Author: Natalie Espinosa

Jeff Koons to be Guest Speaker at American Federation of Arts’ 2017 Spring Luncheon

(New York, April 11, 2017)—The American Federation of Arts (AFA) is delighted to announce that its annual Spring Luncheon will take place on May 17, 2017 at the JW Marriott Essex House in New York City. This year’s guest speaker will be world-renowned artist Jeff Koons, who will be in conversation with Scott Rothkopf, Deputy Director for Programs and Nancy and Steve Crown Family Chief Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

“We are extremely happy to have Jeff Koons at our Spring Luncheon. He is undoubtedly one of the most important, influential and rebellious artists in the postwar generation,” stated Pauline Willis, Director of the American Federation of Arts.

Jeff Koons is an American artist celebrated for his work with banal objects and subjects from popular culture. He is widely known for his sculptures Rabbit and Balloon Dog, as well as monumental floral works such as Puppy and Split Rocker. Since his first solo exhibition in 1980, Koons’s work has been shown in important museums and galleries throughout the world. In 2014, his work was the subject of Jeff Koons: A Retrospective, a major exhibition organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art and curated by Scott Rothkopf, which traveled to the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Guggenheim Bilbao. Koons lives and works in New York City.

This year marks the sixth anniversary of the Spring Luncheon. Past speakers include: Anne Pasternak, director of the Brooklyn Museum (2016); Will Cotton, artist (2015); Reed Krakoff, fashion designer (2014); Charles Renfro, partner of Diller Scofidio + Renfro (2013); Adam Gopnik, writer and essayist (2012); and Angela Westwater, co-founder of Sperone Westwater Gallery (2011).

The Luncheon will be chaired by AFA President, Clare E. McKeon, along with co-chairs Elizabeth Belfer, Stephanie Borynack Clark, Charlotte Eyerman, Ashleigh Fernandez, Lee White Galvis, Merril Mahan, Jennifer New, Capera Ryan, and Jennifer Wright. This event is one of two main fundraisers that help the AFA bring inspiring and thought-provoking art to communities across the nation. Proceeds from the Spring Luncheon directly support curatorial research and exhibition development for future AFA projects.

TICKETS
$350 Individual Ticket ▪ $600 Supporter Ticket ▪ $3,500 Sponsor Table ▪ $6,000 Patron Table. Click here for tickets or contact us at 212.988.7700 x 209 or events@amfedarts.org.

SUPPORT
The 2017 AFA Spring Luncheon is sponsored by


Additional support provided by


Special thanks to
Matthew Robbins Design, Stella Giovanni, and David Zwirner Gallery
ABOUT THE AMERICAN FEDERATION OF ARTS
The American Federation of Arts is the leader in traveling exhibitions internationally. A nonprofit organization founded in 1909, the AFA is dedicated to enriching the public’s experience and understanding of the visual arts.

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2017 Spring Luncheon – Jeff Koons, Guest Speaker

May 17, 2017
12:00 PM Reception
12:30 PM Lunch
JW Marriott Essex House
160 Central Park South, NYC

TICKETS

Jeff Koons will be in conversation with Scott Rothkopf, Deputy Director for Programs and Nancy and Steve Crown Family Chief Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art and curator of the 2014 exhibition Jeff Koons: A Retrospective.

EVENT LEADERSHIP

CHAIR
Clare E. McKeon

CO-CHAIRS
Elizabeth Belfer
Stephanie Borynack Clark
Charlotte Eyerman
Ashleigh Fernandez
Lee White Galvis
Merrill Mahan
Jennifer New
Capera Ryan
Jennifer Wright

BENEFIT COMMITTEE
Anne Altchek
Ruth Appelhof
Betsy & Robert Barbanell
Bromley Caldari Architects
Michele & Martin Cohen
Yasaman Djunic
Alexandra Doan Drucker
Agnes Gund
Anthony Hirschel
Bonnie Kagan
Ann & Gilbert H. Kinney
Raya Keis Knight
Steph R. La Nasa
Barbara & Richard S. Lane
Raymond J. Learsy
Margot Linton
NancyJane & Jeffrey M. Loewy
Linda Macklowe
Charlene Marsh
Betsy Pitts
Katie Adams Schaeffer
Betsy Pinover Schiff
Sotheby’s
Ellen Taubman
Victoria Triplett
Monique Warshaw
Sandra Warshawsky
Pamala Wright
David Zwirner Gallery
List in formation as of 05.12.17

