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VoCA Talks is a series of public programs featuring artists and their collaborators in conversation about the challenges and rewards inherent in making, showing, and preserving contemporary art. Subscribe to our Newsletter for announcements about all upcoming programs. Transcripts of VoCA Talks are available upon request. Please direct all queries to margaret@voca.network.  


Upcoming Talks

CALL/VoCA Talk: A Panel Discussion with Legacy Specialists Featuring Lehna Huie and Beth Krebs in conversation with Christie Mitchell

6:30pm, December 6, 2019

Pratt Institute, Student Union, 200 Willoughby Ave, Brooklyn, NY

For this program, VoCA Program Committee member Christie Mitchell will moderate a discussion with artists and CALL Legacy Specialists Lehna Huie and Beth Krebs. This conversation will feature the voices of those artists who helped inventory and organize the work of the CALL recipients, and will reflect upon each artist's own work, as well as the intergenerational collaboration fostered by the Joan Mitchell Foundation. This program is free and open to the public, but we ask that you RSVP in advance HERE.

CALL/VoCA Talk: Gladys Triana In conversation with Ruth del Fresno Guillem

6:30pm, January 15, 2020

Julia De Burgos Performance and Arts Center, 1680 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY

On January 15, 2020, conservator and VoCA colleague Ruth del Fresno Guillem will sit down with artist Gladys Triana to discuss her life, work, and artistic legacy. This discussion is part of the fifth season of our on-going CALL/VoCA Talks series, hosted in partnership with the Joan Mitchell Foundation's Creating a Living Legacy (CALL) Program. These programs aim to highlight the innovative CALL initiative while also underscoring the crucial need for dialogue with artists around the production, presentation, and preservation of their work. The event is free and open to the public, but we ask that you RSVP in advance HERE.

PAST TALKS

VoCA Talk: Tory Fair

6 pm, Tuesday, June 18, 2019, Boston Center for the Arts

On June 18, 2019, curator Jen Mergel sat down with artist Tory Fair at the Boston Center for the Arts to speak about how Fair’s research and interviews with artists presented in the 1996 exhibition More Than Minimal: Feminism and Abstraction in the ‘70s at the Rose Art Museum inspired her latest work—and her embrace of the archive as a generative force. The conversation traced the ways dialogue with her forebears' sculptures led Fair to mine new meaning in her own three-decade career and see her multi-layered sculptures, drawings, and photographs as part of this creative lineage and movement of "the More." A transcript of this interview is available upon request.

CALL/VoCA Talk: Lesley Dill In conversation with Robin Clark

6pm, November 14, 2019

Pen+Brush, 29 East 22nd Street, New York, NY

For this program, Lesley Dill and Robin Clark explored the ways that Dill’s work interweaves, sutures, and unfolds the territories of language and visual art. Dill’s elegant sculptures, works on paper, multimedia installations, and performances draw from her travels abroad, her deep research of spiritual traditions, and the materiality of text. This discussion was part of the fifth season of our on-going CALL/VoCA Talks series, hosted in partnership with the Joan Mitchell Foundation's Creating a Living Legacy (CALL) Program. A video of this Talk will be made available on our website later this winter.

CALL/VoCA Talk: Ted Kurahara

In September 2018, abstract artist Ted Kurahara sat down with VoCA Board Member and fellow CALL Artist Arlan Huang at the Joan Mitchell Foundation to discuss his life and legacy. Their conversation traces the arc of Kurahara’s artistic practice alongside his many inspirations, including the Golden Section, European painting traditions, Haiku poetry, and personal narrative. This interview is part of our on-going CALL/VoCA Talks series, hosted in partnership with the Joan Mitchell Foundation’s Creating a Living Legacy (CALL) Program. These programs aim to highlight the innovative CALL initiative while also underscoring the crucial need for dialogue with artists around the production, presentation, and preservation of their work. A transcript of this interview is available upon request.

