Syosiu on Artist Endowed Foundations – Session #2: An Artist’s Legacy – FESCH.TV
Thursday, July 22, 2021
Artist Endowed Foundations (AEFs) are a growing presence in the international art community with significant intersections with the work of curators. Join colleagues from around the world in a day-long symposium on AEFs and gain insight into artist legacy, voice, and impact. This program will create opportunities to reflect on and engage with the ways curators and AEFs can collaborate to fulfill shared missions.
Three panel discussions and case studies with foundation and other legacy leaders will provide a comprehensive introduction to AEFs and offer insights into current trends, topical issues, and specific projects happening across a broad range of AEF sizes, budgets, disciplines, and geographies.
Symposium on Artist Endowed Foundations is a day-long workshop produced by the AAMC Foundation in partnership with the Al Held Foundation. The symposium is open to everyone with an interest in this important topic.
Session #2: An Artist’s Legacy
1:40 PM – 2:40 PM ET
In today’s society the term legacy has become common, used frequently but also thoughtfully with considered purpose. AEF’s estates, curators, archivists, and researchers are all engaged in representing the artist’s voice and presence. However, how does one adapt an artist’s legacy as terminology shifts, transparency versus privacy is challenged, and new interpretations of work come to light?
Meet the Speakers
Kathy Battista, Faculty, Architectural Association School of Architecture, London and Creative Director, Sevil Dolmaci Gallery, Istanbul
Battista is a writer, educator, and a curator of exhibitions in museums, galleries, and non-profits. Her research is primarily focused on cross generational feminist art, in particular performance and body-oriented practice. Most recently she has curated you pinned me down like a butterfly on a wall, Marie Jacotey for Ballon Rouge at Pablo’s Birthday, The Art of Fashion at Fountain House Gallery New York, Escape Attempts at Shulamit Nazarian Gallery, Los Angeles, and E.A.T.: Experiments in Art and Technology at the Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria. She has authored numerous books, including: New York New Wave: The Legacy of Feminist Art in Emerging Practice (2019) and Renegotiating the Body: Feminist Art in 1970s London (2012). Battista also co-edited (with Bryan Faller) a book on artist estates and foundations, Creative Legacies: Critical Issues in Artist Estates, for Lund Humphries (2020).
Battista has over twenty years of leadership positions in the art world. In 1997 she founded the Interaction program at Artangel, a renowned public art agency in London. She also founded the MA Program in Contemporary Art at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in New York, which she helmed for 11 years. She has also served as Editor in Chief of the Benezit Dictionary of Art for Oxford University Press and is on several international non-profit boards and committees. She is currently faculty at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London as well as an Ensemble member of the New School of the Anthropocene.
Ursula Davila-Villa, Independent art historian; Moderator
Ursula Davila-Villa is an independent art historian working with artists and their families on strategic planning and legacy stewardship. Previously, she was a Partner at Alexander Gray Associates, New York and Associate Curator at The Blanton Museum, Austin. She serves on the board of VisualAIDS and lives in Brooklyn, New York and Vienna, Austria.
Hélène Vandenberghe, Director, Philippe Vandenberg Foundation
Gilbert Vazquez, Acting Director and President, Keith Haring Foundation
Gil Vazquez has been involved as a trustee on the board of directors of the Keith Haring Foundation since its inception in 1990, initially as the Vice President and later as the President and Acting Director. The Haring Foundation perpetuates Haring’s artistic and philanthropic legacy through the preservation and circulation of his artwork and archives, and by providing grants to children in need and those affected by HIV/AIDS.
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