Author: Natalie Espinosa

Tour of “Giorgio de Chirico-Giulio Paolini/Giulio Paolini-Giorgio de Chirico”

February 7, 2017
5 pm
Center for Italian Modern Art
421 Broome Street, 4th Floor, NYC

The exhibition explores the relationship between one of Italy’s greatest living artists, Giulio Paolini (b. 1940), and one of its most celebrated modern masters, the Metaphysical painter Giorgio de Chirico (1888–1978). Paolini has often expressed his admiration for de Chirico, hailing him as an “illustrious model” and incorporating numerous references to the artist in his own photographs, sculptures, and drawings throughout the course of his career. This exhibition features an ongoing conceptual work by Paolini, Interno metafisico (2009–16), reconceived specifically for CIMA’s galleries, as well as a series of historical and new works related to various tropes in de Chirico’s paintings. The installation also showcases a selection of de Chirico’s most iconic Metaphysical masterworks, on view in the U.S. for the first time since 1970, including most notably Le Muse Inquietanti (The Disquieting Muses) (1918).

For questions or to RSVP, please email or call 212.988.7700 x 209.

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

February 23, 2017
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


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.

Tour of the Flag Art Foundation

January 25, 2017
9:30-10:30 am
The FLAG Art Foundation
545 West 25th Street, 9th Floor, NYC
Free for AFA Members
$20 for Non-Members


Please join us for a private tour of the FLAG Art Foundation led by Jon Rider, Assistant Director, and Risa Daniels, Exhibitions and Programs Manager, before the foundation is open to the public.

We will visit two exhibitions:

The exhibition initiates a tête-a- tête between two masters of contemporary painting—from the vastly different backgrounds of Beirut and Germany—who continue to challenge the concept of working in a single style or media, translating their explosive color abstractions and painting processes to canvas, ceramic, glass, and the antiquated, decorative object of tapestry.


Daignault’s new series of paintings—part solo exhibition, virtual group show, and curatorial project—resulted from collaborating with thirty artists, including Cory Arcangel, Sadie Barnette, Carol Bove, Robert Gober, Josephine Meckseper, Jonathan Monk, Fred Wilson, and many more. As it’s now rarer to experience a physical art object than its surrogate, the exhibition explores the role of the virtual in contemporary art, as well as ideas of agency, collaborative appropriation, and the traces we leave behind.

The FLAG Art Foundation, founded in 2008 by art patron Glenn Fuhrman, is a non-profit contemporary art institution that encourages the appreciation of contemporary art among a diverse audience. FLAG presents four to six exhibitions a year that include artworks by international established and emerging artists, borrowed from a variety of sources. FLAG invites a broad range of creative individuals to curate exhibitions and works in-depth with artists to provide curatorial support and a platform to realize their own solo exhibitions.

For questions or to register as an AFA Member, please email or contact us at 212.988.7700 x 209.

Tour of the New Art Dealers Alliance Fair

March 3, 2017

5:30–6:30 pm
Skylight Clarkson North
572 Washington Street, NYC

Join us for a special guided tour of the New Art Dealers Alliance fair with Executive Director, Heather Hubbs. The sixth edition of NADA New York will take place March 2-5 at Skylight Clarkson North, located at 572 Washington Street.

New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) is the definitive non-profit arts organization dedicated to the cultivation, support, and advancement of new voices in contemporary art. Founded in 2002, NADA’s mission is to create an open flow of information, support, and collaboration within the arts field and to develop a stronger sense of community among its constituency. NADA hosts two fairs a year, one in New York and one in Miami Beach.

Skylight Clarkson North, located in West Soho, was built in 1933 to house and unload trains from the historic High Line track. Once the southernmost terminal of the High Line, the 70,000-square foot space is one of the city’s largest and most exclusive venues.

For questions or to RSVP, please email or call 212.988.7700 x 209.

This event is open to AFA Members only. To join the AFA, click here.

2017 Spring Luncheon – Jeff Koons, Guest Speaker

May 17, 2017
12-2 PM
JW Marriott Essex House
160 Central Park South, NYC

Join us for this year’s Spring Luncheon featuring guest speaker Jeff Koons! Your support will help us make art accessible to small and large communities across the nation.


Internationally recognized artist Jeff Koons is widely known for his iconic sculptures Rabbit and Balloon Dog as well as his monumental floral works Puppy and Split-Rocker. Working with everyday objects, his work revolves around themes of self-acceptance and transcendence.

