Past Programs

2016 - 2018


November 2018

Victor Lundy's St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Sarasota (1958)
Victor Lundy, St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Sarasota (1958)


Victor Lundy : Sacred Structure

Thursday 29 November 2018 6pm

Join us for a talk and book launch of Victor Lundy: Artist Architect. Scholar, architect, and book contributor Christopher Domin will discuss Lundy’s spaces for worship – both the process of development and the physical presence – in an attempt to link engineering to the ineffable. Book signing will follow.

Robin Rhodes working on geometric shapes for his piece Frustum.
Still from Art 21: Johannesburg of Robin Rhodes geometric pieces, part of Frustum (2017)


ART 21: Johannesburg

Tuesday 13 November 2018 6pm

Now in its ninth season, Art21 is the longest running television series on contemporary art. Join us for a screening of the Johannesburg episode, featuring four artists who use their work to empower marginalized communities, reexamine history, and pursue their visions for South Africa’s future. Artists include: David Goldblatt, Nicholas Hlobo, Zanele Muholi, and Robin Rhode.

A class held in front of a Joan Miró painting at the Cincinnati Art Museum, 1968. Photo: David Hurn
A class held in front of a Joan Miró painting at the Cincinnati Art Museum, (1968), Photo: David Hurn


The Education Program

Thursday 8 November 2018 6pm

Join us for the second of an ongoing series about the formation of our community’s new contemporary art museum. This session will focus on the educational vision, and how the Museum employs pedagogical models from across time and around the world to reach the widest possible audience, and to help everyone enjoy object-based, experimental learning.

"Hiraqla Variation II" (1968) by Frank Stella. Magna on canvas.
Frank Stella, Hiraqla Variation II, (1968)
Photo: Jason Wyche



Thursday 1 November 2018 6pm

Frank Stella emerged as part of a generation of American artists excited by, driven and challenged by Abstract Expressionism. Bonnie Clearwater, Director and Chief Curator at NSU Art Museum, will share tales from her decades-long engagement with Stella which culminated in this groundbreaking, innovative exhibition.

October 2018

Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright's former winter home in Scottsdale, AZ
Frank Lloyd Wright, Taliesin West in Scottsdale, AZ


Thursday 25 October 2018 6pm

The School of Architecture at Taliesin aims to experiment on, and in, the real world to figure out how we can make our environment more sustainable, open, and beautiful. Join Aaron Betsky and Chris Lasch of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture as they trace the traditions out of which this experimental education comes, and where architecture – and architecture education – might be going in the future.

Thordis Adalsteinsdottir’s sculpture entitled, Bear Eats Man(2013)
Thordis Adalsteinsdottir, Bear Eats Man ,(2013)

A Bear Story: Recent Public Art Controversies

Thursday 18 October 2018 6pm

How and why do public art controversies occur? Join John Hatfield, Executive Director of Socrates Sculpture Park in NYC, as he discusses the anatomy of public art controversies through three case studies that describe the essential ingredients of discord.

Frank Waller (1842-1923) - Interior View of The Metropolitan Museum of Art when in Fourteenth Street (1881 The Metropolitan Museum of Art)
Frank Waller, Interior View of The Metropolitan Museum of Art when in Fourteenth Street, (1881)



Tuesday 9 October 2018 6pm

On the occasion of the book release New York: Art + Cultural Capital of the Gilded Age, join us for a talk with Dr. Chelsea Bruner, editor of the book and Design History Professor at Ringling College. We will see how the Gilded Age was the formative period of New York’s modernization and cosmopolitanism, and how it parallels today’s new Gilded Age. Chelsea Bruner studied interior design at Florida State University, and worked as a practicing designer for almost twenty years in Miami and New York City. She has a master’s degree in the History of Art & Design from Pratt Institute, and a PhD in art history from the City University of New York’s Graduate Center. In addition to design work, Chelsea taught design and architectural history at City College’s Spitzer School of Architecture, Pratt Institute, and New York University before joining the Ringling College faculty in 2015.

Artist Carmen Herrera with her works.



