its institutions, and the idea of what is “public” as a whole. This symposium will address the questions “what is public” and “what is public art” through the work of two artists whose practices address a spatial and human public in different ways, and both of whom challenge the status quo of public art, in the forms of heroic outdoor sculpture, earth works, and monumental large-scale installations. Moderated by Melanie Kress, Assistant Curator, Friends of the High Line, with invited panelists. Organized by private collections manager Georgia Harrell, ’17.

Friday, November 17: COLLOQUIUM: TBD

Visual Arts Administration Events Archive

See an archive of past Visual Arts Administration events.