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

April 17, 2019

Susan Mikula works with old and new technologies. She embraces the unpredictability of expired Polaroid film and vintage Polaroid cameras, constructing her work within rigorous, self-imposed limits.

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 Instant: The Story of Polaroid (Princeton Architectural Press, 2012) and Flash: The Making of Weegee the Famous (Henry Holt, 2018), a New York Times Best Art Book of 2018, and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for best biography of 2018.

Topics of conversation include Susan Mikula's practice, Laredo, Texas, the history of Polaroid cameras and film, the founder of Polaroid Edwin H. Land, The Long Walk film (1970), and materiality in photography.

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

April 4, 2019

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. 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, 2000-2015. 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).

Topics of conversation include vernacular photography, fun in art-making, creative economies, social justice art, Lazarus's "Standing at the Grave of Emmett Till, day of exhumation," and Lazarus's "THTK" (To Hard To Keep) series.

Audrey Heckler in conversation with Sara Kay

November 15, 2017

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, shown at Sara Kay Gallery, featured over 30 rare and important paintings, drawings, and sculptures from Audrey’s prestigious collection, many of which were exhibited to the public for the first time.

Topics of conversation 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 provides 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.

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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. In the keynote address given by Sara Kay, she talks about how 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. 

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