Thursday 4 October 2018 6pm

How does aging influence the form of one’s aesthetic language? How does an artist’s lived experience shape their creative practice? How do the physical and physiological shifts that accompany the aging process impact both the production and reception of their work? Join Dr. Douglas Dreishpoon, Chief Curator Emeritus of the Albright-Knox Gallery, as he explores the topic of creativity and aging.

April 2018

Artist Josef Albers with his class at Black Mountain College, shot for Life magazine, Photo: Genevieve Naylor
Artist Josef Albers with his class at Black Mountain College, shot for Life magazine
Photo: Genevieve Naylor


Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957

Tuesday 10 April 2018 6pm

The story of Black Mountain College begins in 1933 and comprises a fascinating chapter in the history of education and the arts. Black Mountain College was born out of a desire to create a new type of college based on John Dewey’s principles of progressive education. The events that precipitated the college’s founding occurred simultaneously with the rise of the Nazi Regime, the closing of the Bauhaus school in Germany, and the beginning of the persecution of artists and intellectuals in Europe. Some of these refugees found their way to Black Mountain, either as students or faculty. Legendary even in its own time, Black Mountain College attracted and created maverick spirits, some of whom went on to become well-known and extremely influential individuals in the latter half of the 20th century. These individuals include: Willem and Elaine de Kooning, Robert Rauschenberg, Josef and Anni Albers, Jacob Lawrence, Merce Cunningham, Cy Twombly, Franz Kline, Buckminster Fuller, Dorothea Rockburne and many others who have impacted the world in a significant way. Even now, decades after its closing in 1957, the powerful influence of Black Mountain College continues to echo.

Join Ruth Erickson, co-curator of Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957, as she discusses the first major exhibition focusing on this unique moment of educational and artistic experimentation in Asheville, North Carolina.

Ruth Erickson is Mannion Family Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. Her exhibitions at the ICA include “Mark Dion: Misadventures of a 21st-Century Naturalist,” “Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh, and Hesam Rahmanian: The Birthday Party,” and “Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933–1957” (with Helen Molesworth). She has forthcoming exhibitions with Wangechi Mutu and Kevin Beasley. Erickson was previously a curator at the BCA Center, Burlington, VT. She holds a Ph.D. in art history from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

Willy Rizzo's portrait of Salvador Dali (1950)
Willy Rizzo,Salvador Dali, Paris, (1950)


Part I: Intro to Connoisseurship

Tuesday 3 April 2018 10am

Master Classes offer a deeper look at various subjects, though are designed for any level, so no advance training required. The Connoisseurship Series is a 3-part series, and need not be done in order as the courses will rotate continuously.

PART I: How does one determine “quality” in a work of art? How do you know it’s real? Is “value” synonymous with “cost”? Is beauty subjective? Who decides? How? This Master Class session will engage with key questions around art and quality. Throughout the series, you’ll discover your own criteria for quality, and begin to use your skills to assist your decision-making. Whether you’re a seasoned collector, novice wanting to start or simply interested in questions of truth and value, this course is for you.

March 2018

Sarasota Art Museum's Tache, part of the logo


The Curatorial Program: Vision, Strategy, Criteria

Thursday 15 March 2018 6pm

There are many aspects to building a new art museum. The most visible is the curatorial program. In addition to the 15,000 square feet of dedicated exhibition space, there are numerous Curatorial Zones on the museum campus where visitors will experience and engage with art. How does one go about programming these spaces? How is the mission and vision of the institution articulated through the curatorial program? How do curators make decisions about what art to exhibit? What strategies are employed to reach and serve wide audiences and diverse stakeholders, both in our community and around the world? Join us for a presentation and interactive discussion about the formation of our communities’ new art museum!

This is part of an ongoing series, Building a New Museum, designed to engage and inform the community about the mission, vision and operations of the Sarasota Museum of Art.

February 2018

Brillo Box (3¢ off) cover (2017)
Brillo Box (3¢ off) cover , (2017)


Brillo Box (3¢ Off)

Thursday 8 February 2018 6pm

In 1969, film director Lisanne Skyler’s parents bought an Andy Warhol Brillo Box for $1,000. Inspired by the popular Brillo soap pad product package, Warhol’s Brillo Boxes were not initially embraced by the market. Forty years later, the same sculpture once owned by Skyler’s parents sold for over $3,000,000 at a record-breaking Christie’s auction. Blending humorous family narrative with anecdotes from the Pop Art era, Brillo Box (3¢ Off), follows the sculpture as it makes its way from the Skyler’s living room to the contemporary global art market, exploring the ephemeral nature of art, value and the decisions that shape family history.