SUPPORT

Spring Luncheon Sponsored By


Additional Support Provided By
Christie’s

Special Thanks
Matthew Robbins Design
Stella Giovanni
David Zwirner Gallery


 

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“Women Artists in Paris 1850–1900” To Begin National Tour at Denver Art Museum

New York, NY (March 16, 2017): The groundbreaking exhibition Women Artists in Paris 1850–1900 broadly surveys a key chapter in art history in which an international group of female artists overcame gender-based restrictions to make remarkable creative strides. Featuring more than eighty paintings by thirty-seven artists from thirteen countries, drawn from prominent collections across the United States and abroad, this exhibition presents renowned artists such as Berthe Morisot (French), Mary Cassatt (American), and Rosa Bonheur (French) alongside lesser-known yet equally important peers including Anna Ancher (Danish), Lilla Cabot Perry (American), and Paula Modersohn-Becker (German). Women Artists in Paris 1850-1900 is curated by Laurence Madeline and organized by the American Federation of Arts. It will be presented at the Denver Art Museum, Colorado (October 22, 2017–January 14, 2018), the Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky (February 17–May 13, 2018), and the Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts (June 9–September 3, 2018).

Pauline Willis, director of the American Federation of Arts, notes: “We are very proud to showcase the works of these pioneering women who overcame immense obstacles to advance their art. The timeliness of this exhibition is inescapable, as women today continue to face barriers in the arts and beyond.”

During the mid-nineteenth century, Paris was the epicenter of the art world, luring artists from around the globe to its academies, museums, salons, and galleries. Scores of women artists traveled to the French capital to develop their art and further their careers, yet despite the city’s cosmopolitan character, gender norms remained strikingly conservative. Only later in the century did French women gain such fundamental rights as receiving a secondary education (1879), opening a bank account (1881), and obtaining legal guardianship of their children (1907). Furthermore, women were not allowed to attend the École des Beaux-Arts—the country’s most important art academy—until 1897. Barred from this prestigious institution, and largely unable to participate in the Salon system, women pursued alternative venues by attending private academies, exhibiting independently, and forming their own organizations, such as the influential Union des Femmes Peintres et Sculpteurs in 1881.

Moral and social stigmas also hindered women’s full participation in the period’s artistic circles. Taboos against females being seen in public without a chaperone limited their access to certain spaces and narrowed the range of subjects they could represent. History painting, the foremost genre of the Academy, relied on accurate depictions of nude or draped figures, but as most women artists had scant opportunities to study from nude models, many instead gravitated toward avant-garde movements. Such work often emphasized genre scenes, the models for which could be found in the domestic sphere.

Women Artists in Paris, 1850–1900 expands our understanding of this rich art historical period and demonstrates the formative role women artists played in the major currents of European Modernism, including Realism, Impressionism, and Symbolism. The forward-thinking women represented in this exhibition not only created powerful paintings but also generated a momentum that has led toward a more egalitarian art world.

EXHIBITION TOUR
Her Paris: Women Artists in the Age of Impressionism, Denver Art Museum, Colorado (October 22, 2017–January 14, 2018)
Women Artists in the Age of Impressionism, Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky (February 17–May 13, 2018)
Women Artists in Paris, 1850-1900, Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts (June 9–September 3, 2018)

CURATOR
Laurence Madeline is an independent curator and former Chief Curator of the fine arts division of the Musées d’art et d’histoire (MAH), Geneva. She served as Director of the Musée Léon Dierx, Saint-Denis de La Réunion; curator at the Musée d’Orsay, Paris; and, from 2000 to 2006, curator at the Musée Picasso, Paris. Her exhibitions include Courbet: les années suisses (2014, MAH); James Ensor (2009–10, Musée d’Orsay and Museum of Modern Art, New York); Picasso-Manet (2008–9, Musée d’Orsay); and Picasso-Ingres (2004, Musée Picasso and Musée Ingres), among others.