CALL/VoCA Talk: A Panel Discussion with Legacy Specialists

6 pm, Tuesday, December 4, 2018, Pratt Institute

Held on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at Pratt Institute, this panel discussion featured artist-archivists Antonia Perez, Julia Rooney, and Rose Nestler in conversation with Metropolitan Museum of Art Sculpture Conservator Kendra Roth. The program explored each artist’s own work, and how the artist’s voice can play a role in shaping their legacy. This event is part of our on-going CALL/VoCA Talks series, hosted in partnership with the Joan Mitchell Foundation’s Creating a Living Legacy (CALL) Program. These programs aim to highlight the innovative CALL initiative while also underscoring the crucial need for dialogue with artists around the production, presentation, and preservation of their work. A transcript of this interview is available upon request.

CALL/VoCA Talk: Christy Rupp

4 pm, Saturday, November 10, 2018, the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation at The 8th Floor

On November 10, 2018, VoCA Program Committee member Jonathan Allen sat down with eco-artist Christy Rupp at The 8th Floor to discuss how Rupp’s work studies the impact of economics on the environment, exploring topics such as the commodification of natural resources, climate chaos, plastic pollution, and invisible feedback from the planet. This event was the first in the fourth season of our on-going CALL/VoCA Talks series, hosted in partnership with the Joan Mitchell Foundation’s Creating a Living Legacy (CALL) Program. These programs aim to highlight the innovative CALL initiative while also underscoring the crucial need for dialogue with artists around the production, presentation, and preservation of their work. A transcript of this interview is available upon request.

VoCA Talk: Sonia Almeida

6 PM, JUNE 20, 2018, CARPENTER CENTER FOR THE VISUAL ARTS

On June 20, 2018, VoCA Program Committee member Gloria Sutton sat down with artist Sonia Almeida at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts to talk about her recent paintings and book projects which draw on techniques of printmaking and the history of textiles. Together they discussed how visual language is often translated across various media and how meaning becomes encoded within Almeida’s vibrant-hued works which make perceptive use of plywood, hinges, LED light, and other non-traditional painting materials.

CALL/VOCA TALK: MARCOS DIMAS

2 PM, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2017 AT THE JULIA DE BURGOS PERFORMANCE AND ARTS CENTER

For this program, VoCA Program Committee member Jonathan Allen sat down with artist Marcos Dimas to discuss his life, work, and artistic legacy. This discussion is part of our on-going CALL/VoCA Talks series, hosted in partnership with the Joan Mitchell Foundation’s Creating a Living Legacy (CALL) Program. A transcript of this interview is available upon request.

CALL/VOCA TALK: TARA SABHARWAL

6 PM, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2017 AT FALES LIBRARY, NYU

For this program, contemporary painter Tara Sabharwal sat down with Robin Clark to discuss her life, work, and legacy as an international artist. This discussion is part of our on-going CALL/VoCA Talks series, hosted in partnership with the Joan Mitchell Foundation’s Creating a Living Legacy (CALL) Program. A transcript of this interview is available upon request.

CALL/VOCA TALK: MARIO MARTINEZ

6 PM, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2017 AT THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN, NY

For this program, abstract painter and Yaqui Indian Mario Martinez sat down with Steven O’Banion, Director of Conservation at Glenstone, to discuss his life, work, and personal philosophy. This discussion was the second event in the third season of our on-going CALL/VoCA Talks series, hosted in partnership with the Joan Mitchell Foundation’s Creating a Living Legacy (CALL) Program. A transcript of this interview is available upon request.

CALL/VOCA TALK: GWEN FABRICANT

6 PM, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2017 AT FALES LIBRARY, NYU

For this program, artist Gwen Fabricant sat down with freelance conservator and VoCA Program Committee member Jennifer Hickey to discuss her life, work, and artistic legacy. This discussion kicked off the third season of our on-going CALL/VoCA Talks series, hosted in partnership with the Joan Mitchell Foundation’s Creating a Living Legacy (CALL) Program. A transcript of this interview is available upon request.

VOCA TALK: DERRICK ADAMS

6:30 PM, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7, 2017 AT THE REBUILD FOUNDATION STONY ISLAND ARTS BANK, CHICAGO, IL

On the occasion of his multimedia exhibition, “Future People,” at the Rebuild Foundation, Derrick Adams sat down with VoCA Board Member and Virginia Steele Scott Chief Curator of American Art at The Huntington, Chad Alligood, to discuss his arts practice and the experience of incorporating elements from the Stony Island Arts Bank archive into his work. A transcript of this interview is available upon request.