Lisanne Skyler and Barrett White, Executive Deputy Chairman, Post-War and Contemporary Art at Christie’s, will do a Q&A session following the film.

Lisanne Skyler is a writer and director of numerous, award-winning fiction and documentary films exploring economic systems and their impact on our lives. In addition to the HBO Documentary Film, Brillo Box (3¢ Off), her films include the critically acclaimed Joyce Carol Oates adaptation Getting To Know You, and the South Central, Los Angeles documentary No Loans Today. Skyler lives and works in Tucson, Arizona where she is a member of the faculty of the University of Arizona School of Theatre, Film and Television.

Barrett White is an Executive Deputy Chairman for the Post-War & Contemporary Art Department at Christie’s, focusing on business development and private sales. Since joining Christie’s in 1999, White has held senior positions in the Post-War and Contemporary Art Department and Christie’s subsidiary Haunch of Venison. He was also formerly the Senior Director at L+M Arts in New York. White has a BA in Art History from New York University and a MA in the history of the art market from Christie’s Education.

Christian Sampson's Color Light Projection installation at The Works, Sarasota, FL.
Christian Sampson, Color Light Projection(2018), a site-specific installation at The Works, Sarasota, FL.


Christian Sampson

Thursday 1 February 2018 6pm

Christian Sampson’s immersive light installations embody elements of both painting and sculpture. They vacillate within dimensional boundaries, engaging with the history and discourse of experimental film and esoteric spiritual movements. His installations are often site-specific or site-responsive, in dialogue with physical architectural space – from museum halls, to domestic living spaces, to pop-up performance stages. On the inauguration of his site-specific installation debut at our pop-up space, The Works, Sampson will give a special talk about his creative practice.

Based in New York City, Sampson holds a BFA from Ringling College of Art + Design and an MFA from Hunter College. His works have been exhibited at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris and the Centre Pompidou-Metz in an exhibition titled “Cosa Mental: Art and Telepathy” curated by Pascal Rousseau. In 2015, Sampson collaborated with Ariel Dill and Amanda Friedman on a Color Light Projection Reading Room for “Drawing Hilma Af Klint” at Jackie Klempay Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. In January 2017, Sampson created an installation for a group exhibition titled “Ripple Effect” at Turn Gallery in New York City.


November 2017

Umbrella House by Paul Rudolph
Paul Rudolph, "Umbrella" house shortly after its completion in the mid-fifties
Photo: Paul Rudolph Archive


Restoring a Masterpiece with Greg Hall & Robert Essner

Thursday 30 November 2017 5:30pm

Join architect Greg Hall and Umbrella House owner Robert Essner as they lead us through the intricate process of restoring this Modern masterpiece.

The Umbrella House is an icon of residential architecture designed by Paul Rudolph. Built as a “spec” house in 1953, it is representative of southwest Florida’s post-World War II design movement, colloquially known as the Sarasota School of Architecture. Named for its distinctive parasol louvered shading structure, the design is indicative of the innovative passive energy systems employed by architects in the days before central cooling became standard. The structure had been compromised during a hurricane, and needed to be brought to current code, ensuring a myraid of challenging conservation, restoration and connoisseurship decisions that appropriately balance design intent, budgetary realities and safety issues. Hall and Essner will share their creative process with us, through this intimate, behind-the-scenes examination of “Restoring a Masterpiece.”

Susan E. Cahan's book cover for Mounting Frustration: The Art Museum in the Age of Black Power
Cover for Mounting Frustration: The Art Museum in the Age of Black Power by Susan E. Cahan


Mounting Frustration: The Art Museum in the Age of Black Power with Susan E. Cahan

Tuesday 14 November 2017 5:30pm

In her book Mounting Frustration: The Art Museum in the Age of Black Power, Susan E. Cahan investigates the strategies African American artists and museum professionals employed as they wrangled over access to and direction of New York City’s elite museums. Drawing on numerous interviews with artists and analyses of internal museum documents, Cahan gives a detailed and at times surprising picture of the institutional and social forces that both drove and inhibited racial justice in New York’s museums.

