Faculty

MA in Visual Arts Administration

Faculty

Sandra Lang

Director and Full-Time Faculty, sandra.lang@nyu.edu

Sandra Lang has extensive experience in both non-profit and for-profit organizations. Formerly Administrative Director, Art Advisory Service, The Museum of Modern Art, and Executive Director, Independent Curators International. She has advised corporations and not-for-profit organizations on administrative, programmatic and fundraising issues including strategic plans, policy and procedures, exhibition development and tours, acquisitions and commissions of art, feasibility studies, communications programs, budgeting and contracts.

Melissa Rachleff Burtt

Full-Time Faculty, mjr2007@nyu.edu

Melissa Rachleff Burtt spent 8 years as a program officer at the New York State Council on the Arts. She was associate curator at Exit Art and head of adult and community programs at the Brooklyn Museum. She has written on the subject of photography, art, and art management for a variety of publications. She is an alumna of the ICP MA Program at NYU and  received her B.S. degree in Art and Design from Drexel University. She was a scholar in residence at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture under the auspices of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and received a research grant from the Smithsonian Institution in collaboration with the African American museum project. Recently, Rachleff Burtt received a Steinhardt Faculty Challenge Grant for a collaborative study at the Bronx Museum of the Arts. Her essay, "Do It Yourself: A History of Alternatives" appeared in Alternative Histories: New York Art Spaces, 1960-2010, published by MIT Press, fall 2012. She is the curator of “Inventing Downtown, a recent exhibition at NYU’s Grey Art Gallery which has been received with great acclaim.

Amy Whitaker

Full-Time Faculty, amy.whitaker@nyu.edu

Amy teaches and writes at the intersection of art, design, and business. She holds both an MBA from Yale University and an MFA in painting from the University College London. She started her career in art museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim, and the Tate, before going to work for the investment firm D.E. Shaw & Co., L.P., and the start-up Locus Analytics. From 2011 until 2015, Amy was a full-time member of the Art Business faculty at the Sotheby’s Institute. She has also taught at Williams College, the Rhode Island School of Design, the School of Visual Arts, and California College of the Arts.  She is the author of Museum Legs (Hol Art Books, 2009) and Art Thinking (Harper Business, 2016), and co-author of The Social Life of Artistic Property (Publication Studio, 2014). Amy received the 2012 Sarah Verdone Writing Award from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. From 2013 until 2016, she served as president of POWarts, the Professional Organization for Women in the Arts. She has advised artists and designers on business strategy for LMCC, the TED Fellows, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, and the New Museum Incubator, where Amy was an entrepreneur-in-residence from 2015 until 2016.

Carlo M. Lamagna

Part-Time Faculty for Global Programs

Carlo Lamagna is an art historian of modern and contemporary art and material culture, a former art museum curator (DeCordova Museum, MA), gallerist (Carlo Lamagna Gallery, NYC), independent curator, and corporate curator (Best Products Company, VA). He is a current board member of the Committee on Museum Professional Training, a professional network of the American Alliance of Museums; an immediate past board member of the Association of Arts Administration Educators; and Vice President of Trademark West!, a New York-based historic preservation advocacy organization.  Formerly Director, Visual Arts Administration M.A. Program 1991-1998, and Chair, Department of Art and Art Professions, 1997-2005. Prof. Lamagna has collaborated on, created, and led study abroad programs in the management of cultural institutions in the Netherlands, Paris, and Berlin (since 1994), and the exhibition and display of art and material culture in London (since 2007). He is academic co-director for the International Leadership Program in Visual Arts Management, a collaboration among NYU Steinhardt; the Deusto Business School, University of Deusto, Bilbao; and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.