Since his first solo exhibition in 1980, Koons’s work has been shown in major galleries and institutions throughout the world. His work was the subject of a major 2014/15 exhibition organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art, Jeff Koons: A Retrospective, which traveled to the Centre Pompidou Paris and the Guggenheim Bilbao.

Koons lives and works in New York City.

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Gods and Heroes: Masterpieces from the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris


Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma City, OK: June 19–September 14, 2014
Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, Albuquerque, NM: October 12, 2014–January 4, 2015
Artis—Naples, The Baker Museum, Naples, FL: February 21–May 17, 2015
Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR: June 13–September 13, 2015

This rich overview of masterpieces from the École des Beaux-Arts—the original school of fine arts in Paris and a repository for work by Europe’s most renowned artists since the seventeenth century—includes over 140 paintings, sculptures, and works on paper dating from the seventeenth through nineteenth centuries. The focus is on epic themes such as courage, sacrifice, and death, as well as the ways that changing political and philosophical systems affected the choice and execution of these subjects. Among the featured works are paintings by Jacques Louis David, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Anne-Louis Girodet, and Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres; sculpture by Antoine Louis Barye, Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, Jean-Antoine Houdon, and Francois Rude; drawings by François Boucher, Leonardo da Vinci, Nicolas Poussin, Titian, and Jean Antoine Watteau; and prints by Albrecht Dürer and Rembrandt van Rijn.

The epic deeds of gods and heroes, enshrined in the Bible and the works of Homer, were the primary narratives from which both aspiring and established academicians drew their inspiration. Their ideology was rooted in the study of the idealized human form as envisioned in classical art. At the École, learning how to construct persuasive and powerful paintings from carefully delineated anatomy, expressive faces, and convincing architectural and landscape settings was understood by aspiring artists to be the route to success and recognition.

Gods and Heroes offers unique insight into the development of an aesthetic ideology that fostered some of western art’s most magnificent achievements. Among the masterworks included are Charles-Joseph Natoire’s Sacrifice of Manoah (1721); Joseph-Marie Vien’s David Resigns himself to the will of the Lord, who struck his kingdom of the plague (1743); Jacques-Louis David’s Erasistratus Discovers the Cause of Antiochus’s Disease (1774); and Jean-Auguste-Dominque Ingres’s Achilles Receiving the Ambassadors of Agamemnon (1801).


Emmanuel Schwartz has been Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the École des Beaux-Arts since 1996 and has written extensively on the history of its buildings and collections. Among his recent exhibitions are L’École de la liberté: Être Artiste À Paris, 1648 – 1817 (2009) and The Legacy of Homer: Four Centuries of Art from the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris (2005). He is also the author of Les Sculptures de l’École des Beaux-Arts de Paris — Histoire, Doctrine, Catalogue (2003).


The exhibition is organized by the American Federation of Arts and the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris. The project is supported by a grant from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. In-kind support is provided by Barbara and Richard S. Lane.

Transatlantic Encounters: Latin American Artists in Paris Between the Wars, 1918–39

Traveling to three venues beginning in 2018/19.

In the years between World War I and World War II, Paris was the epicenter of the art world, attracting artists from across the globe. The city held particular appeal for Latin American artists—over 300 arrived there during this period, engaging with nearly every major modernist development, including Cubism, Constructivism, Surrealism, and a range of figural styles.  Their encounters with and participation in the international avant-garde community in Paris both shaped the future direction of modern Latin American art and expanded the worldview of European artists.

The result of pioneering research and scholarship, Transatlantic Encounters: Latin American Artists in Paris between the Wars, 1918–39 is the first exhibition to focus on the work of the Latin American artists who converged in Paris during the pivotal interwar years and explore their unique and significant contributions to modernism. This story of transnational cultural exchange and artistic transformation is told through approximately 125 exceptional paintings and sculptures, as well as photographs, original exhibition brochures, and other archival material, drawn from prominent collections worldwide. The exhibition features work by renowned artists, such as Roberto Matta, Diego Rivera, and Joaquín Torres-García, and introduces lesser-known masters, such as Amelia Peláez, Emilio Pettoruti, and Xul Solar.

