Join us for “Creating for Whom?,” a panel that discusses the privileges and difficulties of being an artist in the age of hypermobility. Explore questions such as: What are the conditions in which artists currently live and work? What are the tensions and stakes that artists have to navigate in a globalized context? Who benefits and who loses in the different spheres where art exists in contemporary times?
Within a range of different perspectives — legal, institutional, commercial or altruist — the specialists invited to this roundtable will bring their multicultural experience to map the conditions and urgencies under which artists operate today.
Wednesday, Feb. 22
SCAD Museum of Art, theater
601 Turner Blvd.
“Creating for Whom?” is organized by Humberto Moro, SCAD curator of exhibitions and moderated by Susan Hapgood. The panel features speakers Tracey Riese, Richard Birkett, Daniel McClean and Joseph del Pesco.
Tracey Riese brings a multi-dimensional perspective developed over a 30+ year career covering a wide range of industries, serving in a variety of roles:
As an entrepreneur: Established one of the earliest business models for a “virtual” organization to deliver deep expertise in a wide array of functions as needed without building overhead.
As a senior executive at major corporations: Prior to starting T.G. Riese & Tracey worked at Revlon as Senior Vice President, Corporate and Marketing Communications Worldwide, a member of the Executive Committee, responsible for corporate relations, marketing communications, internal communications and community affairs; at RJR Nabisco as Vice President, Corporate Communications, responsible for corporate and CEO positioning; and at Chemical Bank as Vice President, Consumer Marketing Communications and then Vice President of Marketing in the Residential Mortgage division. Prior to that she was at Young & Rubicam and Burson-Marsteller, where she held progressively senior client management positions rising to Vice President, managing cross-disciplinary account teams for such clients as AT&T, Merrill Lynch, Johnson & Johnson and Time Inc. Before joining the agency, she helped launch the corporate art advisory business at Sotheby’s. She began her career in book publicity at Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.
As a private investor and company director: Tracey invests in early stage companies through Riese & Others. She is also a managing director of Golden Seeds, an early stage investment firm, where she serves on the Screening Committee. Her portfolio focuses on enterprise software, media, marketing, retail, and big data. She serves on the board of Rapt Media, an enterprise software company whose interactive video technology platform is transforming the mobile video industry.
As a leader in not-for-profit governance: Tracey currently serves on the Board of Trustees and chairs various committees at the Brooklyn Museum, El Museo del Barrio, E.L. Education and Sarah Lawrence College. She has previously served on the board of trustees of A Better Chance, Hunter College Foundation and Goddard College.
As a speaker and quoted authority: Tracey is a guest lecturer on strategy and branding at NYU School of Professional and Continuing Studies, speaks at companies on strategy, branding and culture and is a frequent source for media commentary on branding.
Riese holds a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College.
Richard Birkett is curator at Artists Space, New York. He was previously curator at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London from 2007 to 2010. He has curated exhibitions and programs with artists including Chto Delat?, Cameron Rowland, Aaron Flint Jamison, Bernadette Corporation, Hito Steyerl, Terry Atkinson, Laura Poitras and Cosey Fanni Tutti; and group projects including Nought to Sixty (ICA, 2008), Talk Show (ICA, 2009), Radical Localism: Art, Video and Culture from Pueblo Nuevo’s Mexicali Rose (Artists Space, 2012), Frozen Lakes (Artists Space, 2013), and Materials and Money and Crisis (mumok, Vienna, 2013) and Supply Lines: Photography and Logistics (National Gallery of Kosovo, Prishtina, 2015).
He has edited publications including Cosey Complex (with Maria Fusco, 2012), Bernadette Corporation: 2000 Wasted Years (with BC, Jim Fletcher and Stefan Kalmár, 2013) and Tell It To My Heart – Collected by Julie Ault, Volume 2 (with Julie Ault and Martin Beck, 2015). His writing has featured in journals and magazines including Afterall, Artforum,Art in America, Flash Art, Mousse, Parse and Untitled, and he has contributed essays to monographs including Zak Kyes: Working With… (Sternberg Press, 2012), Andrea Büttner (MK Gallery, 2013) and Tell It To My Heart – Collected by Julie Ault, Volume 2 (Hatje Cantz, 2016).
Daniel McClean is a lawyer specialising in art and cultural property law working with different sectors of the art market, including artists, collectors, dealers, galleries and museums. Daniel also specialises in intellectual property law and regularly advises artists and photographers on intellectual property agreements and in intellectual property disputes. He is a consultant to London law firm Howard Kennedy LLP.
In addition to his consultancy work, Daniel is actively involved in the art world as an independent curator and writer and has commercial gallery experience. He was the commissioning editor of ‘Dear Images: Art, Copyright and Culture‘ (2002) and ‘The Trials of Art’ (2007) and co-authored ‘Commissioning Contemporary Art: A Handbook for Curators, Collectors and Artists’ with Louisa Buck, published by Thames & Hudson in 2012.
Joseph del Pesco is a curator, writer, and online media producer. He works at Kadist. You can follow him on Twitter, Instagram, or find images on Flickr. Click here to send him an email or visit the details page.
Michael Snow: Questions & Answers, an interview conducted in collaboration with artist Euan MacDonald, was published by KADIST and The Thing Quarterly. It’s also available online here. A series of short stories about speculative museums, Janitor for the Nation was published by Art21 Magazine. A second, Saint Anthony’s Fire appears in the 2016 issue of White Fungus magazine. This year KADIST introduced 2 new Online Projects: Addendum replaces advertising on website with visual essays by artists, and Incidents (of Travel), edited by Latitudes, explores a chartered day-long travel itinerary as a form of artistic encounter and extended conversation between curator and artist.
This artist panel is part of deFINE ART 2017, held Feb. 21–24 at SCAD locations in Savannah and Atlanta, Georgia, and Hong Kong. DeFINE ART is an annual program of exhibitions, lectures, performances and public events that highlights emerging and established artists and visionaries.