RoseLee Goldberg

Part-Time Faculty

RoseLee Goldberg is an art historian, author, critic and curator. She is the author of Performance Art: From Futurism to the Present (Thames & Hudson, 2011), a key text for teaching performance in universities. Throughout her career, Goldberg has established new models for exhibiting modern and contemporary performance and organized exhibitions. As curator at the Kitchen in New York, she presented works by Laurie Anderson, Phillip Glass, and Meredith Monk, and curated the first solo exhibitions of Robert Longo, David Salle, and Cindy Sherman. Goldberg has created performance series for The Museum of Modern Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and is a frequent contributor to Artforum. She is the author of Performance: Live Art Since 1960 (Abrams, 1998), Laurie Anderson (Abrams, 2000) and Shirin Neshat (Charta, 2002). In 2004, Goldberg founded PERFORMA, a non-profit multi-disciplinary arts organization for the research, development, and presentation of 21st Century visual art performance. She received her degree at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London.

Noreen Ahmad

Noreen Ahmad currently works as a Company Director for Sutton specializing in strategic communications and marketing and development initiatives for a broad range of institutions, clients and cultural organizations. Before joining Sutton, Noreen launched Third Eye and was an Assistant Director at FITZ & CO where she was responsible for company communications, events, audience development, cohesive marketing and messaging platforms. Noreen has also held key positions at LaPlaca Cohen and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Noreen belongs to a number of patrons groups throughout New York City, chairs the Young Collectors Council at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and serves on the board of Independent Curators International (ICI). Noreen graduated from New York University with a Masters in Visual Arts Administration and Northwestern University with a Bachelors of Science.

Victoria Brooks

Victoria Brooks is a curator and producer based in upstate New York. She is curator of time-based visual art at EMPAC / Rensselaer, chair of the Contemporary Curatorial Workshop at the Williams Graduate Program in the History of Art, and makes films with the research and production collective Thirteen Black Cats. She has commissioned and produced major new works in the expanded field of visual arts, moving image and performance for art institutions, cinemas, festivals, television and radio worldwide with artists such as Tarek Atoui, Charles Atlas, Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener, Martine Syms, Wu Tsang, Rosa Barba, Ephraim Asili, Laure Prouvost, Oraib Toukan + Ala Younis, A.K. Burns, Patricia L. Boyd, Lucy Raven, Cally Spooner, Boudry/Lorenz, and Agnès Varda among others.

Sarah Calderon

Sarah Calderon is the Managing Director of ArtPlace America. Previously, Sarah Calderon was the Executive Director of Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education (Bronx, NY) from 2008-2015. During her tenure, she has overseen the opening of a new, 90,000-square-foot facility for the Center's arts and education programming and developed partnerships with organizations ranging from Lincoln Center to the NYC Housing Authority. Before joining Casita, Sarah founded and ran Stickball Printmedia Arts in East Harlem, a printmaking and digital arts organization for youth. Prior to that she was with the NYC Department of Education creating the Annual Arts in Schools Report - a data collection, analysis, and reporting effort for arts education in NYC's public schools, and at MPR Associates working as a consultant, managing research and evaluation projects from design through publication. Sarah has also worked as a teaching artist in Chicago, Oakland and New York City. Sarah holds a BFA in printmaking and a BA in psychology from the University of Michigan; and an M.Ed. in arts education from Harvard University.

Valentina Castellani

Valentina Castellani grew up in Turin, Italy where she graduated magna cum laude in Greek Archaeology and History of Art at the University of Turin. In 1997, she began working for Sotheby’s in London as an expert in the Contemporary Art Department. She continued to work for Sotheby’s as a deputy director in New York, and in 2005 joined Gagosian Gallery as a director. At Gagosian she organized and curated a number of highly acclaimed exhibitions, including Pablo Picasso Mosqueteros (New York 2009); Francis Bacon: Late Work (2015); and Piero Manzoni: A Retrospective (New York, 2009) with Germano Celant, which won the Art Awards for Best Exhibition of the year in a commercial gallery. In addition to her involvement in exhibitions, she actively worked in the secondary market, outsourcing important works of art from European collections. In 2014, the Society of Foreign Consuls in New York recognized her for outstanding achievements and contributions in Community Empowerment. Since 2016, she has worked as an independent dealer. Among her new activities, she is collaborating with Levy-Gorvy gallery in promoting the work of Carol Rama. She sits on the board of the Casa Italiana of NYU and of the Drawing Center of New York.

