Los Angeles

January 26-28, 2018


Saturday, January 28, 2017

1:00pm / The Power of Saying No: Artists as the Driver of Their Own Careers

To succeed in the arts is to make your own path. To make a mark, you must stand apart. Successful artists learn that saying no to less-inspiring offers frees up time to accept opportunities they do want. Join Creative Agent and ArtSpan Executive Director, Joen Madonna, as she inquires into the success stories of artists Audrey HellerRobin Denevan, and artist and author, Paul Madonna, all of whom have made their own careers by wielding the power of saying no.


2:30pm / Torrance Art Museum: Approaching Museums

Moderated by Max Presneill (Director and Head Curator) and Maurizzio Pineda (Assistant Curator) of the Torrance Art Museum. An intimate, informal and supportive Q&A session for artists. They will answer your questions about working with small contemporary art museums, how to approach them, realistic expectations, do’s and don’ts and any other relevant questions as best and as honestly as we can, in an open forum. Artists should come with a list of subjects they wish to address and be prepared for some brutal truths as well as some genuine help in getting closer to their goals.


4:00pm / Rhizomatic Arts: The Hybrid Practice: Art & Entrepreneurship

Moderated by Allison Wyper, panelists included Kristine Schomaker of Shoebox PR and Stephanie Diamond of the Listings Project. Kio Griffith, independent curator / artist / writer. How do artists support their practices? This discussion will look at the independent artist-entrepreneur, how and why to start a business to support one’s art. The panelists will discuss different shapes artistic careers might take, and how one leverages their skills as artists to make an impact or fill a need outside the studio.


5:30pm / How to Get a Gallery’s Attention Without Being Obnoxious Or, How to be the Best Horse in the Stable

Artist Ann Weber moderates this discussion about the Do’s and Dont’s of attracting the attention of art dealers. Panelists include: Eva Chimento, Chimento Contemporary; Asha Bukojemsky, Associate, Samuel Freeman Gallery in Culver City; Phil Tarley, Curator, AC Gallery, Los Angeles; and Jeannie Denholm, Principal, Scape Gallery in Corona del Mar.


Sunday, January 29, 2017

1:00pm / PØST: Subversive Strategies

HK Zamani moderator. PØST is a subversive project. It is an experimental system suggesting that existing support systems are lacking, and there’s need for a flexible venue for exhibition. It proposes a resistance toward fixed ideas, arguing a system is always in need of reconsideration, reinvention, and growth. An organic support system, its strategies continues to shift in an introspective manner.

2:30pm / Los Angeles Art Association: Collector Roundtable

Peter Mays moderates this panel discussion with collectors Joel Gilman, Cynthia Penna, and JoAnn Busuttil. Hear personal approaches and strategies for collecting and appreciating contemporary art from this cadre of top collectors. Gain insight on how they seek out new talent and make acquisitions.


4:00pm / The Collectivists

Independent Curator and GYST Radio Host Kara W. Tomé moderates a panel to discuss how a vast number of artists are joining together to take greater control of their means of production and presentation. The current surge of standout artist-run spaces has become a democratic movement; and en masse, artist collectives are challenging the established hierarchy of how the gallery system and commerce function in the art world. Panelists will be three artists who are lead members of established collectives in Los Angeles: Jay Lizo of Monte Vista ProjectsMax Presneill of Durden & Ray, and Chris Ulivo of Tiger Strikes Asteroid


5:30pm / Peter Frank in Conversation with Shana Nys Dambrot: Getting Attention–is a Review all You Need?

Join critic/curators Shana Nys Dambrot and Peter Frank in a lively and candid conversation about how artists get their work seen and written about. What is the value of an art review in this process, what else does an artist need for success, and what is "success," anyway?