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ArtTable began documenting the knowledge and accomplishments of women leaders in the visual arts with our Oral History Project. This documentation continues today with ArtTable's documentation of our content-based programming with women artists, leading curators, academics, and critics; the speeches and special interviews we conduct in print and video with honorees at our annual benefit; and the videos we are creating by recording ArtTable's panels and programs.

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Video Speeches
Keynote Address 2016
Joan Shigekawa, former acting chairman National Endowment for the Arts
and Mariko Silverpresident Bennington College

Distinguished Service to the Visual Art Award Acceptance Speech 2016
Marieluise Hessel, collector and philanthropist with the Distinguished Service to the Visual Arts Award (DSVA) with an introduction by Tom Eccles, executive director, Center for Curatorial Studies and Hessel Museum of Art Bard College

Written Interviews/Speeches
Marguerite Steed Hoffman,civic leader, philanthropist and collector
Interviewed by Ada Ciniglio, ArtTable executive director, 2014

Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, collector and philanthropist
Interviewed by Ada Ciniglio, 2013

Amy Sadao, director, Institute of Contemporary Art, New Leadership Award Acceptance Speech, 2014
Karen Brooks Hopkins, president, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Keynote Address, 2014
Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, collector and philanthropist,DSVA Acceptance Speech, 2013
Kathy Halbreich, associate director, Museum of Modern ArtKeynote Address, 2013

ArtTable Annual Leadership Series
ArtTable at the New School: New Visions, New Voices 
ArtTable at the New School: Arts Partnerships and the Transformation of Cities
ArtTable at the New School: Reaction + Action in the Art World 


Lowery Stokes Sims, curator emerita, Museum of Art and Design

Sara Raza, Guggenheim UBS MAP curator, Middle East and North Africa at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Marieluise Hesselcollector and philanthropist
Mariko Silver,
president Bennington College + Joan Shigekawaformer acting chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts
Sara Raza, Guggenheim UBS MAP curator, Middle East and North Africa at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Tom Eccels, executive director of The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College and Hessel Museum of Art

Sarah Douglas, culture editor, New York Observer
Teresita Fernandez, Artist
Kathy Halbreich, associate director, MoMA
Lila Harnett
, ArtTable Founder
Marguerite Steed Hoffman, collector, philanthropist, and civic leader
Karen Brooks Hopkins, president, Brooklyn Academy of Music
Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, collector and philanthropist
Amy Sadao, director, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania

ArtTable Annual Leadership Series at The New School

Organized by ArtTable and co-presented by the Vera List Center for Art and Politics and The New School, these annual public forums feature distinguished rosters of speakers and commentators who discuss relevant and emerging issues for those working in arts and culture.

ArtTable at the New School | New Visions, New Voices | Monday, September 19, 2016

New Visions, New Voices, was the first inaugural program of the Annual Leadership at The New School, and organized by ArtTable and co-presented with the Vera List Center for Art and Politics and the New School. The program featured a panel discussion of by four women directors of art museums in four New York City’s boroughs.


The panel was moderated by co-chief art critic of The New York Times, Martha Schwendener and featured: 
Holly Block, executive director, The Bronx Museum of the Arts
Thelma Golden, director and chief curator, The Studio Museum in Harlem;
Anne Pasternak, Shelby White and Leon Levy Director, the Brooklyn Museum
Laura Raicovich, president and executive director, the Queens Museum. Moderated by 

ArtTable at the New School | Arts Partnerships and the Transformation of Cities | Monday, October 23, 2017

Arts Partnerships and the Transformation of Cities is the second in a series of annual public programs organized by ArtTable and co-presented with the Vera List Center for Art and Politics, the Center for New York City Affairs, and The New School. The discussion focused on the vital role of the visual arts in a city’s overall future. The panel brought together six distinguished women who have worked to design and establish partnerships and programs that bring artists and artistic activity into dialogue with community authorities and the private sector.


The panel was moderated by 
Christy MacLear, Art Agency, Partners and featured:
Laurie Beckelman, The Shed
Sarah Calderon, Art Place America
Eva Franch i Gilabert, Storefront for Art and Architecture
Deborah Rappaport, Minnesota Street Project 
Regina R. Smith, Kresge Foundation.

ArtTable at the New School | Reaction + Action in the Art World  | Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Reaction + Action in the Art World, ArtTable's third annual leadership series, features a discussion of top arts professionals at the forefront of creative and civic engagement to discuss their experiences with radical resistance and process.

