Christie's Education Conference 2018:
Celebrating Female Agency in the Arts

New York, June 26 - 27, 2018

This conference celebrates the significant roles women have played and continue to play in the arts and their markets.

Sixteen sessions over two days explore women’s diverse contributions to the arts from a transnational and transhistorical perspective, reflecting global and historical diversity. Not advocating for a separate nor alternative history of art and its markets, the conference looks at the central role played by women in the creation, development, support and preservation of the arts and how their contribution has changed over time.

Sessions focus on women as artists, patrons and collectors of art and architecture, dealers and brokers, art historians and art critics as well as curators and preservers of culture. Including the presence of women in emerging and established art centers, historical aristocratic patronage, and the medieval period, the sessions will investigate a diverse range of topics.

The conference will take place at Christie’s, 20 Rockefeller Plaza in New York. Details of ticket payment, contacts and further information can be found below. 

For a limited time we are offering an early-bird discount on tickets purchased before March 31, 2018. Please enter CONFERENCE18 at checkout to receive the discount.

Explore the Sessions

Mapping the Void: Agency of Women within Dynastic Strategies Between the Thirteen and Sixteenth Centuries
Chairs: Claudia Daniotti, Ph.D., Associate Lecturer, Bath Spa University and Andrea Mattiello, Ph.D., School for Advanced Studies Ca’ Foscari/IUAV, Venice; Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies, University of Birmingham and Maria Alessia Rossi, Ph.D., Samuel H. Kress Postdoctoral Researcher at the Index of Christian Art in the Department of Art & Archaeology, Princeton University
Speaker: Lana Sloutsky, Ph.D.

Patronage Practices of Women, 1830-1930
Chair: Sarah Mills, Ph.D. Candidate, CUNY, Adjunct Faculty at Christie’s Education NY
Leanne Zalewski, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Art History, Central Connecticut State University and Emily Haraldson, Art History Instructor, Glendale Community College and Elodie Baillot, Ph.D. Candidate, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and Kimberly Morse Jones, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Art History, Sweet Briar College

Visionary Agency: Grandma Moses, Agnes Pelton, Jay DeFeo and Twentieth-Century American Art
Chair: Erika Doss, Ph.D., Professor American Studies, University of Notre Dame
Speakers: Elizabeth Ferrell, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Arcadia University and Katherine Jentleson, Ph.D., Merrie and Erika Doss, Ph.D., Professor American Studies, University of Notre Dame and Dan Boone Curator of Folk & Self-Taught Art, High Museum of Art, Atlanta

Distant Bodies: Gender, Performance and Power
Chair: Agnes Berecz, Ph.D., Associate Professor Christie’s Education, NY
Speakers: Nicola Foster, Ph.D., Research Associate in the History of Art, Open University and Susan Lee, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Concordia College and Anja Foerschner, Ph.D., Research Specialist, Getty Research Institute and Julie Ostwald, University of Salzburg

The Place of Women in Global Contemporary Art
Chair: Cecily Hennessy, Director of Studies, Christie’s Education, London 
Speakers: Erika Zerwes, Museum of Contemporary Art, University of São Paulo, Georgina Bexon and Tugce Karatas

Future Feminism
Chair: Eleanor Heartney, Contributing Editor Art in America and Artpress
Speakers: Helaine Posner, Chief Curator, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College and Nancy Pricethal, Sue Scott, Independent curator and writer

Public Agency in Private Spaces: Politics, Painting and Patronage in the Long Eighteenth Century
Chairs: Laurel O. Peterson, Ph.D. Candidate, Yale University and Paris Spies-Gans, Ph.D. Candidate, Princeton University
Speakers: Lynda McLeod, Christie's, London, Amy Lim, University of Oxford and Tate, Maura Gleeson, Ph.D., University of Florida, and Marina Kliger, Ph.D., Institute of Fine Arts (NYU)

Transnational Belonging and Subjectivity-in-Process: Contemporary Women Artists' Encounters with Space
Chairs: Catherine Dormor, Ph.D., Head of Research Programmes, Royal College of Art and Basia Sliwinska, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer, Critical & Historical Studies, London College of Fashion
Speakers: Kathy Battista, Sotheby's Institute of Art, Jane Chin Davidson, California State University, and Aliza Edelman, Independent Curator

Against All Odds: Women Curators and Directors in Art Museums Before 1960
Chair: Christel Hollevoet-Force Ph.D., Associate Research Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Speakers: Dr. Yao-Fen You, Associate Curator of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts at the Detroit Institute of Art; Prof. Dr. Rainer Stamm, Director, and Gloria Köpnick, M.A., Scientific Assistant, Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte Oldenburg; Dr. Wiebke Gronemeyer, Curator and Researcher, Hamburg; and Dr. Adrian Sudhalter, Art Historian and Curator, New York.

Daughters of Hypatia: Women as Art Critics, Historians, Teachers and Theorists
Chair: Julia Dabbs, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Art History, University of Minnesota
Speakers: Maria Alambritis, Birkbeck,University of London and the National Gallery, London, Laura Brandon, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, Sally Deskins, Exhibits Coordinator for West Virginia University Libraries, Grace Aneiza Ali, Independent Curator, NYU, Tisch School of the Arts, New York

Information on the sessions below will be updated in February.

Elite Women as 'Ambassadors of Culture'; Female Patronage in the Tenth to Seventeenth Centuries
Speaker: Adelina Modesti, Ph.D. Honorary Associate in Art History, La Trope University

Women Collectors in Britain and America c. 1880-1939
Chair: Frances Fowle, Ph.D., Reader in History of Art and International Director of Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh; Senior Curator of French Art at the Scottish National Gallery

Women Art Dealers 1940-80
Chair: Caterina Toschi, Ph.D., Professor of Contemporary Art, University of Cassino and Southern Lazio
Speaker: Deirdre Robson, Ph.D. University of West London

Widowhood: A Key to a Growing agency in the Arts? Widows Selling, buying and Giving Art in Twentieth-Century Paris
Chair: Julie Verlaine, Ph.D., Associate Professor, History Department, University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

From Bluestockings to the Guerrilla Girls - and Beyond: Mapping Female Associational Life in the Visual Arts
Chair: Kathryn Brown, Ph.D., Loughborough University, United Kingdom
Speakers: Kathleen Gallagher, Ph.D., Assistant Professor - Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship, Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University and Sarah Nathan, Associate Director, Public Programs; Adjunct Faculty Member IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

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Ticket Price: $235

For a limited time we are offering an early-bird discount on tickets purchased before March 31, 2018. Please enter CONFERENCE18 at checkout to receive the discount.

Date: June 26 - 27, 2018
Time: 9.30am - 5pm

Venue: Christie's New York
20 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10020

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