Arthur Cohen

Arthur Cohen is CEO of LaPlaca Cohen, a New York-based international marketing consultancy serving the cultural community. LaPlaca Cohen's recent projects include the opening of the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia; the opening of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas; the market survey for the proposed Guggenheim Museum in Helsinki; and the "My Met" campaign for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. LaPlaca Cohen is also the creator of "Culture Track", which is the largest ongoing market research study of the American cultural consumer. Cohen is a graduate of Harvard Business School, the University of Pennsylvania and the London School of Economics.

Michael Danoff

Michael Danoff has built contemporary art collections for art museums (four of which he directed), corporations and individuals, and continues to advise and lecture. He was director of the Art Program at Neuberger Berman and Senior Vice President, building an internationally renowned contemporary art collection. For Lehman Brothers he researched and acquired contemporary art globally in locations including Beijing, Dubai, Hong Kong, London, Mumbai, Paris, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo. Danoff has organized and co-organized many exhibitions, including the first one-person museum shows in the United States of artists such as Georg Baselitz, Daniel Buren, Peter Halley, Jeff Koons, and Gerhard Richter. He has published extensively, held faculty positions at Dickinson College and the University of Texas at Austin, and lectured at art museums, universities and art fairs internationally. Danoff has lectured on contemporary art and on collecting art at The Museum of Modern Art, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, Christie’s Education, 92YTribeca, Art Basel Miami, the Armory Show and Art Dubai. Danoff has a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D, the latter in humanities with a concentration in art history.

Alan Fausel

Alan Fausel is Director Emeritus of the Fine Art Department, Bonhams Auctioneers & Appraisers, New York and currently serves as the firm's representative for New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Formerly he was Senior Vice President, European and American Paintings at Doyle/New York Auctioneers and Appraisers. He was previously Curator at the The Frick Art Museum, Pittsburgh; Assistant Curator, European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco; and Director of Museum Services and European Paintings at Butterfield & Butterfield. He can frequently be seen as one of the appraisers on “Antiques Roadshow”.

Kendal Henry

Kendal Henry is Director of the Percent for Art Program in NYC’s Department of Cultural Affairs. He has over 20 years of experience working with cultural agencies domestically and abroad, including NYC’s DCA, New York State’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority Arts for Transit Program, the US Department of State in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, the Maribyrnong City Council in Melbourne, Australia, the NEA Our Town program for the city of Shreveport, LA, and as Director of Culture and Economic Development for the City of Newburgh, NY. In addition to his work fostering the arts through city-based initiatives, Henry also serves as a public art curator for CEC ArtsLink and has taught at the School of Visual Arts Summer Residency Program. He has served on boards for the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, the Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts and the West Harlem Art Fund.

Shelley Sanders Kehl

Shelley Sanders Kehl is a full-time legal practitioner in private practice with a focus on employment and non-profit corporate work. Her prior positions include General Counsel and Secretary at Pratt University, and Associate, Proskauer Rose Goetz & Mendelsohn.

Sandy Lee

Sandy Lee has a background in both finance and the arts. Across disciplines, she possesses interest in themes of global exchange and shifts in materials, processes, and technology. Within finance, Sandy has worked extensively with institutions, pension plans, and private investors on alternative investments. She is a co-founder and principal of Eight Seven Capital. She has also worked at the D. E. Shaw group and Morgan Stanley.

Sandy serves on the board of the Joan Mitchell Foundation, where she advises on the finance and investing activities of the artist-endowed foundation. She received a BA in History from Yale University and an MA in the History of Design and Curatorial Studies from the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and Parsons School of Design, where she has taught design history.