PUBLICATION
Women Artists in Paris, 1850–1900 will be accompanied by a scholarly catalogue, featuring an introductory overview by guest curator Laurence Madeline and contributions by Bridget Alsdorf, Jane R. Becker, Joëlle Bolloch, Vibeke Waallan Hansen, and Richard Kendall. Topics addressed include the influential work of women Impressionists; representations of the female artist in portraiture; the unique experiences of Nordic women artists; and the significant presence women artists occupied in the annual Paris Salon. The book is published by the American Federation of Arts in association with Yale University Press.

EXHIBITION CREDIT
Women Artists in Paris, 1850–1900 is organized by the American Federation of Arts and curated by independent curator Laurence Madeline.

The exhibition is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding is provided by the JFM Foundation, the Florence Gould Foundation, the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, Steph and Jody La Nasa, Victoria Ershova Triplett, the American-Scandinavian Foundation, and the Finlandia Foundation.

Support for the accompanying publication provided by Furthermore: a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund.

ABOUT THE AMERICAN FEDERATION OF ARTS
The American Federation of Arts is the leader in traveling exhibitions internationally. A nonprofit organization founded in 1909, the AFA is dedicated to enriching the public’s experience and understanding of the visual arts.

PRESS CONTACT: Natalie Espinosa, nespinosa@amfedarts.org / (212) 988.7700

AFA Statement about NEA and NEH

The American Federation of Arts affirms the vital role that the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) plays in making art accessible to people across the nation. For over one hundred years, the American Federation of Arts has endeavored to help museums of all sizes bring art of the highest quality to their communities, and it does so both with the important support of the NEA’s Arts and Artifacts Indemnity Program and grants for upcoming exhibitions.

Museums and cultural organizations inspire and offer a safe space where one can view and understand other cultures and another person’s experience. In addition to significantly contributing to strengthening our social fabric, they also add substantial value to our economy. According to Cultural Times, a study carried out by EY Advisory in 2015, the cultural industries influence income generation, job creation, and export earnings. They also boost the attractiveness of cities and act as a catalyst for urban development. Without the support of the NEA, many museums and arts organizations will suffer greatly, negatively impacting their ability to serve their communities, and thereby weakening our society and our economy.

American Federation of Arts Announces Collaboration with The Burrell Collection for its First-Ever Comprehensive International Presentation

New York, NY (February 13, 2017)—The American Federation of Arts (AFA) is pleased to announce its collaboration with Glasgow Museums for the first comprehensive international exhibition of works from the extraordinary Burrell Collection.

Amassed by the Glaswegian shipping magnate Sir William Burrell (1861–1958), and recognized as one of the world’s greatest personal collections of art and antiquities, the Burrell Collection comprises around 9,000 objects, from over 50 countries, covering thousands of years of history.

Showcasing the most extensive presentation of works from the Collection to be seen outside the UK, the exhibition will feature 125 key pieces ranging from ancient Chinese artifacts and medieval European masterpieces to groundbreaking works by leading modern masters, including Édouard Manet, Edgar Degas, and Paul Cézanne. This landmark exhibition, curated by James Robinson, Director of Burrell Renaissance, and a team of expert curators from Glasgow Museums, will tour up to five museums in North America beginning in 2018. This is the third collaboration between the AFA and Glasgow Museums and follows the highly successful exhibition Of Heaven and Earth: 500 Years of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums, which traveled to six venues in North America in 2013–2015 and showcased paintings by some of the greatest names in European art, including Giovanni Bellini, Sandro Botticelli, Domenichino, and Titian.

Highlights from the Burrell Collection include:

Burial urn, Neolithic period, ca. 3000–2000 BCE | Earthenware | 12 x 12 1/4 x 12 3/8 in. | © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection (38.12)

Neolithic burial urn (ca. 3000–2000 BC) One of the oldest works featured in the exhibition, this is one of many artifacts from the Neolithic period through the Qing dynasty that speak of Sir William Burrell’s respected status as a collector and connoisseur of Chinese art.

Meiping vase, Ming dynasty, Hongwu period, 1368–98 | Porcelain with underglaze blue decoration | 14 1/2 x 8 1/4 x 8 1/4 in. | © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection (38.433)

Ming dynasty meiping vase (1368–98) Made in Jingdezhen, China, which was the center for porcelain production during the Ming dynasty, this work is one of only four pieces of its kind known to have survived and is the only one held by a collection in the West.