Susan E. Cahan is a scholar and curator who specializes in contemporary art and the history of museums. She has held positions at the Museum of Modern Art and the New Museum of Contemporary Art, was Senior Curator for the contemporary art collection of Eileen and Peter Norton and Arts Program Director for the Norton Family Foundation. Currently the Dean of the Tyler School of Art, she has held positions at Yale University, Bard College, The University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of Missouri, St. Louis.

Limited copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing by the author.

MINI Living's Breathe by SO-IL
MINI Living's Breathe, a housing prototype by SO-IL



Thursday 2 November 2017 6pm

SO–IL is an award-winning architectural design firm founded by Florian Idenburg and Jing Liu. SO-IL specializes in envisioning spaces for culture, learning and innovation. Based in New York, SO–IL leads in the production of buildings, interiors, furniture and landscapes around the world. As a collective of diverse thinkers and makers, the firm engages with the ever-changing social, economic and natural environment through active dialogue that considers context, function, and opportunity.

SO-IL has received extensive recognition and numerous prizes, including the Emerging Voices award from the Architectural League, the MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program Award, and the AIA Young Architects Award. Their work has been exhibited at the Guggenheim Museum, Museum of Modern Art, Storefront for Art & Architecture, the LA Forum for Architecture and Urbanism, the Benaki Museum in Athens, the Center for Architecture in New York and Studio-X Beijing in China.

As part of their talk, Florian and Jing will present their new book Solid Objectives: Order, Edge, and Aura. Limited copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing by the authors.

Florian Idenburg is Founding Partner of SO-IL and Associate Professor in Practice of Architecture at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. He is the 2010 laureate of the Charlotte Köhler Prize and a 2014 finalist for the Prix de Rome in the Netherlands.

Jing Liu is Founding Partner of SO-IL and a faculty member at The Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University since 2009. In addition to her professional pursuits, Liu serves on the board of Van Alen Institute, a NYC-based nonprofit dedicated to the transformative power of design.

October 2017

Weaving by Terrol Dew Johnson


Chris Lasch & Terrol Dew Johnson

Thursday 26 October 2017 5:30pm

Chris Lasch of design studio Aranda\Lasch and Terrol Dew Johnson, artist and co-founder of Tohono O’odham Community Action (TOCA), have collaborated to produce a collection of experimental baskets and woven constructions that engage the traditional art of basket weaving while extending the tradition through advanced computation and fabrication methods. The collaboration explores algorithmic design as a continuum stretching from the latest computer-aided techniques in design and architecture, back through the creative traditions of one of the world’s oldest art forms: weaving and basketry.

Chris Lasch is a partner in Aranda\Lasch, a design studio dedicated to experimental research and innovative building. The studio designs buildings, installations, furniture and objects through a deep investigation of structure and materials. Recognitions include the United States Artists Award and Young Architects + Designers Award in 2007, the Architectural Record Design Vanguard Award in 2014, the Architectural League Emerging Voices Award in 2015 and were named one of Architectural Digest’s 2014 AD Innovators.

Terrol Dew Johnson is a community leader, nationally recognized advocate for Native communities and renowned artist. In 1996, he co-founded Tohono O’odham Community Action (TOCA), a grassroots community organization dedicated to creating positive programs based in the O’odham Himdag – the Desert People’s Way. In 2002, Johnson and TOCA Co-Director Tristan Reader received the Ford Foundation’s Leadership for a Changing World Award. As an artist, he has won multiple major awards and his works are in the permanent collections of museums such as the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian and the Heard Museum in Arizona.

Maurizio Cattelan's Be Right Back poster
Maurizio Cattelan : Be Right Back cover


Maurizio Cattelan: Be Right Back

Thursday 12 October 2017 6:30pm

In the documentary film Maurizio Cattelan: Be Right Back, filmmaker Maura Axelrod excavates Maurizio Cattelan’s disruptive and indelible career as the art world trickster of our time. Cattelan shook up the contemporary art world beginning in the late 1980s with a series of action-based installations including his first solo show in Milan, in which he padlocked an empty gallery – barring entrance to critics and spectators – and simply hung a sign on the door that read “Torno Subito” or “Be Right Back.” Known best for his shocking photorealistic wax sculpture of Pope John Paul being felled by a meteorite, and of child-size Hitler kneeling in prayer, Cattelan’s work is often wildly offensive and yet incredibly popular, selling for tens of millions of dollars at auction.

