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ARTS, ARTISTS, AND DE BLASIO’S NEW YORK
THE THIRD IN A CONVERSATION SERIES
Co-sponsored by the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences, Creative Cities International,
and The Baruch College-Rubin Museum of Art Project
Mayor de Blasio ran and won on a platform of a “tale of two cities.” His election prompts us to ask what a vision for a more egalitarian society could mean for the arts in our city. In this discussion series, we take a fresh look at how a progressive administration could – with public support – reshape and revitalize our attitudes and priorities on a wide range of pressing issues for the arts and culture broadly. What value do we place on ensuring dynamic cultural experiences for all our citizens?
FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
BARUCH PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
25TH STREET BETWEEN LEXINGTON & THIRD AVENUES
April 30, 2014 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Arts and Cultural Organizations with Colleges and Universities
New York City is an international center for arts and culture. Millions of tourists visit the city to enjoy its diverse offerings from Broadway to the Met, to small community based museums and performance companies. Yet many of the city’s population, particularly students enrolled in K-16, have little or no access to these resources. We need to get serious about how to make these creative experiences available to students of all ages. Students need engagement with the arts to help them develop and become more informed about the world around them. At the same time, arts and cultural institutions search for ways to cultivate today’s students to become tomorrow’s patrons.
This session examines cooperative initiatives between art and cultural institutions, higher education, and government in New York and elsewhere. What are the lessons learned and how can we design and implement successful programs?
Holly Block, Executive Director, The Bronx Museum of the Arts
Jorge Daniel Veneciano, Executive Director, El Museo del Barrio, New York
Bruce L. Payne, visiting faculty, School of Public Affairs, Baruch College
Moderated by Stan Altman, Professor, School of Public Affairs, Baruch College.
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Holly Block’s appointment in July 2006 to the directorship of The Bronx Museum of the Arts marks her return to the institution where she served as curator from 1985 and 1988 before gaining an international reputation as a director, curator and arts administrator. Directly before joining the Museum staff, Ms. Block served as executive director of Art in General, a leading nonprofit arts organization in lower Manhattan dedicated to commissioning and presenting contemporary art. She also served as a co-commissioner for the Department of State for the 2003 Cairo Biennial with the selection of the artist Paul Pfeiffer; wrote Art Cuba: The New Generation, a comprehensive survey on contemporary art from Cuba; and organized todo clandestino, todo popular, the first solo exhibition of Alberto Casado, an artist who lives and works in Cuba. Block oversaw the 2011 launch of smARTpower, a fellowship program managed by The Bronx Museum of the Arts and made possible by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, which enabled U.S. artists to work with youth and local artists in sites around the world. Most recently, in 2013 Ms. Block was appointed Co-commissioner of the United States Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale and presented the work of artist Sarah Sze.
During her eighteen years at Art in General, Ms. Block exhibited and presented the work of over 4,000 artists including Polly Apfelbaum; Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla; Emma Amos; Sam Easterson; Rob Fischer; Carlos Garaicoa; Maria Elena Gonzalez; Los Carpinteros; Yong Soon Min; Muntadas; Paul Pfeiffer; and Cecilia Vicuna. Known for having initiated new evolving contemporary arts programming, such as Art in General’s international Artists Residency Program and most recently its New Commission Program, she has been a dynamic force in the contemporary art world, having traveled widely and worked closely with artists. She is a firm believer in the arts and its impact on today’s society.
Bruce Payne is a visiting faculty member at Baruch College, CUNY, teaching courses about the arts and public life, leadership, and ethics. He served as President of the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation from 2006 – 2013. On the faculty of Duke University in public policy from 1971-2006, Payne initiated courses in ethics, leadership, documentary studies, philanthropy and cultural policy. He was the founding director at Duke of the Hart Leadership Program and of Leadership and the Arts, a Duke semester in New York City. A civil rights activist in Mississippi in the 1960’s and an early opponent of the US role in Vietnam, he maintains a lively interest in politics; and he is currently at work on a study of the myths of Plato’s Republic.
Born in Villa María, Argentina, Jorge Daniel Veneciano is director of El Museo del Barrio, New York and former director of the Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, Nebraska and of the Paul Robeson Galleries at Rutgers University, Newark. Veneciano served as curator at The Studio Museum in Harlem and with the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department. He holds a PhD from Columbia University in the Department of English and Comparative Literature; an MFA in Art/Critical Studies from CalArts; a BA in Philosophy and Political Theory, with a minor in Intellectual History, from UCLA. Veneciano is a scholar of modern and contemporary art and has taught at Columbia and RISD. His books include The Geometric Unconscious: A Century of Abstraction and Fabulous Harlequin: Orlan and the Patchwork Self. He is also the founding editor of artland magazine, a statewide arts advocacy magazine for Nebraska.
Stan Altman is currently a Professor in Baruch College’s School of Public Affairs. His training as an engineer with a focus on complex systems has permitted him to develop an inter-disciplinary approach to problem solving and leadership development. He is Baruch College’s director of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Program, preparing students for careers in the non-profit sector. He is the founder and director of the Baruch College-Rubin Museum of Arts Project designed to increase student engagement and exposure to the arts. The Project created AHEAD21.org, an open source website for faculty and practitioners to share ideas and materials that expand students appreciation of the arts. He also directs the Higher Education Innovations Project designed to identify innovations that improve undergraduate development, both personally and professional. He served as the interim-President of Baruch College in 2009-10 and as Dean of Baruch’s School of Public Affairs from 1999-2005. He has also served as Deputy to the President, SUNY Stony Brook, and Associate Provost for Health Policy, SUNY. He serves on the Boards of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, and the Unison Arts Center in New Paltz, New York.
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