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The Artist as Culture Producer

Jonathan T. D. Neil, Director of Sotheby’s Institute of Art - Los Angeles, in conversation with Sharon Louden, Hrag Vartanian, and Edgar Arceneaux

The Artist as Culture Producer (Intellect, 2017) is Sharon Louden’s second compilation of interviews with artists who detail exactly how they live and sustain a creative life. In this new volume, 40 artists describe how they work beyond the boundaries of conventional studio practices and regularly engage with a wide range of both commercial and nonprofit entities in the interest of furthering both their own and others’ creative pursuits. Join us for a discussion about the book and the future of artists in the greater cultural mix with Sharon Louden (editor, The Artist as Cultural Producer), Hrag Vartanian (editor and co-founder of Hyperallergic and contributor to The Artist as Culture Producer), and Edgar Arceneaux (artist, co-founder of the Watts House Project, faculty at USC’s Roski School of Art and Designand and contributor to The Artist as Culture Producer).

Doors open 6pm.
Discussion begins at 6:30pm.

Speaker Bios

Sharon Louden

Sharon Louden is an artist, educator, advocate for artists, and editor of the Living and Sustaining a Creative Life series of books including The Artist as Culture Producer. Sharon's work has been exhibited in numerous venues including the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, the Drawing Center, Birmingham Museum of Art, Weatherspoon Art Museum and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and her work is held in major public and private collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, National Gallery of Art, Neuberger Museum of Art, Arkansas Arts Center, Yale University Art Gallery, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, among others.

As an extension of her work in her studio, Sharon is a Senior Critic at the New York Academy of Art in New York City where she organizes a popular Lecture Series, interviewing luminaries and exceptional individuals in the art world and from afar. Sharon is also a consultant for the Joan Mitchell Foundation, advising their grantees, and conducts webinars and consultations for the Creative Capital Foundation.

Sharon's first book, Living and Sustaining a Creative Life is now in its sixth printing. With sales in over 18 countries, it has become Intellect Book's #1 best selling publication two years in a row. The book has been translated into Korean, garnered over 45 reviews, the subject of 15 podcasts and radio appearances, and received more individual feedback than can be counted. Sharon's second book, The Artist as Culture Producer, officially launched on March 2, 2017 at the Strand Book Store in New York City, which is being followed by an extensive 88+ stop international conversation tour.

Hrag Vartanian

Hrag Vartanian is editor-in-chief and co-founder of Hyperallergic, a publication he created in 2009 in response to the changes in the art world, publishing, and the distribution of information. Breaking news, award-winning reporting, informed opinions, and quality conversations about art have helped Hyperallergic reach over 1 million readers a month. Hrag launched the Hyperallergic podcast in 2016 which travels around the globe to uncover the evolving world of art. In addition, he has curated projects, exhibitions and has organized public events since 1997.

Highlights of his curatorial efforts include exhibitions at BAM, Storefront Gallery in Brooklyn, NY, and #theSocialGraph at Outpost, the world’s first multi-disciplinary exhibition of social media-related art in 2010. He has visited many universities and colleges as a visiting critic including RISD, Brooklyn College, UC Davis, Pratt, Columbia and UNLV, as well as moderated panel discussions and juried exhibitions for various organizations, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, and Chautauqua Institution.

Beyond his writing, he is an avid photographer and collector of photographs. He is committed to serious, playful, and radical storytelling that pushes the boundaries of writing.

Edgar Arceneaux

Born in 1972, Los Angeles-based artist Edgar Arceneaux received a BFA from the Art Center College of Design and a MFA from the California Institute of the Arts. Arceneaux constructs drawings, installations, video and film works as complex arrangements of association that examine adjacencies and points of contact between implausible relations. Constantly working in new modes, Arceneaux directed his first play at the Performa Biannual in NYC in November 2015, for his new play Until, Until, Until... and was awarded the Malcolm McLaren, Best of Show Award.

He has participated in the Rauschenberg Residency in Captiva Island, Florida, Art Pace in San Antonio; Skowhegan: Banff Center in Canada and at the Fachhochschule Aachen, in Germany. Solo exhibitions have been presented at the Vera List Center at MIT in Cambridge, Mass, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; The Studio Museum in Harlem and Museum für Gegenwartskunst in Basel, Switzerland and a collaborative drawing show with Wangechi Mutu at Site Santa Fe, New Mexico. His work will be presented at the Beta Main Museum, with the Los Angeles premier of the Library of Black Lies.

Up coming solo shows are at the Beta Main Museum, with the Los Angeles premier of the Library of Black Lies in February 2017, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects in June 2017. He will be co curating a show that includes his work at the Baltic Center for the Arts in New Castle, England. He is represented by Susanne Vielmetter in Los Angeles and Nathalie Obedia Gallery in Paris.