Featuring interviews with curators, collectors, art-world luminaries, the film builds a compelling picture of the conceptual artist and what makes him tick.


Meet and Greet

Thursday 12 October 2017 5:30pm

Designing and building a cultural institution from the ground up is challenging, complex, and rewarding work, and we’d like to bring you on this journey with us. Each season leading up to our opening, we’ll have an open house, a cafecito, a kaffeelatsch—whichever your preferred term for a casual community gathering cum lively conversation—designed to engage you with our process and progress. It’s not every day (or even every decade!) that a community gets to build a new museum, and we don’t want you to miss a moment of our evolution. Take this opportunity to engage with fellow Museum enthusiasts, meet “our crew” and learn more about the Museum, contemporary art, and how you can get involved. Come for the Open House and stay for the 6:30pm screening of the documentary film Maurizio Cattelan: Be Right Back.

April 2017


Greenfield Prize Creative Conversations

Sunday 23 April 2017 2-­4pm

2pm My Life, My Work

Artist talk by the winner of the 2017 Greenfield Prize in photography, to be announced. 


3pm The State of the Art of Photography

Panel discussion with national photography curators including Anthony Bannon, former

Director of the George Eastman House, and Robert Pledge, President and Editorial Director

of Contact Press Images, an international photojournalism agency.


In partnership with the Hermitage Artist Retreat


The Ladies' Paradise by Émile Zola

Wednesday 19 April 2017 6pm

Émile Zola’s 1883 novel is not only a highly entertaining account of the rise of the department
store (based on Le Bon Marché in Paris), it’s a great parable for Modernism. If you like
culture, history, intrigue and shopping, you’ll love The Ladies’ Paradise! Pick up a copy of the
book, and then join us at the end of the season for a fun evening of discussion with wine,
hors d’oeuvre, and some retail prizes and surprises!

March 2017


The Price of Illusion: An Evening with Joan Juliet Buck

Sunday 25 March 2017 5pm

Joan Juliet Buck is a novelist, critic, essayist, editor and actor. The only child of larger-­than-life film producer Jules Buck, Joan was born into a world of make -believe. Her childhood was a whirlwind of famous faces: John Huston, Peter O’Toole, Lauren Bacall, Federico Fellini and many more; ever­ changing home addresses: London, Paris, Cannes, Los Angeles; and the unspoken lesson that appearances mattered more than reality. When Joan became the first and only U.S. woman ever to fill the coveted position of Editor in Chief of Paris Vogue, she quickly became a force in the cult of fashion and beauty. In The Price of Illusion, Joan offers up a dazzling, compulsively readable memoir: a fabulous account of six decades spent in the creative heart of London, New York, Los Angeles, Milan, Paris, and more. But when her fantasy life at Vogue came to an end, she had to find out who she was after all those years of make­-believe. Now Buck chronicles her quest to discover the difference between glitter and gold, fantasy and reality, and what merely looks like happiness from the thing itself. Limited copies of The Price of Illusion will be available for sale.


The Art & Science of Camouflage

Wednesday 12 March 2017 6pm at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium WAVE Center

The history of camouflage as visual strategy is a fascinating aspect of the history of art. The science of camouflage as an evolutionary strategy in the natural world is an equally fascinating aspect of natural history. Join Anne­-Marie Russell and Dr. Noam Josef for an entertaining and informative tour of camouflage among both human and non­human animals. 


Dr. Josef studies the camouflage capabilities of cephalopods: octopuses, squid, cuttlefish and related species. He joined Mote last Spring to develop algorithms for predicting camouflage patterns in cephalopods and will also study how octopuses interact with the local stone crab population.


