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1997 Panel Archive


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Date: 1997-01-17
Title: From Galleries to Salons - The New Wavw?
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Moderator: Molly Barnes, bi-costal art dealer, creator of the Roger Smith Hotel Salon
Panelist: Ellen Peckham, artist and dealer
Panelist: Tom Delavan, directory of the Gramercy ArtFair
Panelist: Donna Marxer, artist, expert on the open studio as salon

Date: 1997-01-24
Title: Jerry Saltz grilled by Vernita N'Cognita
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Moderator: Vernita N'Cognita , artist,curator, and arts administrator
Panelist: Jerry Saltz, critic for Art in America, Flash Art, Frieze, Parkett, Time Out and co-curator of the '95 Whitney Biennial


Date: 1997-02-07
Title: Artist's Dwellings at the Stake Again!
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Moderator: Marie Dormuth, Lower Manhattan Loft Tenants (LMLT)
Panelist: Mike McKee, New State Tenants and Neighbors Coalition

Date: 1997-02-14
Title: Robert C. Morgan in dialog with Arnold Mesche
Description: Talking about the future of figuation in Painting and showing slides (of those sorely artists, shall we say realist painters, we haven't seen enough of?) on the eve of the Mesche exhibit of paintings at Donahue-Solinski Gallery..
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Moderator: Robert C. Morgan, artist and writer
Panelist: Arnold Mesche, artist and educator

Date: 1997-02-21
Title: Feminism in the Art World: Dead or Alive?
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Moderator: Betty Sword, photographer
Panelist: Barbara Lubliner, sculptor, NY Business Women's Calendar
Panelist: Cynthia Mailman, artist and educator, founding member of SOHO20 Gallery
Panelist: Joan Arbeiter, artist, inaugural member of Ceres Gallery, co-author "Lives and Works: Talks with Women Artists, vol. 2."
Panelist: Susan Grabel, sculptor, member of National Board, Women's Caucus for Art
Panelist: Diyan Achjadi, artist

Date: 1997-02-28
Title: de Kooning? de Kooning!
Description: To mark the exhibition of the modern master's last works at MoMA, a panel of art world experts discuss these controversial works.
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Moderator: Kay Larsen, critic
Panelist: Mark Stevens, critic for NY Magazine and co-author of an upcoming biography of deKooning
Panelist: Annalyn Swan, co-author of an upcoming biography of deKooning
Panelist: Paul Greengard, leading expert on brain research


Date: 1997-03-07
Title: Gloves Off / The Record
Description: The new critics spout off.
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Moderator: Barnaby Ruhe, senior editor at Art / World
Panelist: Adrienne Redd, critic for Art Matters and Arts / Alive
Panelist: Stuart Servetar, critic for New York Press
Panelist: Jeff Wright, editor and publisher of "Cover"
Panelist: Charlie Finch, writer for Coagula

Date: 1997-03-14
Title: The Art of the Business of Art
Description: Panelists talk about their commitment to art and technology, the anti-gallery concept, the World Wide Web and cross platform creativity.
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Moderator: Neil London, co-director of AUDART
Panelist: John Toth, artist and educator
Panelist: Jacqui Taylor-Basker, director of Westbeth Galleries
Panelist: SHALOM , artist and director of Surge Graphics
Panelist: Billy Name, artist and member of Warhol's Factory

Date: 1997-03-21
Title: Word as Image: Not Your Usual Open Reading for Artists / Poets
Description: Artists read their poetry and show slides of their art as background for their readings.
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Moderator: Albert Depas, painter, poet, and author of "Metamorphosis of Joy," shares insights on publishing one's own work.

Date: 1997-03-28
Title: Good Friday - No ATOA Event
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Date: 1997-04-04
Title: Painters Under 50
Description: Is abstraction still viable?
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Moderator: Brooke Kamin Rappaport, associate curator of Contemporary Art, Brooklyn Museum
Panelist: Stephen Ellis, artist
Panelist: Denyse Thomases, artist
Panelist: Ciao Fonseca, artist
Panelist: Fabian Malcaccio

Date: 1997-04-11
Title: Re-forming Painting
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Moderator: Michael Walls, curator and art dealer
Panelist: Al Loving, artist
Panelist: Libby Seaberg, artist
Panelist: Lynn Umlauf, artist
Panelist: Joy Walker, artist

Date: 1997-04-18
Title: I May Be Wrong But . . . Speak Out
Description: Leading painters, sculptors, video makers, art critics, and gallery directors "speak out" with optimism (or pessimism) about the place of art in the wide world - risk, reality, hopes, dreams, and cyberspace - as we run, walk, or slouch toward the 21st century.
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Moderator: Theresa Schwartz, who recorded the historic 70's "Speak Out" for Art in America, brings together a group of people from different media looking for the center of art today.

