Date/Time: November 18, 2009 at 7pm
Location: Fashion Institute of Technology
Pomerantz Center for Art and Design / D Building
27th Street and Seventh Avenue, NYC
Although new media and performance art often elude both definition and commodification, these practices maintain a distinct and vital presence in the arts community. With the economy in flux, the interaction between alternative arts and the art market presents a timely and fascinating subject. The evening's discussion will feature selected panelists exploring the current and future market for intangible art.
Jeffrey Deitch: Jeffrey Deitch is a dealer in modern and contemporary art as well as an art advisor to private and institutional art collectors. After graduating from Wesleyan University and receiving an M.B.A from Harvard Business School in 1978, Mr. Deitch worked for Citibank, where he developed and managed the bank's art advisory and art finance businesses. Mr. Deitch opened his own art advisory firm in 1988 laying the groundwork for Deitch Projects, the public gallery he opened in 1996. The gallery, which has three New York City locations, has produced more than two hundred projects by contemporary and emerging artists, and has embraced the convergence of art, music, performance, film and design. For more than 30 years, Mr. Deitch has been an active art critic and exhibition curator, contributing to various arts publications and exhibition catalogue.
Clifford Owens: Clifford Owens' performance work and photography explore the interaction between artist and audience. Owens' art has appeared in numerous exhibitions including Performa05, “Freestyle” (The Studio Museum in Harlem), “Greater New York” (P.S.1) and “Clifford Owens” (On Stellar Rays, NY). A former artist in residence at The Studio Museum in Harlem and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Owens is the Hanes Visiting Artist at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He has received several important grants and fellowships and his work has appeared in major art publications and books, including Performa: New Visual Art Performance (ed. RoseLee Goldberg) and a forthcoming book on contemporary art compiled by the New Museum. Owens was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1971, and studied at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL, Mason Gross School of Visual Art Rutgers University, NJ, and the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. He lives and works in New York, where he is represented by On Stellar Rays gallery.
Cara Starke: Cara Starke is an Assistant Curator in the Department of Media and Performance Art at The Museum of Modern Art, NY, where she specializes in the acquisition and exhibition of time-based media. She has worked on numerous exhibitions of contemporary artists, including Pipilotti Rist: “Pour Your Body Out (7354 Cubic Meters)” (2008), Olafur Eliasson: “Take your time” (2008), Doug Aitken: “sleepwalkers” (2007), and Douglas Gordon: “Timeline” (2006). She is currently co-organizing William Kentridge: “Five Themes” at The Museum of Modern Art. She received her M.A. in Art History from Williams College.
Thea Westreich: After numerous years as a volunteer and board member in the visual and performing arts, Thea Westreich founded Thea Westreich Art Advisory Services. Since 1982, Thea has advised private collectors throughout the United States and Europe. She has curated collections in specific media, such as video and film, photography and works on paper in addition to the more traditional genres of painting and sculpture. Thea has built a research library of over 11,000 volumes, which underlies her firm’s dedication to thorough research and analysis in vetting works of art. Along with her husband, Ethan Wagner, Thea also publishes artists’ books.
Martha Schwendener (Moderator): Martha Schwendener’s criticism has been published in Artforum, Bookforum, Art in America, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Village Voice, Time Out New York, Flash Art, and other publications. She studied Art History at Columbia University and the City University of New York, Graduate Center, and has taught at FIT, Hunter College, The School of Visual Arts, the University of Texas at Austin, and Rhode Island School of Design.
Intangible was organized by candidates for a Master of Arts degree in Art Market: Principles and Practices at FIT. The Fashion Institute of Technology is a selective college of art and design, business and technology of the State University of New York, with 44 majors leading to AAS, BFA, BS, MA, and MPS degrees.