The panel was moderated by Jessica L. Porter, executive director of ArtTable, and featured:
Tiana Webb Evans, founder and director, ESP Public Relations
Carin Kuoni, director and chief curator, Vera List Center for Art and Politics
Monica O. Montgomery, cofounder and strategic director, Museum Hue
Sable Elyse Smith, interdisciplinary artist
Allison Freedman Weisberg, founder and executive director, Recess.

24th Annual Benefit | Interviews
During our 24th Annual Benefit and Award Ceremony on
April 6, 2017, we interviewed our honorees and presenters about their successes, the art world, women's leadership, and more:

Lowery Stokes Sims,  c
urator emerita, Museum of Art and Design 

Sara RazaGuggenheim UBS MAP curator, Middle East and North Africa at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

23rd Annual Benefit | Interviews
During our 23rd Annual Benefit and Award Ceremony on May 6, 2016, we interviewed our VIPs about their successes, their advice to young women starting out, the art world, women's leadership, and more:

Marieluise Hessel, collector and philanthropist 

Mariko Silverpresident Bennington College + Joan Shigekawa, former acting chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts  

Sara RazaGuggenheim UBS MAP curator, Middle East and North Africa at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Tom Ecclesexecutive director of The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College and Hessel Museum of Art

23rd Annual Benefit Speeches
Marieluise Hessel, the 2016 recipient of our Distinguished Service to the Visual Arts Award, introduced by longtime friend and executive director of CCS at Bard College, Tom Eccles

Joan Shigekawa, former acting chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, gave a heartwarming introduction for her daughter, Mariko SilverPresident of Bennington College who went on to deliever our 2016 Keynote Address. 

21st Annual Benefit Interviews
During our 21st Annual Benefit and Award Ceremony on April 25th, 2014, we interviewed our VIPs about their successes, their advice to young women starting out, the art world, women's leadership, and more:
Philanthropist, collector, and civic leader Marguerite Steed Hoffman, recipient of ArtTable's 2014 Distinguished Service to the Visual Arts Award
Brooklyn Academy of Music president Karen Brooks Hopkins, our 2014 Keynote Speaker
Amy Sadao,the Daniel W. Dietrich, II Director of the Institute of Contemporary Art/University of Pennsylvania  ArtTable's 2014 New Leadership Awardee

20th Annual Benefit Interviews
During our 20th Annual Benefit and Award Ceremony, we interviewed our VIPs about their successes, their advice to young women starting out, the art world, women's leadership, and more:

Lila Harnett, ArtTable Founder

Kathy Halbreich, associate director, MoMA
Sarah Douglas, culture editor, New York Observer

Teresita Fernandez, Artist

Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, collector and philanthropist

Panel Discussions 

White Cube: The Future of the Art Gallery |  July17, 2015 | Samuel Freeman Gallery |  Los Angeles 

The panel explored the evolving roles, business models and strategies of mid-size art galleries, which are currently being squeezed by the shifting economy and the proliferation of competing art sales platforms. Drawing upon their varied professional experiences, the panelists considered the impact art fairs, auction houses and online retailers are having upon on the brick-and-mortar art gallery. Among the questions addressed: what strategies might galleries adopt not only to survive, but flourish in the art world of today?  

Moderated by renowned arts writer, Jori Finkel, will consist of two gallery owners and representatives from a leading art fair, auction house and online retailer

Mark Moore, Principal, Mark Moore Gallery
Susanne Vielmetter, Owner and Director of Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects
Tim Fleming, Director, Art Los Angeles Contemporary Art Fair
Melanie Edmunds, Gallery Relations Manager, Artsy, Los Angeles
Saara Pritchard, Post-War and Contemporary Art Specialist, Christie’s, New York

"ArtTable Talks" Series
Three part panel series in Los Angeles addresses the dynamic changes, new opportunities and significant challenges ongoing in the visual arts community today.
 ArtTable Talks Tech: Institutions March 26, 2014 
The first panel in this series explored how technology is affecting curatorial content, engagement and communication within institutions and in relation to the museums' audience and supporters. 
The panel was moderated by Susana Bautista, Deputy Director of the Pacific-Asia Museum and author of the recently published book, "Museums in the Digital Age."
Panelists include
  • Amy Heibel, Vice President, Technology, Web and Digital Media at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
  • Emma Reeves, Creative Director MOCAtv
  • Sarah Stifler, Director of Communications at the UCLA Hammer Museum.


