Past Events

Susan Mikula in conversation with Christopher Bonanos with introductory remarks by Maya Benton

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 | 6:30 - 8:00 PM


Susan Mikula works with old and new technologies, constructing her work within self-imposed limits. She uses vintage cameras and a wide range of expired and modern instant films.  These rules, these requirements, work like form in a poem, or true likeness in a painted portrait: fulfilling the requirements allows a specific kind of beauty to emerge; one in which an old camera and an empty hallway produce a picture that is both familiar and out of reach. Born in 1958, Mikula resides in Massachusetts and New York.


Christopher Bonanos is the city editor of New York magazine, where he writes and edits stories about urban affairs and culture. He's the author of Flash: The Making Of Weegee The Famous (Henry Holt, 2018) and Instant: The Story Of Polaroid (Princeton Architectural Press, 2012). Bonanos lives in New York with his wife and their son.

Jason Lazarus’s T.H.T.K in NYC

March 5-April 20, 2019
Drop-Off Location: Sara Kay Gallery, 4 East 2nd St, NY

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Jason Lazarus’s T.H.T.K. (2010-Present) project preserves the painful memories that public participants have attached to private, intimate snapshots by serving as a repository and archive for images and photo ephemera that people have deemed “too hard to keep”: the love that is lost, the friend who has died, the house that no longer stands, the bruised cheek, the relationship that has turned ugly, the dream that was never attained, the promise unfulfilled. For the duration of Expired (March 4 – April 20, 2019), Sara Kay Gallery will act as a physical drop off location for submissions to Jason Lazarus’s T.H.T.K.

The Guidelines:

Submissions may include photographs, slides, photo albums, memory cards, unprocessed film, or any image-charged object. The artist does not need to know the reason that you cannot live with the photo or photo-object; the images are shown without explanation or attribution. “I am creating a repository for these images so that they may exist without being destroyed,” Lazarus explains. Please dictate whether the photographs you submit to the archive may be exhibited in the future, with other submissions to the archive, or are private photographs that are only to be displayed face down. All submissions are exhibited anonymously.

Jason Lazarus’s 202-456-1111 Series

March 5-April 20, 2019
For the ACLU and Planned Parenthood

Jason Lazarus,  Untitled (#79),  2018

Jason Lazarus, Untitled (#79), 2018

Jason Lazarus has been creating unique photograms of the White House phone number – which had been disconnected when the current administration took power – since the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States. Made quickly, and in the dark, ten hastily scrawled digits fill the frame. Referencing the language of protest signs, they convey a sense of anxiety and unease. 

The artist has a rare congenital condition, arthrogryposis, which is the same condition affecting The New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski – who was mocked by Trump on his presidential campaign trail. “The repetition of resistance requires close scrutiny,” Lazarus explains, “the lives of the targets of this administration are infinite, complex, and irreducible.”

Work from the 202 series will be exhibited alongside Lazarus’s Recordings #4, (Burying Stalin) installation at Sara Kay Gallery. 

Integral to the spirit of these works, all proceeds from the sale of Lazarus’s unique 202-456-1111 photograms will be donated to Planned Parenthood or the American Civil Liberties Association (ACLU), at the selection of the collector who purchases the works.

Jason Lazarus in conversation with Brian Wallis with introductory remarks by Maya Benton

Thursday, April 4, 2019 | 6:30 - 8:00 PM


Jason Lazarus is an artist exploring vision and visibility. His work includes a range of fluid methodologies: found and appropriated images, text-as-image, animated GIFs, photo-based sculptures, pigment-inks-as-image, live archives, and public submission repositories among others.  Lazarus also organizes PDF-OBJECTS, an itinerant sculpture/text repository; Coco Hunday, an alternative exhibition space in Tampa, FL; and is Co-Founder of Chicago Artist Writers, a platform that invites artists and art workers to write traditional and experimental criticism with a focus on under-represented arts programming in Chicago. Currently, Lazarus is an Assistant Professor of Art and Art History at the University of South Florida.


Brian Wallis is a writer, curator, and historian of photography. He is Curator for the Walther Collection, New York / Ulm, and was formerly Deputy Director and Chief Curator at the International Center of Photography, New York, 2000-15. He previously worked at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and the New Museum of Contemporary Art. Wallis is the author or editor of numerous books, including The Order of Things (2015), Weegee: Murder is My Business” (2012), Miroslav Tichy (2010). He is Coeditor of the forthcoming volume, Imagining Everyday Life: Engagements with Vernacular Photography (Steidl, 2019).


