THE VOLTA SALON WITH ARTNET // 2017
FRIDAY, MARCH 3, 1:00 – 2:30 PM
Fascism relies on the ideological narcissism of myth, but then the mythical can also resist rising nationalism. Professor-artists and Black Mirror Network co-coordinators Jesse Bransford and Dominic Shepherd (exhibiting at VOLTA NY with CHARLIE SMITH LONDON) explore this magical potential.
Guests: Jesse Bransford (artist and associate professor, NYU Steinhardt), Dominic Shepherd (artist and associate professor, University of Bournemouth)
FRIDAY, MARCH 3, 4:30 – 6:00 PM
LEARNING TO LOVE THE STUDIO ART PHD
Higher education in the visual arts comes in for debate as artists and education activists hash out the pros and cons of not only the MFA, but the steadily growing phenomenon of the studio art PhD in an age of ballooning student debt and dropping enrollments at MFA programs nationwide.
Moderator: Brian Boucher (senior writer, artnet News)
Guests: Andrew Atkinson (artist), Victoria Sobel (artist)
SATURDAY, MARCH 4, 2:00 – 3:30 PM
IMPROV FOR ARTISTS
Comedy is never more important than during uncertain times. Actor, artist, and improv teacher Hollis Witherspoon opens a dialogue about the role of risk, play, and laughter in art, and learning to “follow the fear, follow the fun.”
Moderator: Hollis Witherspoon (actor, artist, and improvisor)
Guests: Morgan Bassichis (writer and performer), Jill Pangallo (artist and performer), Guy Richards Smit (artist and performer)
SATURDAY, MARCH 4, 4:30 – 6:00 PM
SHOOT TO THRILL: PICTURING IDENTITY IN NEW YORK, 1977 – NOW
Discover photographic reflections on the rare subcultures of disco, hip hop, and early house music and how they served as crucial safe spaces for LGBT-defined people and people of color. Adrian Loving and Vikki Tobak frame the conversation around these images within our urgent contemporary context.
The panel will be followed by a book signing with guest Adrian "DJ Stretch Armstrong" Bartos, author of No Sleep: NYC Nightlife Flyers 1988–1999.
Moderators: Adrian Loving (professor and artist) and Vikki Tobak (writer and culture journalist)
Guests: Bill Bernstein (artist), Janette Beckman (artist), Krista Schlueter (artist), Joe Conzo (artist)
SUNDAY, MARCH 5, 2:00 – 3:30 PM
ART MEETS TECH
As collecting moves online and tech companies host more residencies for artists in an effort to tap into their creative potential, what can these two industries learn from each other? Ariel Adkins from Twitter and the person behind @artfullyaware, discusses with people working on both sides of the equation.
Moderator: Ariel Adkins (Twitter)
Guests: Ashley Zelinskie (artist), Valentine Uhovski (Fashion + Art at Tumblr), and Alicia Carbone (vice president of artnet Auctions)