The second panel answered the questions: how is technology changing the way art is being bought and sold globally? What distinguishes the various platforms? Who is benefitting? How is success measured? 

The panel was moderated by Sara Fitzmaurice, President and Founder of FITZ & CO, the international strategic communications, social media, events and marketing firm specializing in contemporary arts and culture.
  • Chris Vroom, Founder, Head of Artist, Gallery and Institutional Relations at Artspace Marketplace
  • Melanie Edmunds, Gallery Liaison, handing Artsy's West Coast and Southwest gallery and art fair partnerships and business development
  • Nino Meir, Collector and Art Advisor who uses Instagram as his platform
Los Angeles County consists of multiple incorporated cities that have their own Cultural Affairs Departments. The third panel addressed topics including: What visual arts projects are currently in place and how are they supported and created? What civic issues are currently affecting the development of new visual arts projects? How do these projects impact the quality of life in the community and how can interested citizens and ArtTable members participate? 
The Southern California Chapter is pleased to have among its membership distinguished administrators of Cultural Arts programs. The panel is moderated by Laura Zucker, Executive Director, Los Angeles County Arts Commission.
Panelists include:
  • Rochelle Branch, Cultural Affairs Manager, City of Pasadena
  • Christine Byers, Public Art and Historic Preservation Coordinator, City of Culver City
  • Jessica Cusick, Cultural Affairs Manager, City of Santa Monica
  • Eve Rappoport, Cultural Services Manager, City of Torrance
Artist Talks

  Artist Breakfasts Series

ArtTable's artnet Artist Breakfasts are a series of conversations with artists hosted in partnership with artnet. These intimate monthly breakfasts, hosted each month in the historic Woolworth Building in New York City, feature leading figures in the visual arts in discussion with curators, academics, and critics.

artists: Eleanor Antin |  Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons |  Orly Genger | Vintage Guerilla Girls Kimsooja | Liza Lou | Wangetchi Mutu | Laurie Simmons | Swoon Mierle Laderman Ukeles | Kate Gilmore | Paula Hayes Roz Chast | Louise Fishman
Eleanor Antin | November 13, 2013 
This breafast featured artist Eleanor Antin in conversation with curator Emily Liebert. Eleanor Antin is one of the preeminent female artists of our time, using her remarkably diverse practice of performance, film, installation, drawing, writing and photography to explore the nuances of gender, race and identity. Emily Liebert is a Curatorial Assistant at the MoMA in the Department of Painting and Sculpture. She recently completed a Ph.D. at Columbia University in the Department of Art History and Archaeology. Her dissertation, "Roles Recast: Eleanor Antin and the 1970s," is the first monographic study of the artist. Liebert is also the curator of a related exhibition, Multiple Occupancy: Eleanor Antin's "Selves," which is currently on view at Columbia's Wallach Art Gallery before traveling to the ICA Boston.
Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons | September 18, 2013
This breakfast featured artist Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons in conversation with Rachel Weingeist and Selene Wendt. Campos-Pons is one of the most influential artists to emerge from Post-Revolutionary Cuba. Her practice builds upon a diverse range of media including photography, performance, multimedia installation, painting and sculpture. Campos-Pons' work is collected by major institutions in the US and abroad. Her work has been celebrated with numerous awards and has been included in top international venues such as The Venice Biennale, the Inaugural Liverpool Biennial, and Havana Biennial among others. 

Rachel Perera Weingeist is Senior Advisor at the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation and the founding director and curator of the 8th Floor, a non-commercial exhibition space inspired by the Shelley and Donald Rubin Private Collection.
Selene Wendt is an independent curator and founder of The Global Art Project, based in Oslo, Norway.
Orly Genger | June 19, 2013
This breakfast featured artist Orly Genger, whose piece "Red, Yellow and Blue" was installed in Madison Square Park. Orly was in conversation with Adam Glick, Assistant Director of Gallery Lelong and former Martin Friedman Curator of Mad. Sq. Art, Madison Square Park Conservancy.

