From the Chairman
Dear Friends of ATOA,
Now in our 41st year, Artists Talk on Art is seeing important changes and acknowledging passages that I want to share with you.
Moving to the National Arts Club
Starting with the first winter panel, occurring on January 19th, we move to our new quarters in the historic National Arts Club, located at 15 Gramercy Park South (East 20th Street between Park Avenue South and Irving Place … near Union Square) where six of our board members are longtime members. We will be utilizing a club meeting space on the lower floor and the hours of 6 to 9PM on Tuesdays with audio-visual gear primarily provided by the Club. Panels will continue to begin at 6:30PM and Club members are expected to augment the general public who attend, making for a heady artistic mix. Dates are currently scheduled as January 19th, February 23rd, March 22nd and April 12th. See www.atoa.org for greater details of panels, dialogues, history or other organizational information.
The winter and spring 2016 programs
January 19th: Insta-Artists: Learn how professional creatives are producing work via Instagram. See how new technologies, availability to image altering filters and mass reach are disrupting the concept of photography and continuous exhibiting is becoming the new normal. Organized by Louisa Shadforth and Vernita N’Cognita.
February 23rd: The Artist’s Role in Society: This panel unites three artists who share a common cause. Their work has the capacity to create the kind of social awareness that can lead to social change. Organized by Mari Biro.
March 22nd: Curators and Artists: How artists can best work with curators, seeking opportunities to further their careers and gain greater exposure. Features: Dexter Wimberly, ICI Director of Strategic Planning, Jennie Lamensdorf, head curator at Time Equities and “Springbreak” curator and Jerelyn Hanrahan, veteran artist. Organized by Mitch Pilnick.
April 12th: Art on the High Line: An overview of the art past and present and future exhibited along the High Line. Learn how artists get selected for this prime location, who makes the decisions and what the criteria are. Organized by Joan Giordano.
Progress on the archive
We plan to begin the digitizing the remaining video archive (recordings since 1991, earlier recordings are already digitized) and some key papers this winter, as a result of being able to raise the funds required via an ArtNet on-line auction we held in late November, some strategic private donations and grant activities. Those digitization steps should be completed by March or April and we then plan to announce an historic placement of the full archive to one of America’s preeminent institutions, with movement of the holdings occurring this spring. We thank the artists and galleries who contributed works and the buyers as well as ArtNet, of course, for hosting our latest auction. And, as always, we remain thankful; to the thousands of artists who have participated in ATOA panels and dialogs over our 41 years. For us it has always been about you.
The passing of Corinne Robins and Salvatore Romano
One of our founding board members, Corinne Robins died December 8, 2015 at the age of 82. Her husband, the sculptor Salvatore Romano, had also passed recently at 90 years old; preceding Robins by two months and a week. Robins, a native New Yorker, was an art historian, professor of art (at Pratt Institute and the School of Visual Arts) and published poet, and author of the text book THE PLURALIST ERA. Her selection by Robert Wiegand (1934 to 1993), Lori Antonacci and myself – ATOA founders -- as one of the four founding board members in 1975, along with Bruce Barton, Irving Sandler and Cynthia Navaretta was instrumental in the establishing of the series and its governance. A soft spoken figure, Robins was nonetheless an important feminist voice and savvy tracker of art movements who made important contributions to the curating of early ATOA panels and served on the board spanning over several decades. Both Robins and Romano were in declining health in the past several years. A memorial is planned for Salvatore Romano on May 7th in New York City, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information. A separate memorial reading of the poems of Corrine Robins is also planned for the spring. Contact me for those details as well.
Help plan fall 2016 panels
Planning is underway for fall panels for 2016 and interested parties are suggested to contact our President, Lynne Mayocole at email@example.com to suggest themes or learn of programming meetings to attend. Virtually any subject or artist is fair game so long as the focus is visual art. Contact Lynne to participate in our pluralistic grass roots planning process.
I look forward to seeing you again soon.
Douglas I. Sheer
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