Giovanni Bellini | Virgin and Child, ca. 1485–88 | Oil on panel | 44 1/16 x 35 3/8 x 6 7/8 in. (framed) | © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection (35.4)

Madonna and Child by Giovanni Bellini (ca. 1485–88) Prior to Burrell’s purchase of the work in 1936, it had hung in the Palazzo Barberini in Rome for over three hundred years.

Oak headboard of Henry VIII, 1539 | Oak, paint, gilding | 33 x 77 x 4 1/2 in. | © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection (14.236)

Headboard of King Henry VIII and Princess Anne of Cleves (1539) Carved in oak and decorated in black and gold, this extremely rare item of English royal furniture dates from the Tudor period. Its decorative scheme, which includes erotic images, vividly evokes the importance of hereditary dynastic succession through arranged marriage, which, controversially in this case, remained unconsummated and ended in divorce.

Rembrandt van Rijn | Self-Portrait, 1632 | Oil on panel | 36 x 29 1/2 x 2 1/2 in. (framed) | © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection (35.600)

Self-Portrait by Rembrandt van Rijn (1632) This painting once belonged to the French royal collection before it was sold by the infamous revolutionary Louis Philippe, Duke of Orléans, in London in 1792. It was acquired by Sir William Burrell from the Viscount Rothemere Collection in 1946.

Paul Cézanne | The Chateau of Medan, ca. 1879–80 | Oil on canvas | 32 15/16 x 37 15/16 x 5 1/8 in. | © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection (35.53)

Château of Médan by Paul Cézanne (ca. 1879–80) This painting records the artist’s visits to the writer Émile Zola’s house on the banks of the River Seine and was once owned by the post-impressionist painter Paul Gauguin.

Auguste Rodin | The Thinker, 1880–81 | Bronze | 28 x 15 3/8 x 22 7/8 in. | © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection (7.8)

The Thinker by Auguste Rodin (1880) Originally the centerpiece of an elaborate doorway intended for the museum of decorative arts in Paris, The Thinker became one of Rodin’s bestloved sculptures. Sir William Burrell purchased this casting in 1922.

The exhibition will incorporate new research into Sir William Burrell’s collecting habits and examine how his acquisitions evolved and matured. Visitors will learn how this Scotsman, a contemporary of prominent American collectors, such as William Randolph Hearst and Charles Freer, cultivated one of the world’s finest personal collections.

Pauline Willis, Director of the American Federation of Arts, stated, “This is a unique opportunity to show the Burrell Collection in North America. We are very excited to once again collaborate with Glasgow Museums to bring this inspiring collection to American audiences.”

James Robinson, Director of Burrell Renaissance, said, “It is a wonderful privilege to be able to share Burrell’s incredible gift with peer institutions in North America. Audiences in the US will experience for the first time a unique array of jewel-like treasures whether they be highly prized panels of medieval stained glass, rare Chinese jades or startlingly modern compositions by artists such as Degas and Cézanne. The touring exhibition with AFA is an exciting platform for us that underlines a wider international strategy for the Burrell Collection to be evidenced in future exhibition and research partnerships.”

With outstanding examples comparable in quality to those housed at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Collection’s particular strengths lie in late medieval art; Chinese ceramics, bronzes, and jades; and Islamic piled carpets. Featured works reveal the breadth of Burrell’s acquisitions; the exhibition will also celebrate Burrell’s renowned collection of European paintings from the sixteenth through the late nineteenth century, including important works by Giovanni Bellini, Eugène Louis Boudin, Paul Cézanne, Gustave Courbet, Lucas Cranach the Elder, Honoré Daumier, Edgar Degas, Frans Hals the Elder, Édouard Manet, Jacob and Matthijs Maris, Jean-François Millet, Rembrandt van Rijn, and sculptures by Auguste Rodin.

The touring masterpieces of the Burrell Collection will serve as a timely reminder of the scope and global significance of Sir William’s unique collection. After more than 70 years of expert collecting, Sir William gifted his life’s work to the city of Glasgow in 1944. A Private Bill to allow items from the Collection to tour overseas was approved by the Scottish Parliament in 2014. This exhibition is the first time the Burrell Collection will be presented abroad on such a large scale.

