Talks

Talks

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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.

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PAST TALKS

VOCA TALK: LEONARDO DREW

6 PM, 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.

 

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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.

 

henrietta mantoothCALL/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.

 

Voices in Contemporary Art NYCCall/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.

 

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, 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.

CALL/VOCA TALK: JAIME DAVIDOVICH

6 PM, 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, 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, november 18, 2015, the Bronx Museum of the arts

On Wednesday, 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, 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: CONVERSATION BETWEEN ARTIST SARAH OPPENHEIMER & CURATOR ROBIN CLARK

APRIL 19, 2015 AT THE BROOKLYN MUSEUM

This program focused on Oppenheimer’s architectural interventions and explored some of the challenges inherent in producing, presenting, and documenting her installation-based work.