Aviva Lehman

Aviva Lehmann joined Heritage Auctions as Director of American Art in 2013, after fourteen years in the auction industry. Ms. Lehmann previously served as Vice President, Specialist in the American Art department at Christie’s, where she was instrumental in establishing dozens of auction records in virtually every category of American Art. While directing their mid-season auctions in 2004-6 she doubled the value of these sales. Additionally, Ms. Lehmann has lectured on American Art at museums and institutions throughout the country. Prior to her tenure at Christie’s, Ms. Lehmann worked for two years as Assistant Curator of Judaica at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. Ms. Lehmann graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from Yeshiva University.

Elizabeth Marcus

Elizabeth Marcus is an art historian and Associate Director at Galerie St. Etienne, New York. She is also Assistant Professor at Pratt Institute. Prior positions include research associate at The Cooper-Hewitt Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and faculty at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, New York.

Bob Monk

Bob Monk is a director at Gagosian Gallery. He began his career at Leo Castelli Gallery and went on to have his own gallery, Lorence Monk, before working as a director at Sotheby’s. Additionally, Bob has been involved in many Gagosian publications. Bob serves as a board member for the International Print Center New York.

Sam Morse

Sam Morse is the president and co-founder of South Side Design & Building in Brooklyn, NY. South Side works with museums and the arts community bringing exhibits to life as designers, fabricators, and construction consultants. For over 10 years, Sam has been working with museum and gallery directors, curators, architects and designers to make their ideas take shape in reality.

Kirsten Munro

Kirsten Munro has nearly 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector, with a strong track record in developing and identifying funding for strategic institutional programming, and with a focus on international cultural exchange. She is currently Director of Development at Baryshnikov Arts Center.  Previously, she was Director of Grants at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) where her work included large-scale special projects such as Muslim Voices: Arts and Ideas (2009); Si Cuba, (2011); and a partnership with the U. S. Department of State, DanceMotion USASM. She served as the Project Manager for a cultural exchange partnership with the Mikhail Prokhorov Fund, TransCultural Express: Russian and American Arts Today. She is also an executive producer of The Earth Moves: a documentary about Einstein on the Beach, currently in production. Kirsten has held previous strategic development positions at Brooklyn Botanical Garden, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, as well as managed Czech and Slovak cultural and educational exchange programs at the Foundation for a Civil Society. Prior to working in development, she taught English in the Czech Republic. She was a founding board member of Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre, and currently serves on its Advisory Board. Kirsten attended the London School of Economics and Pomona College.

MaryLouise Napier

MaryLouise has been a fine arts museum professional at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in New York City for over 20 years. She started her career at the museum in the Directors Office but moved to the technical side where she worked as a registrar and remained for over a decade. In 2004, she rejoined the Director’s Office as the Deputy Chief of staff and worked on a wide variety of projects across the museum platform including a number of feasibility studies for countries interested in building major art museums. As the Guggenheim’s Director of Registration, MaryLouise oversees all artwork movement, storage, packing, handling, and insurance for the Museum¹s permanent collection of over 7000 artworks, as well as the more than 500 loaned artworks in the Guggenheim’s care in the iconic Frank Lloyd Wright building in New York and traveling abroad, including to the Guggenheim Museums in Bilbao, Spain and Venice, Italy, and the future Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Stephen Rosenberg

Stephen Rosenberg founded his contemporary art gallery (Stephen Rosenberg Fine Art, later Rosenberg + Kaufman Fine Art) in 1983. The gallery focused on American and international painting, works on paper and photography and worked with national and international clients. The gallery was in continuous operation until 2006. As an educator, he has been a speaker/lecturer to art school, university, museum and corporate audiences for the past fifteen years on topics such as what contemporary art dealers really do, how to build private and corporate art collections, developing artist's careers, speaking on a variety of legal, strategic and market issues in the contemporary art world. Rosenberg is the former Director of the Masters Program in Art Business at Sotheby's Institute of Art, New York and lectures at Pratt Institute. He is currently a private dealer in the primary and secondary art markets, an art advisor and an appraiser. Rosenberg is a former litigating attorney and a social policy consultant to government bodies, private and corporate foundations and is a Board Member of El Leon Literary Arts.

