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Women Disrupting the Art World
Speaker(s): Alexandra Darby, Colleen Marie Foley, Kelani Nichole, Susan Mumford
Recorded at: ART NEW YORK 2017

Women Disrupting the Art World

Join this interactive discussion between Susan Mumford, founder and CEO of the Association of Women Art Dealers (AWAD), Colleen Marie Foley, interdisciplinary artist, Alexandra Darby, the Head of Operations at NEW INC, and Kelani Nichole, the owner of TRANSFER. They’ll explore opportunities and challenges presented by technology, all the while uncovering how women are embracing digital to disrupt culture. 

Talk Details

This session took place live during the Symposium at Art New York 2017.


Speaker Details

Alexandra Darby

Alexandra Darby is the Head of Operations at NEW INC, founded by the New Museum in 2014 as the first museum-led cultural incubator dedicated to supporting innovation, collaboration, and entrepreneurship across art, design, and technology. She is a Sydney-born, New York-based cultural producer and contemporary jeweler. Her curatorial projects, which are guided by critical theory and digital culture, count exhibitions and site-specific installations in Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Darby’s independent practice as a jeweler and artist informs her work with the NEW INC community.

Kelani Nichole

Kelani Nichole (@kelaninichole) is the owner of TRANSFER, an experimental exhibition space in NYC that explores the friction between networked studio practice and its physical instantiation.  The gallery supports artists working with computer-based practices to realise solo exhibitions, and travels internationally promoting new formats for exhibition and appreciation of contemporary art.  In addition to running TRANSFER, Kelani is a senior-level specialist in user-centered design research, partnering with clients to ensure their digital experiences are useful, usable and enjoyable.

Colleen Marie Foley

Colleen Marie Foley is an interdisciplinary artist and video editor. Her work focuses on the psychological/physical relationship between sublime landscape, digital technology, and the body and the porousness of the membrane that separates them. Video, with its capacity to encompass a multitude of media, allows her to explore these themes via music, poetry, installation, performance and digital special effects with specific awareness of sonic, verbal, and visual negative space.

She has exhibited and performed in Boston, Buffalo, New York, Miami, Chicago, and internationally in Italy, Iceland, and France. Most recently, she was in residence at Cité Internationale Des Arts in Paris. She is also a member of Filmshop’s Brooklyn chapter and of Thorn Collaborative, an ongoing creative partnership with artist Erin Ethridge.

Susan Mumford

Susan Mumford is a game-changer in the 21st Century art world. She’s an entrepreneur, gender equality advocate, mentor, speaker / moderator and author. While running a gallery in Soho, London, she founded the Association of Women Art Dealers (AWAD), a non-profit trade network with multiple international chapters. She subsequently started Be Smart About Art, a professional development and membership organisation that helps art world professionals thrive in a changing industry. In late 2015, her first book was published: Art is your life. Make it your living. She’s frequently seen on stage talking about the business of art, the art of business, and gender equality in the realms of art and business. Keep up to date with Susan online @susanjmumford

Websites: | @besmartaboutart    | @womenartdealers

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