Magic, Myth and Memory: The Life Aquatic

Sunday 12 March 2017 5pm at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium WAVE Center

Artist Janaina Tschäpe works in a variety of media—painting, sculpture, photography, video, and performance. Her work explores landscape through a wide range of scale—from the microscopic to the cosmic—all engaged with the myth and meaning of water. She collaborates with marine biologist David Gruber, who searches the undersea world for bioluminescent and biofluorescent animals. Gruber’s discoveries are providing a wealth of new insights into a secret “language” of shining colors and patterns that help many marine creatures communicate, interact, and avoid enemies.

February 2017


In Memoriam: The Architecture of Memory

Thursday 16 February 2017 6pm at 265 S Orange Avenue

How does one give shape and form to an abstract idea? What does grieving look like? How

do we use space and objects to remember those who have passed? Throughout time and

across the globe, different cultures and religions have created spaces and rituals around the

one thing common to all human beings:  the inevitability of death. 


Join us for a discussion on memorial architecture with Dr. Paul Ivey, author of Prayers in Stone and Radiance from

Halcyon, and a leading expert in matters of spirituality and the built environment. 


Meet & Greet

Wednesday 15 February 2017 10-11am

The rich diversity and pluralistic nature of contemporary art, with its wide­ranging chorus of voices, represents the whole of the human experience. We hope the Museum becomes a place that feels both comfortable and familiar, but also encourages the exploration of new territory. Designing and building a cultural institution from the ground up is challenging, complex, and rewarding work, and we’d like to bring you on this journey with us. Every few weeks leading up to our opening, we’ll have an open house, a cafecito, a kaffeelatsch—whichever your preferred term for a casual community gathering cum lively conversation—designed to engage you with our process and progress. It’s not every day (or even every decade!) that a community gets to build a new museum, and we don’t want you to miss a moment of our evolution. Take this opportunity to engage with fellow Museum enthusiasts and find out “everything you ever wanted to know about contemporary art, but were afraid to ask!”


November 2016


Tania Katan Creative Trespasser: Disrupting Museums, Bathrooms and Other Public/Private Space

Saturday November 19 2016 6pm

Tania Katan is an award-winning author, keynote speaker, and creative instigator who, in her words, “believes in storytelling at all costs!” Katan has performed her stories at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, NPR, Comedy Central Stage, TEDx, and more. Her work has been written about in the New York Times, Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, GLAMOUR, and others. She has been a featured speaker at Etsy, i.d.e.a. Museum, S.H.E. Summit, Social Innovation Summit, American Alliance of Museums and other national and international conferences and events. Katan’s instigations include Arm Wrestling for Art and co-creator of the internationally viral campaign #ItWasNeverADress for Axosoft. Katan is a Certified Anti-Bias & Diversity Trainer through the Anti-Defamation League and well-respected advocate in the breast cancer community.

Formerly the Curator of Performing Arts at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Katan made the audacious leap into technology and is the Evangelist at Axosoft, because every rock star company needs a punk! She is currently working on a book about the astounding value of creatives in the business world called Creative Trespassing.


Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art

Directed by James Crump

Tuesday November 15 2016 6pm

Troublemakers unearths the history of land art in the tumultuous late 1960s and early 1970s. The film features a cadre of renegade New York artists that sought to transcend the limitations of painting and sculpture by producing earthworks on a monumental scale in the desolate desert spaces of the American southwest. Today these works remain impressive not only for the sheer audacity of their makers but also for their out-sized ambitions to break free from traditional norms.


Sarasota Mod Weekend

Friday 11 November - Sunday 13 November 2016

The Museum is proud to partner with the Sarasota Architectural Foundation to copresent the third annual SarasotaMOD Weekend. This year’s MOD weekend will focus on the important architectural legacy of Victor Lundy.


How to Survive an Art Fair

Tuesday 8 November 2016 6–7pm

In preparation for the upcoming Miami Art Week, featuring dozens of fairs and an endless series of exciting events, join us for a fun and informative session designed to help you navigate the often chaotic and perplexing environment of the art fair. (Helpful tip: sensible shoes!)


