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National | “The Private Eye in Public Art” with Joyce Pomeroy Schwartz & Lowery Stokes Sims

September 13, 2023 | 6:00 pm 8:00 pm

Beyond a traditional book launch, spend an evening with two leading lights of the art world, Joyce Pomeroy Schwartz and Lowery Stokes Sims. Their foundational contributions to ArtTable and the art community cannot be overstated; you won’t want to miss this chance to dive into their professional expertise, stories, and unique perspectives as they discuss Pomeroy Schwartz’s 2023 book The Private Eye in Public Art. Joyce will honor ArtTable’s founder, Lila Harnett, (in absentia) and foundational members Carole Morgan and Randy Rosen.

Our zoom guests will be with us for the interview; our in-person guests are welcome to network from 6-6:30 and enjoy wine and light bites—with gratitude to Joyce for hosting! (If you’re in the Washington, DC area, you can join your DC Chapter for a watch party—see below.)

The Private Eye in Public Art, “is an indispensable guide to the perils, pains, and pleasures of making art for architecture, how people respond to that art, and how and why that reception may change over time. This book is for all who are involved in the creation, exhibition, and preservation of contemporary public art: artists, selection committees, scholars, students, art professionals, and the wider public.”

“I have known Joyce for a long time―since 1972, when there was a glass ceiling for working women―but not for Joyce. She joined the Pace Gallery as Director of Commissions, helping artists realize their works of public art―and cracked her way through that ceiling. When I founded ArtTable, the leadership organization for professional women in the visual arts, Joyce came aboard, and to this day she is a member of that team.” ―Lila Harnett, Founder, ArtTable

Bring your own book

For our in-person guests: this event is Bring-Your-Own-Book! Joyce would be delighted to sign your copy of The Private Eye in Public Art if you would be so kind as to bring it with you. You can purchase it on Amazon (faster delivery) or from the publisher, Oro Editions.

In-Person in NYC

*We now have a waiting list! Please click “register here” to add your name, and we will notify you if there are cancellations. You can also register for the zoom program below.*

  • ArtTable Members – $25
  • Guests – $35
  • Public $40

Not a member? Join today!

Join us Virtually on Zoom

The interview starts at 6:30 pm Eastern, 5:30 pm Central, 4:30 pm Mountain, 3:30 pm Pacific

  • ArtTable Members, Guests, and Public—optional donation appreciated!

Join the Washington, DC Chapter’s Watch Party!

Join Washington, DC ArtTable Chapter members to socialize, connect, and watch the livestream of Joyce & Lowery’s interview together!

• ArtTable Members and Guests—optional donation appreciated!

This program is supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Joyce Pomeroy Schwartz photo below: Costas Picadas.
Lowery Stokes Simms photo below: Grace Roselli, Pandora’s BoxX Project.

West 54th St. or Zoom

New York,

Joyce Pomeroy Schwartz is a curator, lecturer and public art consultant with a unique concentration in public art policy, modern and contemporary art for architecture and the landscape in the broader context of cultural, urban and environmental revitalization. In 1968-1971 she founded “The Photographer’s Gallery,” the first gallery in New York City exhibiting photography as fine art. She was Director of Commissions at Pace Gallery in New York from 1972-1982, implementing public sculpture projects with Pace artists. In 1982 Joyce founded “Works of Art for Public Spaces, Ltd.”, dedicated to working with American and International artists creating major works of Art for Architecture. She recently established the Harold and Joyce Pomeroy Schwartz “Archives of Public Art” at the Fales Special Collections/NYU Bobst Library, of artists’ monographs, photographs and papers available for public art historical research. It now includes the archives of the Public Art fund and Creative Time. She is also one of the founding board members of ARTTABLE.

Lowery Stokes Sims served on the education and curatorial staff of The Metropolitan Museum of Art (1972-99), as executive director and president The Studio Museum in Harlem (2000-2007) and retired as Curator Emerita from the Museum of Art and Design (2007-2015). She has been an independent curator and consultant for the Caribbean Cultural Center, the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Craft Contemporary, Grounds for Sculpture, the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Center for Art, Design & Visual Culture, University of Maryland,
Baltimore County. She was Visiting Professor at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University (2018-2020) and the 2021-22 Kress-Beinecke Professor at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. She is also one of the founding board members of ARTTABLE. Met Stories | Curator and Art Historian | Lowery Stokes Sims.

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