GUEST CURATORS

James Robinson, Director of Burrell Renaissance, Glasgow Museums
Vivien Hamilton, Research Manager for Art, Glasgow Museums Rebecca Quinton, Curator of European Costume and Textiles, Glasgow Museums
Dr. Noorah Al-Gailani, Curator of Islamic Civilizations, Glasgow Museums Dr. Yupin Chung, Curator of Chinese Art, Glasgow Museums
Dr. Jo Meacock, Curator of British Art, Glasgow Museums
Pippa Stephenson, Curator of European Art, Glasgow Museums

ABOUT THE BURRELL COLLECTION

The Burrell Collection is a leading cultural asset for the City of Glasgow and the nation and is of international significance. The Collection, which reflects Sir William Burrell’s lifelong passion for art and history, was donated to the City of Glasgow by Sir William and Lady Burrell.

Works have commenced on the £66 million refurbishment of the Category A-listed building and redisplay of the Burrell Collection, creating a new visitor experience. Refurbishment plans will turn the building into an exemplar of sustainability, transforming it from a building with a large carbon footprint into an energy efficient, modern museum. In addition, a much greater proportion of the 9,000-strong Collection will be made accessible with store rooms opened to the public for the first time, and a new central core greatly increasing access to the many artworks. For more information about the Burrell Collection, visit www.burrellcollection.com.

ABOUT GLASGOW MUSEUMS

Glasgow Museums operates nine civic museums throughout Glasgow, which is a major cultural center in the United Kingdom. The museums attract almost four million visits a year through a combination of their permanent displays and world-class exhibitions. They are all free to visit. For further information, visit www.glasgowlife.org.uk.

ABOUT THE AMERICAN FEDERATION OF ARTS

The American Federation of Arts is the leader in traveling exhibitions internationally. A nonprofit organization founded in 1909, the AFA is dedicated to enriching the public’s experience and understanding of the visual arts through organizing and touring art exhibitions for presentation in museums around the world, publishing exhibition catalogues featuring important scholarly research, and developing educational programs. For more information about the AFA, visit www.amfedarts.org.

Press Contact: Natalie Espinosa, nespinosa@amfedarts.org or +1 (212) 988.7700 x 205

U.S.-China Museum Summit Brings Leaders of Major Museums in China to the United States for Dialogue and Collaboration with their U.S. Counterparts

New York, September 16, 2016—The American Federation of Arts (AFA), Asia Society, the Chinese Museums Association, and the Nanjing Museum are pleased to announce the U.S.- China Museum Summit that will take place in New York City from September 25 to 28, 2016, bringing together museum directors and cultural leaders from both countries. Participants will explore opportunities for cultural exchange, develop tangible plans for ongoing institutional collaborations, and build connections with their peers. The Summit will provide a forum for participants to engage in a series of moderated discussions, networking meetings, and museum visits. Keynote addresses will be given by Martin Roth, Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and Hsueh-man Shen, Associate Professor: Ehrenkranz Chair in World Art at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts. Inaugural remarks will be made by Pauline Willis, Director of the AFA; Boon Hui Tan, Vice President of Global Arts & Cultural Programs and Director of Asia Society Museum; Gong Liang, Vice President of Chinese Museums Association and Director of Nanjing Museum; and Tom Finkelpearl, New York City’s Commissioner for Cultural Affairs.

“We are delighted to be able to continue the exchange we began with our Chinese colleagues over three years ago,” said Pauline Willis, director of the American Federation of Arts. “By better understanding the ways museums work in both countries we can ensure many successful collaborations in the future.”

Boon Hui Tan, Vice President of Global Arts & Cultural Programs and Director of Asia Society Museum, said, “We are pleased to be convening the U.S-China Museum Summit, building on previous summits in Shanghai and Hangzhou in 2014 and in Beijing in 2012. Through these gatherings, U.S. museum directors have been able to engage in direct and meaningful dialogue with their peers in China, who share many of the same challenges and opportunities.”

Participants will address and examine the profound differences and increasing similarities in American and Chinese museological ideologies, exploring how different perspectives affect governance, programming, collections management, the interpretation of objects, community outreach, and museum partnerships. Additionally, participants will take a closer look at the major challenges facing museums in both the United States and China, as well as the role that collaborations can play in helping institutions stay true to their core mission and relevant to the broader public.