Joe Fig

Saturday 5 November 2016 5pm

Born in 1968, Joe Fig received both his BFA and MFA from the School of Visual Arts. His body of work encompasses painting, sculpture, photography, and drawing, in which he examines the role of the artist, the creative process, and the self-made universe of the artist’s studio. Fig’s work has been exhibited internationally at the Bruce Museum, Bass Museum of Art, Parrish Art Museum, Toledo Museum of Art, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and New Britain Museum of American Art. He is the author of two critically acclaimed books Inside the Artist’s Studio (2015) and Inside the Painter’s Studio (2009), which include his interviews and documentary photographs of today’s leading contemporary artists. Fig is represented by Cristin Tierney Gallery in New York. He works and lives in Connecticut’s Farmington River Valley.

October 2016

This is What Happened: Art Since the 60s

Tuesday 25 October 2016 6–7pm

The 1960s were a time of radical societal change. Art was both a reflection of the times, and often an instigator of change. Leading up to the opening of the Museum exhibitions program, we will have a series of talks and lectures examining the avantgarde roots of contemporary art, to shed some light on the origins of art production today. This series will be a casual, salon-style conversation. So whether you’re an expert, or new to contemporary art, everyone should feel welcome and encouraged to share thoughts and engage in the conversation.



Join Executive Director Anne-Marie Russell and special guest Dr. Matthew McLendon, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art.


Carmen Herrera: The 100 Years Show

Directed by Alison Klayman

Tuesday 18 October 2016 6pm

Meet the vibrant and productive Cuban-American abstract painter Carmen Herrera, an artist who—now 101 years old—went from relative obscurity to global art star  in recent years (“Better late than never,” she quips.).The film follows Carmen as she prepares for her 100th birthday exhibition at Lisson Gallery in New York City. A major retrospective of her work opens at the Whitney Museum of American Art this fall.

September 2016


Director’s Meet & Greet

Tuesday 27 September 27 2016 10–11am

The rich diversity and pluralistic nature of contemporary art, with its wide-ranging chorus of voices, represents the whole of the human experience. We hope the Museum becomes a place that feels both comfortable and familiar, but that also encourages the exploration of new territory. Designing and building a cultural institution from the ground up is challenging, complex and rewarding work, and starting this fall, we’d like to bring you on this journey with us. Every few weeks leading up to our opening, we’ll have an open house, a cafecito, a kaffeelatsch,– whichever your preferred term for a casual community gathering cum lively conversation – designed to engage you with our process and progress. It’s not every day (or even every decade!) that a community gets to build a new museum, and we don’t want you to miss a moment of our evolution. Take this opportunity to find out “everything you ever wanted to know about contemporary art but were afraid to ask!”


National Gallery

Directed by Frederick Wiseman

Tuesday 20 September 2016 6pm

National Gallery takes the audience behind the scenes of a world-renowned institution, on a fascinating journey to the heart of a museum inhabited by masterpieces of Western art from the Middle Ages to the 19th century. Tag along with Director Frederick Wiseman as he listens to docents decode the great canvases of our time, watches restorers wield tiny eye-droppers and scalpels to make repairs, and glimpses the internal battle of public perception voiced by the leadership.

April 2016


Demystifying the Art Market

Thursday 7 April 2016

Deconstruct the inner workings of the complex and seemingly mysterious land of the “art market” with the experts. Scholarly professionals representing the private advisory, gallery, auction, and art fair sectors will lend clarity to the skilled, research-based process of valuation, and share insights on thoughtfully
navigating the various avenues for buying art.


March 2016


Visionary Women of the Avant-Garde: Honoring Wendy Surkis

Thursday 31 March 2016

From MoMA to the Guggenheim to the Sociétié Anonyme, pioneering women have been the driving force behind avant-garde institutions for over a century. Explore the fascinating history and significant influence of these fearless visionaries, while honoring the courageous leadership of our own trailblazer, Wendy Surkis.

February 2016


Curators in Conversation

Thursday 25 February 2016

Get an insider’s perspective on decision-making in museum curatorial practice. Examine how a curator’s

scholarly training, expertise, and comprehensive knowledge base inform critical and connoisseurial

decisions, and explore how the relationship between the practice and process of criticism impact

curatorial practice. Anne-Marie Russell will moderate a prominent curator and a well-known critic.



This talk will feature curators Laura Hoptman, Curator, Department of Painting and Sculpture, MoMA and Jerry Saltz, Senior Art Critic, New York Magazine