Expatriate Latin American artists developed unique artistic identities that merged their individual cultural roots with their cosmopolitan experiences in Paris. In the highly competitive art world of Paris during this period, Latin American artists with varying aesthetic points of view also allied themselves with one another and began to identify themselves as a unified group, ultimately shaping the notion of “Latin American art.” Organized thematically, Transatlantic Encounters will highlight key artists and movements, present the range of artist styles, and reveal the dynamic interplay between the Latin American community and the Parisian art world.


The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated publication written by Michele Greet. Both a companion to the exhibition and a valuable resource for scholars and the general public, it provides a broad social, critical, and art historical context for the works on display.


Michele Greet is Director of Art History and Associate Professor of 20th century Latin American Art History at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. With the support of a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship (2012–13), she wrote the scholarly monograph Transatlantic Encounters: Latin American Artists in Paris between the Wars, 1918–39, upon which the exhibition is based. Author of Beyond National Identity: Pictorial Indigenism as a Modernist Strategy in Andean Art, 1920–1960 (2009), Greet has written and lectured widely on modern Latin American art. She also serves on the advisory board for the Art Museum of the Americas, Washington, D.C.


For more information, contact Curator Margery King at 212.988.7700 ext. 246 or


This exhibition is organized by the American Federation of Arts.

Curator-Led Tour of “Kerry James Marshall: Mastry”

December 15, 2016
9:00-10:00 am
The Met Breuer
945 Madison Avenue, NYC
Free for AFA Members
$30 Non-Members


Join us for a private tour of Kerry James Marshall: Mastry at the Met Breuer. The tour will be guided by Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator in the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art.

This comprehensive retrospective of some seventy-five paintings by Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955, Birmingham, Alabama) marks the artist’s largest museum exhibition to date. The show spans his remarkable thirty-five year career, from his earliest collages through paintings made in the past two years, revealing the complex and challenging creative output of one of today’s most important living artists.

Marshall is a painter whose work reflects and challenges the time and culture he inhabits. Driven by an examination of the historical dearth and the recent arrival of the black figure in the canon of Western art, he is immersed in the history of painting, particularly the century-long conflict between figuration and abstraction. Marshall presents a vision of American history committed to the narratives—triumphs and failures both—of individual African Americans as well as the concept of blackness as a whole. On the grand scale of the Old Masters, Marshall’s work engages with themes of visibility and invisibility, portraiture and self-portraiture, religious iconography, the politics of Pan-Africanism and black militancy, and the ethics of painting.

The exhibition is made possible by the Ford Foundation, Kenneth and Rosalind Landis, and the H. Tony and Marti Oppenheimer Foundation.

Additional support is provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

The exhibition is organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

Tour of Historic Whitney Studio and New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture

December 9, 2016
9:30–10:30 am
8 West 8th Street, NYC
Free for AFA Members
$20 Non-Members


Join us for a tour of the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture’s National Historic Landmark building, which was the original site of the Whitney Museum.

During the tour we will visit Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney’s (1875-1942) studio located within the larger school complex, and discuss her work as a sculptor and arts patron. The studio is one of few surviving examples of the work of artist Robert Winthrop Chanler (1872-1930) and a masterpiece of early twentieth-century decorative art.

For questions, please email or contact us at 212.988.7700 x 209.09.

Day Trip to Katonah Museum of Art & William Louis-Dreyfus Foundation


November 9, 2016
Katonah Museum of Art
Katonah, NY
9:00 am–4:30 pm
$50 AFA Members / $75 Non-Members


Join AFA members and patrons for an exclusive day trip to Katonah!

10:30 am–11:30 am
The group will be treated to a guided tour of Matisse Drawings: Curated by Ellsworth Kelly from The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation Collection, the AFA exhibition that will open soon at the Katonah Museum of Art.

12:00 pm–1:30 pm
Lunch at a restaurant in Mount Kisco.

2:00 pm–3:00 pm
The day will conclude with a guided visit to the William Louis-Dreyfus Foundation, that includes over 3,000 extraordinary pieces by artists such as George Boorujy, James Castle, Thornton Dial, Alberto Giacometti, Red Grooms, Claes Oldenburg, Sam Szafran, and Bill Traylor.

-Transportation will be provided.
-All contributions support the development of AFA exhibitions and programs.
-Space is limited. Please RSVP by Thursday, November 3 to Amanda Haber or call 212.988.7700 x 209.
-For more information about AFA Membership, call 212.988.7700 ext. 291 or email