Approximately twenty directors from major Chinese museums, including the Capital Museum, Palace Museum, National Art Museum of China, and Nanjing Museum, will be present. Participating directors from major American museums include: Kaywin Feldman, Minneapolis Institute of Art; Brian Ferriso, Portland Art Museum; William M. Griswold, Cleveland Museum of Art; Christoph Heinrich, Denver Art Museum; Glenn D. Lowry, Museum of Modern Art, New York; Dan L. Monroe, Peabody-Essex Museum; and Alex Nyerges, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

The U.S.-China Museum Summit will build on the dialogues on U.S.-China museum partnerships and exchanges that were the focus of Meeting the West: Exhibitions from American Museums (Nanjing, 2014), organized by the American Federation of Arts and the Nanjing Museum, and Asia Society’s U.S.-China Museum Leaders Forum (Shanghai and Hangzhou, 2014), and U.S.-China Museum Directors Forum (Beijing, 2012) held as part of the organization’s initiative Transfuze: The Asia Arts and Museum Network. Members of the media are invited to the following events associated with the summit. Preregistration is required.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26

New York Public Library, Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street. Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III Trustee Room
8:30 am: Check in
8:45–9:15 am: Opening remarks (with simultaneous translation)
* Pauline Willis, Director, American Federation of Arts
* Boon Hui Tan, Vice President of Global Arts & Cultural Programs and Director of Asia Society Museum
* Gong Liang, Vice President of the Board, Chinese Museums Association & Director of Nanjing Museum
* Tom Finkelpearl, Commissioner, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs 9:15–10:30 am: Keynote presentations and moderated discussion (with simultaneous translation)
* Martin Roth, Director, Victoria and Albert Museum
* Hsueh-man Shen, Associate Professor: Ehrenkranz Chair in World Art, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University * Moderator: Gong Liang, Vice President of the Board, Chinese Museums Association & Director of Nanjing Museum

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27

Asia Society Museum, 725 Park Ave (at 70th Street), New York City

5:00–6:00 pm: Press availability with visiting museum directors
6:30–8:00 pm: Public program and discussion moderated by Boon Hui Tan, Vice President of Global Arts & Cultural Programs and Director of Asia Society Museum

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

The American Federation of Arts and Asia Society, New York are grateful to the following sponsors for their generous support of the U.S.-China Museum Summit: E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation Terra Foundation for American Art The Julis-Rabinowitz Family Art InitiativeK11 Art Foundation Diller Scofidio + Renfro MAD Architects DSL Collection Ennead Architects Additional support provided by: Brooklyn Museum, Chambers Fine Art, James Cohan Gallery, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, New York Public Library, Sotheby’s, Warwick Hotel, Whitney Museum of American Art, and Noelle Xie.

ABOUT THE AMERICAN FEDERATION OF ARTS

The American Federation of Arts is the leader in traveling exhibitions internationally. A nonprofit organization founded in 1909, the AFA is dedicated to enriching the public’s experience and understanding of the visual arts through organizing and touring art exhibitions for presentation in museums around the world, publishing exhibition catalogues featuring important scholarly research, and developing educational programs. For more information about the AFA, visit www.afaweb.org.

ABOUT ASIA SOCIETY

Asia Society is the leading educational organization dedicated to promoting mutual understanding and strengthening partnerships among peoples, leaders, and institutions of Asia and the United States in a global context. Across the fields of arts, business, culture, education, and policy, the Society provides insight, generates ideas, and promotes collaboration to address present challenges and create a shared future. Founded in 1956 by John D. Rockefeller 3rd, Asia Society is a nonpartisan, nonprofit institution with major cultural centers in New York, Hong Kong, and Houston, and offices in Los Angeles, Manila, Mumbai, San Francisco, Seoul, Shanghai, Sydney, Washington, DC, and Zurich.

Contact Information : Natalie Espinosa: nespinosa@afaweb.org / 212.9887700 x 205
Elaine Merguerian: EMerguerian@asiasociety.org / 212-327-9313

Private Tour of The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation

April 21, 2017
10:00–11:30 am
Robert Rauschenberg Foundation
381 Lafayette Street, NYC
For AFA Members Only

SOLD OUT!