Steven R. Schindler

Steven R. Schindleris one of the founding partners of Schindler Cohen & Hochman LLP.  Almost twenty years after it was founded, SC&H continues to earn its reputation as one of the City’s outstanding litigation and art law boutiques. In addition to being a senior member of the firm’s litigation practice, Steve also heads SC&H’s Art Law Group. This practice area combines SC&H’s formidable litigation expertise with a deep knowledge of the art market and its specific legal issues. Steve regularly advises art galleries, other art related businesses, collectors, artists, and not-for-profit corporations on transactional matters, such as the sale and acquisition of art and their relationships with dealers, banks and auction houses, and has litigated cases involving the authenticity, title, provenance and appraisals of art. Steve is Chair of the Art Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association and is co-president of the board of Artists Space, whose mission is to encourage diversity and experimentation in the arts and to provide an exhibition space for new art and artists. Steve often speaks on legal and industry sponsored panels relating to current topics in art law, and is the author of articles on art law including, TheRed Flags” Standard: Rationalizing ACA Galleries, Inc. v. Kinney, International Foundation for Art Research Journal, Vol. 16, No. 4, 2016, Buyer Beware: Is There A Duty To Authenticate Art?, International Foundation For Art Research Journal, Vol. 15 Nos. 3 & 4, 2014; Role of Judges in Authenticating Art in United States and Europe, New York Law Journal, Sept. 15, 2014; Questioning ‘Cariou’ Rationale On Transformative Fair Use, New York Law Journal, Nov. 19, 2014.

Vida Schreibman

Vida Schreibman is Director, Cultural Destinations NYC, a customized educational art tour and advisory service serving foreign and domestic corporate, philanthropic, academic and alumni organizations.  Prior positions include directorships at Germans Van Eck Gallery, NY; Margulies Taplin Gallery, FL; and South Florida Art Center.

Gretchen Scott

Gretchen Scott is a marketing and social media strategist with nearly a decade of experience at three of New York City’s top art museums. In her current role as Director of Marketing at the New Museum, she leads strategy for all public-facing communications, including social media, advertising, and email. In her previous role overseeing social media for The Museum of Modern Art, Gretchen led content development and community engagement for an audience of over 7 million people. Prior to that, she worked in marketing at the Whitney Museum of American Art in the years leading up to their move to the Meatpacking District.

Alina Sumajin

Alina Sumajin is co-founder and principal of PAVE Communications & Consulting, a strategic communications agency based in New York. She has nearly 10 years of experience in cultural communications, and has developed an extensive network of media and professional relationships that span the visual and performing arts, design, and architecture. Prior to founding PAVE, Alina most recently served as a Vice President at Resnicow + Associates (R+A), the youngest team member to ascend to the position in that firm’s history. She has held positions in the publicity departments at Christie’s (New York), NYU Press, Workman Publishing, and the Wexner Center for the Arts. Alina holds a Masters degree in Visual Arts Administration from New York University and a Bachelor's degree in the History of Art and Journalism from Ohio State University.

Wendy Woon

Wendy Woon, The Edward John Noble Foundation Deputy Director for Education at the Museum of Modern Art, has over 26 years of award-winning experience in museum education. She oversees all educational departments at MoMA. She has worked at a variety of museums in both Canada and the United States including The London Regional Children’s Museum, the Royal Ontario Museum, the Art Gallery of Hamilton and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago as well as consulting for museums privately. She has curated numerous historical and contemporary international exhibitions and presented on panels and in talks internationally.

Alice Zimet

Alice Sachs Zimet is Founder and President of Arts + Business Partnerships LLC, a consulting group with a focus on corporate sponsorship marketing. During nearly 20 years at The Chase Manhattan Bank, Ms Zimet created the first Cultural Affairs Marketing Group in a commercial bank. Recent client assignments include: American Express, Fleet Bank, International Center of Photography, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Sephora USA, U.S. Department of State and the Arts & Business Council, Inc. Alice is a member of the Collections Committee of the Harvard University Art Museums.