The Vintage Guerilla Girls | May 22, 2013
This inaugural artnet Artist Breakfast featured the Vintage Guerrilla Girls in conversation with film maker, art critic and curator Amei Wallach.
Kimsooja | July 17, 2013
This breakfast featured artist Kimsooja in conversation with curator Jane Farver. Kimsooja's diverse practice combines performance, video, photo, site-specific installation, sound, light and bundles of Korean bedcovers to investigate issues of displacement, the self, and the human condition. Kimsooja transformed this year's Korean Pavilion at the Venice Biennale with 'To Breathe: Bottari', a transcendental installation.
Liza Lou | October 16, 2013
This breakfast featured artist Liza Lou. In addition to speaking about her mesmerizing new work Color Field at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Lou read from and discussed her book "Durban Diaries". The diaries chronicle her move from California to Durban, South Africa in 2005 and her experiences to date working with a collective of 30 Zulu artisans in creating her magnificent large-scale beaded works.
Wangechi Mutu | January 15, 2014
ArtTable's seventh artnet Artist Breakfast featured artist Wangechi Mutu in conversation with assistant professor and ArtTable member Courtney Martin. Mutu is a Kenyan-born artist currently residing in Brooklyn, New York. Her work is a visceral response to personal and social critiques of gender, culture, and mass media imagery. Exploring the female body as a site of engagement and provocation, her figures are lurking hybrids that possess an abject yet alluring beauty. Courtney J. Martin is an assistant professor in the History of Art and Architecture department at Brown University and the author of essays on the work of many contemporary artists, including Rasheed Araeen, Kader Attia, Rina Banerjee, Frank Bowling, Leslie Hewitt, Wangechi Mutu, Ed Ruscha and Yinka Shonibare.
Laurie Simmons | March 19, 2014
ArtTable's eighth artnet Artist Breakfast featured artist Laurie Simmons in conversation with Fabienne Stephan, Partner and Curatorial Director of Salon94. Simmons has been producing set-up photography since the late 1970s, depicting mannequins, dolls, and dummies in dreamlike, often eerie staged worlds to explore domesticity, gender roles, objectification, and the increasingly questionable space between animate and inanimate. Simmons discussed her new body of work and exhibition "Kigurumi, Dollers and How We See", open March 7th at Salon94, that uses Japanese Kigurami dolls to explore these themes on a human scale.

Swoon | June 18, 2014
Our ninth artnet Artist Breakfast featured artist Swoon. "Brooklyn-based artist Swoon celebrates everyday people and explores social and environmental issues with her signature paper portraits and figurative installations. She is best known for her large, intricately-cut prints wheat pasted to industrial buildings in Brooklyn and Manhattan," says the Brooklyn Museum, where Swoon's widely acclaimed Submerged Motherlands was installed. "For this exhibition, Swoon creates a site-specific installation in our rotunda gallery, transforming it into a fantastic landscape centering on a monumental sculptural tree with a constructed environment at its base, including sculpted boats and rafts, figurative prints and drawings, and cut paper foliage."
Mierle Laderman Ukeles | May 21, 2014
ArtTable's tenth artnet Artist Breakfast featured artist Mierle Laderman Ukeles in conversation with curator Kari Conte on the artists' forthcoming monograph Mierle Laderman Ukeles: Seven Work Ballets. The publication focuses on the artist's ballet works, and their proposals and realizations in the artist's words. These large-scale collaborative performances involved workers, trucks and barges and took place between 1983 and 2012 in Givors, Echigo-Tsumari, New York, Pittsburgh, and Rotterdam. This richly illustrated publication includes an interview with Shannon Jackson and Tom Finkelpearl, is edited and contains an essay by Kari Conte and is co-published by Sternberg Press, Kunstverein Amsterdam, Grazer Kunstverein and Krist Gruijthuijsen, in collaboration with Arnolfini and Ronald Feldman Fine Arts.

Louise Fishman | May 18, 2016
ArtTable's artist break series featured painter Louise Fishman, whose work was on view in Louise Fishman: A Retrospective at the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY, from April 3- July 31, 2016.Louise Fishman: A Retrospective was the first museum survey of this American painter and included a selection of more than fifty works created by the artist over almost fifty years. Fishman employs the formal language of Abstract Expressionism to create large-scale, gestural abstractions that share the physicality, dynamism, and emotional power of that movement, yet lack the bravado. Fishman’s work is also informed by a feminist perspective and aspects of her Jewish background. An illustrated monograph, published by DelMonico Books/Prestel, accompanied the show.