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Sunday, September 17, 2017

SOLD OUT - NEW YORK I Salon Dinner with Helen Toomer and Leah Dixon

Date(s): September 17, 2017

Time: 6:30 PM  EST - 9:00 PM  EST

Williamsburg, Brooklyn (exact address will be provided upon registration)




Join ArtTable for a networking salon dinner in the Williamsburg home of member Helen Toomer. 
In addition to a casual dinner, Helen and artist-in-residence Leah Dixon will discuss nurturing artists through alternative spaces from their experiences at STONELEAF RETREAT and Beverly's. 
Set on over 20 acres in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York, STONELEAF RETREAT aims to provide a warm and welcoming place for people to connect, collaborate and share with each other and our neighboring communities. As an extension of the retreat, STONELEAF RESIDENCY provides a home for artists, for short, but immersive, periods of time.

Helen Toomer is Co-Founder and Artistic Director of STONELEAF RETREAT and STONELEAF RESIDENCY. She is an Adjunct Professor at Sotheby's Institute for Art, teaching Social Media and Marketing of the Arts and The Business of Art Fairs as part of the Art Business Masters program. Helen is the former Director of PULSE Contemporary Art Fair, which she lead for three and a half years and originated the year-round events initiative PULSE360. Prior to this, Helen was the Director of Collective Design Fair which she helped launch in New York in 2013. Helen has guest lectured at New York Academy of the Arts, Bournemouth Arts University, Pratt Institute and Christie's Education, taken part in panel discussions with The Barnes Foundation, 21c Museum Hotel Group, Soho House, NeueHouse and Artsy, and previously taught at the Fashion Institute of Technology. In 2011 she co-founded and managed a contemporary art gallery, toomer labzda, which focused on emerging artists, in the Lower East Side of New York and closed in 2013. Toomer graduated with a Bachelors in Fine Arts from the Arts institute of Bournemouth, England.

Leah Dixon i
s an artist working in sculpture, performance, and social architectural interventions. She lives and works in New York City and Berlin. Dixon builds her sculptures completely by hand, and often works site-specifically. Her work address
es labor, formalism, and social geometry via sculpture and interactive spaces. Leah's projects are often durational, culminating in interactions with constructed physical objects and architectures. Her work responds to inconsistencies that have shaped the consumption of socio-political events as an American woman. Dixon reconfigures monuments-- questioning ideas that have been obscured by nostalgia, nationalism, and propaganda. She works as a one-woman making machine, designing, hand-cutting, arranging, sanding, and warping materials. Dixon’s work is often interactive- referencing games, toys, and public meeting places, as she invites the audience to playfully engage and protest these perceived ideological mistranslations.

, Leah began and currently co-owns a bar and curatorial platform in the Lower East Side/Chinatown called Beverly’s. The bureaucracy and pace involved in running a ground-floor, seven days a week business in Lower Manhattan, led her to further examine her understanding of events, as a young adult who formulated a worldview in a media-saturated America. 

Thank you to Helen Toomer hosting ArtTable and to Leah Dixon for her participation in this program.

Image credits:   Studio barns at STONELEAF RETREAT, and Leah Dixon, 'I Invented the Wheel- Apparatus’ 2017 (wood, plastic, metal, implied performance) dimensions variable

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