Date: 1997-04-25
Title: Surrealism: An Intimate Portrait
Description: Talking about the surrealist scene in New York, Connecticut, and Long Island in the early 40's.
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Moderator: Amy Ernst, artist and arts administrator
Panelist: Judith Young-Mallin, cultural historian of Surrealism
Panelist: Stephen Robeson Miller, artist, curator, historian
Panelist: Phyllis Braff, critic for the New York Times


Date: 1997-05-02
Title: Curator's Choice: Tom Zollner, juror
Description: Winners of the Curator's Chioce Competition participate as panelist. Their work will be exhibited on the gallery's "Test Wall" which can be seen through the galleries windows.
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Moderator: Tom Zollner, of TZ Art & Company


No panels June - September


Date: 1997-10-17
Title: Utopia Parkway - Joseph Cornel Revisited
Description: An in-depth and illustrated discussion of the work of this unique artist who created worlds of his own, each in its own special box.
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Moderator: Deborah Solomon, author, Utopia Parkway
Panelist: Dore Ashton, art historian, author
Panelist: Amy Ernst, artist
Panelist: Robert Lehrman, collector
Organizer: Amy Ernst

Date: 1997-10-24
Title: The Great Divide - Another Battle in the Culture Wars
Description: The traditional vs. the avante-garde. The debate about the generation gap, the style gap, the you-name-it gap.
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Moderator: Patterson Sims, deputy director, Museum of Modern Art
Panelist: Joe DiGiorgio, painter
Panelist: Wenda Gu, artist
Panelist: Gino Rodriguez, founder, The Alternative Museum
Panelist: Judy Seigel, photographer and editor
Organizer: Nadini Richardson, program director, Organization of Independent Artists (OIA)

Date: 1997-10-31
Title: Halloween! Slide Night
Description: Is your work grim, ghoulish or just gastly? Bring five slides, talk for five minutes and pay five bucks. Wear a costume / mask of your own creation!
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Date: 1997-11-07
Title: Viable Alternatives - Photography
Description: An exposition of fine art photography using alternative processes to originate or display images.
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Moderator: Doug Sheer, chairperson ATOA, technology writer, electronic artist
Panelist: Anita Chernewski, photographer (making pin hole images and alternative process prints)
Panelist: A. D. Coleman, photography critic and writer
Panelist: Carter Hodgkin, photographer (using lab created photographs)
Panelist: Michael von Uchtrup, photographer and alternative processes curator
Organizer: Doug Sheer

Date: 1997-11-14
Title: The Perfect Artist
Description: A surprise panel of guests including: a super dealer, a famous artist, an emerging artist, a fabled critic, a major curator... all looking for "the Perfect Artist."
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Moderator: Michael Walls
Organizer: Michael Walls

Date: 1997-11-21
Title: Open Screening - Five Slides, Five Minutes, Five Bucks
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Date: 1997-11-28
Title: Thanksgiving - No Panel
Description: Happy Holidays!
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Date: 1997-12-05
Title: Art, Performance & The Cinema
Description: 16mm films by:
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Moderator: L. Brandon Krall, curator
Panelist: Chris Larsen
Panelist: Jack Waters
Panelist: Nicola
Panelist: Bruce McClure
Panelist: John Torreano
Panelist: Ben Vautier
Panelist: Jonas Mekas

Date: 1997-12-12
Title: Dialog on Marcel Duchamp: Calvin Tompkins and Francis Naumann
Description: Dialog on Marcel Duchamp who many consider the most influential artist of the century.
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Panelist: Calvin Tomkins, art critic, The New Yorker and author of "Duchamp"
Panelist: Francis Naumann, art historian

Date: 1997-12-19
Title: Holiday Break
Description: Happy Holidays!
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The end of 1997.

ATOA thanks our many venues over the years:
The Open Mind
Global Village
Artists' House (Ornette Coleman's studio)
Soho Center for Visual Arts
Landmark Gallery
Soho Photo Gallery
The Phoenix Gallery
The SOHO20 Chelsea Gallery
The School of Visual Arts (SVA)

ATOA thanks for their generous support over the years:
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
The New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA)
The Lily Auchincloss Foundation,
The Lower Manhattan Community Council,
The Bachman Foundation,
and Weinick, Sanders and Leventhal, CPAs.

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