Round Table Discussion: Curator & Collector

Round Table Discussion: Curator & Collector

Tuesday May 22 at 5:30pm at Bert Gallery
This round table discussion explores the topic, “Who Creates the Art Market?”, from the perspective of the museum and individual collector. The art world is made up of a variety of factions that create and effect the market. How do you measure success in the art world—is it really about the art itself, those who create the art or the handlers of art? If an artist has a museum exhibit, does it increase the value of his or her art? Who reads the art critic’s review and what is its impact on an artist’s career? A dealer represents an artist: what does that mean? Once an artist sets an auction record, are they then ‘discovered’? Come to a round table discussion at Bert Gallery and witness the debate. Space is limited — please call for reservations.

The program is in conjunction with the Bert Gallery exhibit Who Really Creates the Art Market – Museums, Auctions, Curators, Critics, Artists, Collectors or Galleries?, on view May 8 through June 22, 2007. Bert Gallery is located along the Providence waterfront at Corliss Landing, 540 South Water Street in Providence, Rhode Island. Open Gallery Night May 17th and June 21st. Gallery Hours are Tuesday – Friday from 11am–5pm, Saturdays 12-4pm or by appointment. Exhibits are free and open to the public.

James Hall: Assistant Director of the RISD Museum

Judith Tannenbaum: Curator of the Richard Brown Baker Contemporary Art Collection at the RISD Museum.
Nancy Whipple Grinnell: Curator of the Newport Art Museum.
Frederick R. Mattis: Long-time local collector of 19th century Rhode Island art.
Linda Carlson: Active private collector of contemporary artists.

About the Moderator & Panelists
James Brayton Hall is Assistant Director of the RISD Museum. Prior to coming in the fall of 2006, he worked for the academic side of RISD as Director of Campus Design and Exhibitions for twenty years. He has advised numerous private and corporate collectors on the acquisition and installation of contemporary art and has extensive knowledge of living artists in the New England region.

Judith Tannenbaum is the first Richard Brown Baker Curator of Contemporary Art at the RISD Museum. She began her career as a critic for Arts Magazine in the 1970s but made the switch to museum curator in 1977. She has previous experience working at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, the Freedman Gallery at Albright College in Reading, the Guggenheim Museum in New York City and The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.

Nancy Whipple Grinnell is curator of the Newport Art Museum and Art Association, where she organizes both historical and contemporary exhibitions. She has worked as a museum curator for fifteen years and was the co-curator for the traveling exhibition Envisioning New England, reassures from Community Art Museums. Grinnell has also organized exhibitions for dozens of the region’s living artists and written critically of their work.

Linda Carlson retired to Providence in 2002 after spending her professional career traveling around the United States. Upon this transition, she “worked herself into the throes of art in [Providence].” The Carlson’s art collection is relatively large and eclectic in style, color and media. The collection is a growing assortment of bowls, vessels, paintings, sculptures, furniture pieces and a commissioned rug. Linda and her husband Mark currently reside in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Frederick R. Mattis (Ted) is the current Collections Committee Chair at the Providence Art Club. He also served on their Board of Managers from 1991-1994 and from 2005 to the present. He currently sits on the Board of Trustees at the Community Preparatory School in Providence and the Newport Art Museum. Ted has been a long time collector of historic Rhode Island artists with a particular fondness of Little Compton water colorist, Sydney R. Burleigh.