CALL/VOCA TALK: EMMETT WIGGLESWORTH

2 PM, SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2016, JAMAICA CENTER FOR ARTS & LEARNING (JCAL)

On Sunday, November 20, CALL artist Emmett Wigglesworth sat down with VoCA Program Committee Member Christie Mitchell to discuss his life, legacy, and prolific career as a muralist, painter, sculptor, fabric designer, and poet in New York City. This event was the third in the second season of our on-going CALL/VoCA Talks series, hosted in partnership with the Joan Mitchell Foundation‘s Creating a Living Legacy (CALL) Program. These programs aim to highlight the innovative CALL initiative while also underscoring the crucial need for dialogue with artists around the production, presentation, and preservation of their work. A transcript of this interview is available upon request.

CALL/VOCA TALK: HENRIETTA MANTOOTH

6:30 PM, MONDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2016, THE MUSEUM OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK

On Monday, October 24, CALL artist Henrietta Mantooth sat down with VoCA Program Committee Member Jennifer Hickey to discuss her life, legacy, and recent installations around the themes racial inequity and mass incarceration. This event was the second in the second season of our on-going CALL/VoCA Talks series, hosted in partnership with the Joan Mitchell Foundation‘s Creating a Living Legacy (CALL) Program. These programs aim to highlight the innovative CALL initiative while also underscoring the crucial need for dialogue with artists around the production, presentation, and preservation of their work. A transcript of this interview is available upon request.

CALL/VOCA TALK: BLANE DE ST. CROIX

7 PM, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2016, CABINET

On Thursday, September 29, artist Blane De St. Croix sat down with VoCA Board Member Robin Clark to discuss how his work engages topics including the geopolitical landscape, border issues, climate change, pollution, land erosion, and preservation. This event was the first in the second year of our on-going CALL/VoCA Talks series, hosted in partnership with the Joan Mitchell Foundation‘s Creating a Living Legacy (CALL) Program. These programs aim to highlight the innovative CALL initiative while also underscoring the crucial need for dialogue with artists around the production, presentation, and preservation of their work. A transcript of this interview is available upon request.

CALL/VOCA TALK: OTTO NEALS

On October 15, 2016, CALL artist Otto Neals sat down at his home in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, with VoCA Program Committee Member Jonathan Allen to discuss his life and prolific career as a painter, sculptor, and printmaker in New York City. This discussion was part of the second season of our on-going CALL/VoCA Talks series, hosted in partnership with the Joan Mitchell Foundation's Creating a Living Legacy (CALL) Program. These programs aim to highlight the innovative CALL initiative while also underscoring the crucial need for dialogue with artists around the production, presentation, and preservation of their work. A transcript of this interview is available upon request.

VOCA TALK: MARIE WATT

6 PM, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15, 2016, SHARP AUDITORIUM AT DENVER ART MUSEUM

This event featured artist Marie Watt in conversation with oral historian James Lancel McElhinney. Watt draws from history, biography, protofeminism, and Indigenous principles, and uses materials that are conceptually attached to narrative: in particular, exploring the stories connected with commonplace woolen blankets, cedar, and iron. For this Talk, Watt and McElhinney discussed how these intersections of material and meaning manifest in Butterfly (2015) and Blanket Story: Confluence, Heirloom, and Tenth Mountain Division (2013), two works currently on view at the Denver Art Museum. A transcript of this interview is available upon request.

VOCA TALK: LEONARDO DREW

6 PM, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2016, SHARP AUDITORIUM AT DENVER ART MUSEUM

On February 1, 2016, artist Leonardo Drew sat down with Rebecca Hart, Polly and Mark Addison Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Denver Art Museum to discuss his dynamic large-scale sculptural installations. A transcript of this interview is available upon request.

CALL/VOCA TALK: JAIME DAVIDOVICH

6 PM, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2016, FALES LIBRARY AT NEW YORK UNIVERSITY

On January 13, 2016 CALL artist Jaime Davidovich sat down with Steven O'Banion, VoCA Program Committee member and Director of Conservation at Glenstone, to discuss his practice and the experience of documenting his life's work. This event was one of a series hosted in partnership with the Joan Mitchell Foundation's Creating a Living Legacy (CALL) Program to highlight the innovative CALL initiative while also underscoring the crucial need for dialogue with artists around the production, presentation, and preservation of their work. A transcript of this interview is available upon request.