From 1965-1970, the artist Robert Rauschenberg lived and worked in a five-story Northern Renaissance Revival town house on Lafayette Street in Manhattan. Purchased from a Catholic mission, the artist used the building’s most unusual feature–a four-story chapel–as both a studio space for large-scale works and a space for public gatherings. Historic uses of the chapel include: a Rauschenberg-led press conference announcing 9 Evenings: Theatre & Engineering (1966), a silkscreen studio for Revolvers (1967) and Soundings (1968), and exhibition space for Oracle (1967). Today the building houses the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation’s offices as well as its archives, which contain the most comprehensive body of information on the artist’s life and career.

This intimate tour will bring visitors into the first-floor gallery (where a rotating exhibition of Rauschenberg’s work will be on view) and the chapel (which remains relatively untouched since the artist’s time). Julia Blaut, Curator and Director of Curatorial Affairs, Megan Canning, Manager of Media & Special Projects, and Francine Snyder, Director of Archives and Scholarship will lead this special tour.

For more information about the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, please visit www.rauschenbergfoundation.org.

Please note that the building is not open to the public and is not handicap accessible. There are stairs to enter the building and to access the chapel.

Curator-Led Tour of the 2017 Whitney Biennial

April 10, 2017
10:30–11:30 AM
Whitney Museum of American Art
99 Gansevoort Street, NYC
Free AFA Members – LIMITED AVAILABILITY

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Guided tour of the Whitney Biennial with Christopher Y. Lew, Nancy and Fred Poses Associate Curator, and co-curator of the Biennial.

Whitney Biennial 2017

The formation of self and the individual’s place in a turbulent society are among the key themes reflected in the work of the artists selected for the 2017 Whitney Biennial. The exhibition includes sixty-three participants, ranging from emerging to well-established individuals and collectives working in painting, sculpture, drawing, installation, film and video, photography, activism, performance, music, and video game design.

The Whitney Biennial is the longest running survey of contemporary art in the United States, with a history of exhibiting the most promising and influential artists and provoking lively debate. The 2017 Biennial is the Museum’s seventy-eighth in a continuous series of Annual and Biennial exhibitions initiated by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney in 1932. It is the first to be held in the Whitney’s downtown home at 99 Gansevoort Street, and the largest ever in terms of gallery space.

The 2017 Whitney Biennial is co-curated by Christopher Y. Lew and Mia Locks.

 

Special Visit to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

May 8–May 9, 2017
RSVP by April 3
For AFA Members Only
Limited Availability

For information, please contact events@amfedarts.org or 212.988.7700 x 209.

Join Pauline Willis, Director, and a group of trustees of the American Federation of Arts, on a special visit to the renowned Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas.

Guests will be treated to an exclusive tour of the museum as well as visits to regional highlights that include Frank Lloyd Wright’s Bachman-Wilson House, the Walmart Museum, Walton’s 5 & 10 (the original store), as well as special installation artworks by Leo Villareal and James Turrell.

Contribution: $1,100 per person; includes lodging, meals, and local transportation. It does not include airfare and airport transfers.

Curator-Led Tour of  “Paris Refashioned, 1957–1968”

February 23, 2017
10
11 am
The Museum at The Fashion Institute of Technology
227 West 27th Street (at 7th Avenue), NYC
Free for AFA Members
$25 for Non-Members

PURCHASE TICKETS

Join us for a private curator-led tour of Paris Refashioned, 19571968 at the Museum of The Fashion Institute of Technology before the museum opens to the public.

Paris Refashioned, 19571968 highlights one of the most groundbreaking time periods in fashion history. While many books and exhibitions about this era position London as the center of innovative, youth-oriented design, this limited perspective overlooks the significant role that Paris continued to play in the fashion industry. Paris Refashioned, 1957-1968 examines the combined influence of French haute couture, ready-to-wear, and popular culture during this era, with particular emphasis on how fashion was perceived and promoted by the American fashion press. All objects on view were selected from The Museum at FIT’s permanent collection of more than 50,000 objects.

Please click here to read more about the exhibition.

Paris Refashioned, 1957-1968 is made possible by the Couture Council. Additional funding is provided by the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.