Visual Arts Administration Events

MA 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 tone of three student-run organizations, ACE (Advocates for Cultural Engagement), The Art Finance Society, or "Other Content," a curatorial collective. Events and colloquia are a joint effort between the Visual Arts Administration faculty and students. As a result, these events and colloquia 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.

Upcoming Events

Fact or Fiction: Social Media in the Art World

February 1, 6-8pm
Barney Building: Einstein Auditorium
34 Stuyvesant Street

How has social media affected the art world? What are the challenges associated with integrating social media into an organization’s communications strategy, when the industry is based on in-person, personal experiences?

This discussion will provide an overview of pros and cons of social media in the art world. Panelists include Nora Gomez-Strauss, Director of Digital Strategies at Public Art Fund, Stephanie Strasnick, Social Media Strategist and Freelance Arts Writer, and Molly Taylor, Director of Press, Marketing & Events at Paul Kasmin Gallery. The discussion will be moderated by Andi Harris, Senior Account Executive at FITZ & CO. and a MA Visual Arts Administration student.

The Social Role of Art

February 22, 6:30-8:30
Barney Building: Einstein Auditorium
34 Stuyvesant Street

The 21st Century marks a new era for the arts, a hyper-social era. Thanks to the growth of technology, human beings are more connected than ever; news concerning global events is literally at the fingertips of all sorts of people from different backgrounds, communities and viewpoints, and involve all aspects of society including visual arts. This evening’s colloquium, The Social Role of Art, asks the questions: How does art play an active role in ameliorating social issues? And in what ways can visual art and culture take part in everyday society?

To answer these points, Paulina Fuentes and Briana Zimmerman have invited two New York based non-profits, Art Space Sanctuary and Young New Yorkers, to speak to NYU’s VAA students. Both organizations use the visual arts in very different ways to combat today’s most important socio-political issues and allow us to see how they impact our local communities, and beyond, firsthand. Since our shared humanity is more apparent than ever, we hope this colloquium will help us to uncover how art can play a role in changing the world. Organized by Paulina Fuentes and Briana Zimmerman, NYU Visual Arts Administration MA Students (2020 and 2019 respectively).

Talk on ATLAS UNLIMITED

April 12, 7pm
Barney Building: Einstein Auditorium
34 Stuyvesant Street

Since 2011, visual artist Karthik Pandian and choreographer Andros Zins-Browne have been exploring the image of revolution in the wake of the Arab Spring. Their talk will discuss their ongoing project, ATLAS UNLIMITED, a cumulative series of institutional solo exhibitions that combine sculpture and storytelling to trace the flows of people, art, and artifacts across geographies and cultures. Exploring the architecture of motivating, directing and surviving movement, Zins-Browne and Pandian will reflect on political and aesthetic narratives of movement that run through their cumulative installation. Their forthcoming exhibition at 80 Washington Square East will open September 2019. Organized by Nicola Lees, Director of 80WSE Gallery.

RECENT EVENTS – FALL 2018

Friday, November 9, COLLOQUIUM
Blockchain, Contracts, and Artist's Participation in Markets, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Einstein Auditorium, Barney Building, 34 Stuyvesant Street.

In the past year, blockchain technology has pervaded the art world, and many panels and
symposia have explored the application of blockchain technologies to the sale of artworks. The
distributed ledger structure of the blockchain offers compelling use cases in provenance and
authentication, while potentially disrupting (or complementing) existing norms around privacy
or opacity of information. This panel explores the impact of blockchain from an artist's point of
view, especially in light of digital-native artworks. Despite the newness of blockchain's
adoption in the arts, in fact efforts by artists to initiate contracts and to participate in markets
have a longer history. We will explore these questions with speakers including: 

Kevin McCoy, Associate Professor of Art and Art Education at NYU, and co-founder of
Monegraph
Abraham Milano, Chief Technology Officer of Dada. NYC
Angela Redai, Vice-President of Art Strategy for Portion.io and art attorney
Lauren van Haaften-Schick, Ph.D. candidate at Cornell and expert in the Seth Siegelaub
Artist's and Contract
Moderator: Amy Whitaker, Assistant Professor of VAA

Organized by the Art Finance Society, Lindsay Waterbury and Yelena Liepelt, co-chairs, with
Amy Whitaker, faculty advisor.

Friday, September 21: COLLOQUIUM
Advocating for Cultural Equity, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Einstein Auditorium, Barney Building, 34 Stuyvesant Street.

What does ‘cultural equity’ mean? What are the challenges involved in establishing a robust
and equitable cultural policy? The discussion will include an overview of NYC’s Department
of Cultural Affairs recent “Create NYC” plan and its response “The People’ Cultural Plan.”
Moderated by Melissa Rachleff Burtt, Associate Professor, NYU VAA MA Program, with
panelists Harry Burke, artist and critic, and Maia Chao and Josephine Devanbu, artists involved
with cultural equity, cofounders of “Look At Art. Get Paid,” in Providence, RI

Visual Arts Administration Events Archive

See an archive of past Visual Arts Administration events.