CALL/VOCA TALK: MIMI SMITH

6:30 PM, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2015, JOAN MITCHELL FOUNDATION EDUCATION & RESEARCH CENTER

On Wednesday, December 9, 2015, CALL artist Mimi Smith sat down with Christie Mitchell, VoCA Program Committee member and Curatorial Assistant at the Whitney Museum, to discuss her oeuvre and the experience of documenting her life's work. This event was one of a series hosted in partnership with the Joan Mitchell Foundation's Creating a Living Legacy (CALL) Program to highlight the innovative CALL initiative while also underscoring the crucial need for dialogue with artists around the production, presentation, and preservation of their work. A transcript of the interview is available upon request.

CALL/VOCA TALK: JUAN SANCHEZ, GALLERY WALKTHROUGH

NOVEMBER 2015

Juan Sanchez is a Brooklyn-born activist, educator, and artist whose body of work explores his identity and Puerto Rican heritage through a variety of media. In advance of his November 2015 CALL/VoCA Talk, Sanchez spent an afternoon walking through his solo exhibition at the BRIC Arts and Media House in Brooklyn with Conservator and VoCA Program Committee member Jennifer Hickey. Here, Sanchez discusses the development of his artistic practice, interweaving the personal and political through photography, painting, printmaking, collage, and video.

CALL/VOCA TALK: JUAN SANCHEZ

6 PM, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2015, THE BRONX MUSEUM OF THE ARTS

On November 18, 2015, CALL artist Juan Sanchez was interviewed by VoCA Program Committee member and Associate Conservator at Modern Art Conservation Jennifer Hickey. The conversation covered the artist's many sources of inspiration, past and current work, as well as his life-long commitment to activism. This event was one of a series hosted in partnership with the Joan Mitchell Foundation's Creating a Living Legacy (CALL) Program highlighting the innovative CALL initiative while also underscoring the crucial need for dialogue with artists around the production, presentation, and preservation of their work. A transcript of the interview is available upon request.

CALL/VOCA TALK: ARLAN HUANG

7 PM, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2015, JOAN MITCHELL FOUNDATION EDUCATION & RESEARCH CENTER

On Friday, October 30, 2015, CALL artist Arlan Huang sat down with artist and Legacy Specialist Beth Krebs and Robin Clark, VoCA Board Member and Director of the Artist Initiative at SFMOMA to discuss his practice and the experience of documenting his life's work. This event was one of a series hosted in partnership with the Joan Mitchell Foundation's Creating a Living Legacy (CALL) Program highlighting the innovative CALL initiative while also underscoring the crucial need for dialogue with artists around the production, presentation, and preservation of their work. A transcript of the interview is available upon request.

VOCA TALK: SARAH OPPENHEIMER

APRIL 19, 2015, THE BROOKLYN MUSEUM

For this program, Oppenheimer sat down with curator Robin Clark to discuss her architectural interventions and explore some of the challenges inherent in producing, presenting, and documenting her installation-based work. Sarah Oppenheimer is an artist based in New York whose artworks torque space and perforate boundaries. Her solo shows include projects at Kunsthaus Baselland in Basel, Mills College in Oakland and Annely Juda Fine Art in London; commissioned works by Oppenheimer are on permanent view at the Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh and at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

VOICE OF THE ARTIST: LORRAINE O’GRADY

OCTOBER 3, 2013, FALES LIBRARY, BOBST LIBRARY AT NYU

Should activist and/or situation-specific performance art be re-performed? Can images, video, and critical reviews adequately convey the experiences of those who witness performance works? What is the role of the archive? These questions and others will be considered in the context of the Lorraine O’Grady archive at Wellesley College. On October 3, 2013, Radical Presence artist Lorraine O’Grady was joined by moderator Glenn Wharton, Art Conservator, Museum Studies, NYU; Lisa Darms, Senior Archivist, Fales Library; and Thomas J. Lax, Assistant Curator, The Studio Museum in Harlem, to consider these questions. This program was offered in conjunction with "Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art," an exhibition in two parts. Part I: September 10–December 7, 2013, at the Grey Art Gallery, NYU; Part II: November 14, 2013–March 9, 2014, at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Program Partners included VoCA, Grey Art Gallery, The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Fales Library and Special Collections, and NYU Museum Studies.