Re-Imagining the Image 

January 16, 2019

International Center of Photography Museum

The International Center of Photography (ICP) hosted an evening presentation by Alinka Echeverría on Wednesday, January 16, 2019. As part of their Re-Imagining the Image series examining film, photography and new media from the artist’s perspective, Echeverría discussed her most recent projects, followed by a conversation with curator, Maya Benton.

Following the event at the ICP, Sara Kay Gallery hosted a reception with extended hours inviting the public to view and experience the installation first-hand. 

Courtesy of the artist

Courtesy of the artist

Artist-Led Tour of Landscape: Division and Development with Chrystel Lebas

October 23, 2018

Artist, Christel Lebas led a tour of Landscape: Division and Development, Works on Paper from Dürer to Hockney, and presented her own work in the show.

Chrystal Lebas is best known for her Photography and Film works that explore the often complex relationship between human beings and the natural world. Lebas worked in collaboration with the Natural History Museum in London, retracing the steps of British ecologist, Sir Edward James Salisbury. The resulting ‘Field Studies: Walking through Landscapes and Archives’ was winner of the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation Best Photography Book 2018.

Celebrating Female Agency in the Arts Conference, Christie’s Education New York

June 26 - 27, 2018 

The Celebrating Female Agency in the Arts Conference,  organized by Christie’s Education New York, saw over 170 people gathered at Christie’s auction house to listen to 70 presentations which chronicled the essential contribution women made to the arts. As Sara Kay mentioned in her keynote address, celebration is an act of gratitude that bring many different people together. For two days,  the audience had the opportunity to discover extraordinary women who through their activities as supporters or producers of art challenged the limitation imposed by society on their gender. The presentations covered a lot of ground, historically and geographically, but the most important was that people exchanged, shared their experience and their knowledge, discussed the challenges they faced while conducting their research. 

Keynote speaker at the Conference was Sara Kay.

Watch the video here. 


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Experimental Weaving Workshop with Victoria Manganiello

Saturday, March 10, 2018 | 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Join contemporary artist, Victoria Manganiello for this hands-on workshop where participants will learn the basic principals of cloth weaving, and look at a variety of materials and structures used in weaving. Victoria will discuss how this process is implemented into the production of her artwork and everyone will have a chance to make a small woven piece of their own using a peg loom.


Maria Giulia Maremoti, Sara Kay, Anne Huntington, Isolde Brielmaier

Maria Giulia Maremoti, Sara Kay, Anne Huntington, Isolde Brielmaier

Beyond Collecting: Female Arts Patrons And Expanded Definitions Of Support

Monday, December 18, 2017 | 6:30 PM -  8:00 PM

Join POWarts at Sara Kay Gallery for a panel discussion addressing representation, visibility, and criticism in the arts. This panel discussion will raise essential questions about feminism and diversity in the arts, providing a framework for all industry professionals to better address and understand these issues.

Moderated by POWarts Founder Sara Kay, the panel will feature Isolde Brielmaier, Executive Director of Arts, Culture & Community, Westfield; Anne Huntington, collector and Head of Strategy and Business Development, Huntington Learning Center; and Maria Giulia Maramotti, collector and Retail Director, Max Mara.

Watch the video here.


Audrey B. Heckler in Conversation with Sara Kay

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 | 6.30 - 8.00pm

Audrey is a leading collector of works by self-taught artists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. A Limitless Vision: The Collection of Audrey B. Heckler, currently on view at Sara Kay Gallery, features over 30 rare and important paintings, drawings, and sculptures from Audrey’s prestigious collection, many of which are exhibited to the public for the first time. 

Topics of conversation will include Sara Kay's tribute to Audrey as a female art collector, Audrey's unwavering commitment to outsider art, and a discussion of how her collection traces the development of outsider art from the 20th century to today. Audrey will provide insight to the exhibited works which span a wide range of subject matter, materials, voices and visions by celebrated American artists, such as Martín Ramírez, David Butler, and James Castle, as well European artists Adolf Wölfli, Augustin Lesage, and Aloise Corbaz.

Audrey serves on the boards of both the American Folk Art Museum and the Foundation for Self-Taught Artists in Philadelphia, and is the President and Founder of the Foundation to Promote Self-Taught Art. 

The full video can be viewed on our Video Channel page.

Image courtesy of Tyler Stroh

Image courtesy of Tyler Stroh