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Theme: Art

This event occurred on
June 1, 2012
12:00pm - 6:30pm EDT
(UTC -4hrs)
New York, NY
United States

"The true value of art is rarely what someone will pay for it"

Focusing on the art world, with its unique economic structure, effects on society and sources of creativity, this conference will explore the art world as a complex system. We will examine these topics through the lenses of business, science and politics, among others.

School of Visual Arts
335 West 16th Street
New York, NY, 10011
United States
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Marshal Arisman

Marshall Arisman is an illustrator, painter, educator and storyteller. His graphic commentaries illustrations have appeared on the covers of Time, U.S. News and World Report, The Nation, The Progressive, The New York Times Book Review. His editorial work has appeared in every national publication including Esquire, Rolling Stone, Playboy, The New York Times Op-Ed page, The Village Voice and Business Week. His paintings and prints are in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum, the New York Historical Society and the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, the Guang Dong Museum of Art, Telfair Museum of Art, as well as many private and corporate collections. He is the Chairman of the M.F.A. degree program, Illustration as Visual Essay, at the School of Visual Arts in New York that he founded in 1984. He has been a member of the School of Visual Arts for 48 years.

Man Bartlett

Man Bartlett is a multidisciplinary artist who lives and works in Brooklyn. His practice includes online performance, drawing, and collage. Bartlett has exhibited or performed in a variety of venues including: The V&A Museum (London), his tiny windowless bedroom (Brooklyn), a Best Buy store, Winkleman Gallery (New York), Port Authority Bus Terminal, Freies Museum (Berlin), Platform Gallery (Seattle), and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Bartlett has also participated in residencies at Flux Factory and The Wassaic Project, and currently in a virtual residency with Residency Unlimited as their first Social Media Artist in Residence. Bartlett's work has been featured in ARTnews, C Magazine (#class), LA Weekly, Art in America online, Art Fag City, Hyperallergic, Huffington Post Arts, The L Magazine, ARTINFO, The Daily News, and The Stranger, among others.

Laura Braslow

Laura Braslow is a community organizer, urban sociologist and policy researcher based in Bushwick, Brooklyn. She is a co-founder of Arts In Bushwick, co-lead organizer of Arts In Bushwick's Community Projects, and former co-lead organizer of the Bushwick Open Studios (2007-2011). She also serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations in Bushwick, and is a member of Brooklyn Community Board 4. Ms. Braslow holds an MPA in Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy from the NYU Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service, and is currently a PhD candidate in Sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center and an Adjunct Lecturer in Urban Studies at Queens College, CUNY.

Martha Buskirk

Martha Buskirk is Professor of art history and criticism at Montserrat College of Art. She is author of The Contingent Object of Contemporary Art and co-editor of The Duchamp Effect and The Destruction of Tilted Arc: Documents. Her new book, Creative Enterprise: Contemporary Art between Museum and Marketplace, was published by Continuum in April 2012.

Alexis Clements

Alexis Clements is a playwright, performer, and journalist based in New York City. She is also currently a Fellow at the Cultural Strategies Initiative. Her creative work has been produced and published in both the US and the UK. She is the co-editor of the recently published two-volume anthology of performance texts, Out of Time & Place, which includes her performance piece, Conversation. Her articles, essays, and interviews have appeared in publications such as Hyperallergic, The Brooklyn Rail, Nature, andAesthetica. She regularly writes about performance and art for The L Magazine.

Jennifer Dalton

Jennifer Dalton lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She earned a BA in Fine Art from UCLA and an MFA from Pratt Institute. She received a Pollock/Krasner Foundation grant in 2002 and a Smack Mellon Studio Fellowship in 2005. Her work has been discussed in Artforum, ArtNEWS, Art + Auction, Art in America, Flash Art, Modern Painters, New York Magazine, the New York Times, and The Washington Post, among other publications. Her work has recently been exhibited at Winkleman Gallery, New York, NY; Ballroom Marfa, Marfa, Texas; Flag Art Foundation, New York, NY; John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI; The Teaching Gallery at Hudson Valley Community College, Troy, NY; and Smack Mellon Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.

Eric Doeringer

Eric Doeringer is a Brooklyn-based artist. Much of his work involves remaking pieces by other artists. Doeringer has shown his work at institutions including MoMA PS1, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Brooklyn Museum, La Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (France), and MUSAC (Spain). He also curated the exhibitionsI Like The Art World And The Art World Likes Me at the EFA Project Space (New York) and The Matthew Barney Show at Jack the Pelican Presents (New York) and boca (San Francisco). Doeringer is on the faculty of the Visual and Critical Studies Department at SVA.

Sarah Goulet

Sarah Goulet works in public relations at the Pace Gallery, promoting the gallery's artists, exhibitions, and initiatives worldwide. Prior to joining the gallery world, she worked at Resnicow Schroeder Associates, a New York-based arts communications consulting firm, where she conceptualized and executed strategic communications campaigns for museums across the U.S., including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the High Museum, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. She has also worked at Sotheby's and the Hood Museum at Dartmouth College. She graduated from Brown.

Aditya Julka

Aditya Julka is the co-founder of Paddle8, a global online art marketplace and transaction platform launched in the second quarter of 2011. He is a serial entrepreneur with a history of successful start-ups, and a graduate of the Harvard Business School, where he obtained his MBA with High Distinction and graduated as a Baker Scholar. Before joining HBS, Aditya was a co-founder of InBioPro, a biotech start-up based in Bangalore, India, and a co-founder of BioAtlantis, an Irish biotech start-up. Before joining BioAtlantis, Aditya was a Consultant with McKinsey & Co. in Asia, where he served clients in the pharmaceutical, banking, and public sector spaces. He obtained his undergraduate degree and graduate degree in Biochemical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, where he was the recipient of the Director's Gold Medal for being the best all-round student in the graduating class.

Jim Kempner

Jim Kempner has been dealing contemporary art since 1987. Before he discovered his passion for the Art world he owned an Italian Ice business, worked for the Public Utilities Commission, was District Manager for Bed, Bath and Beyond and tried his hand at stand up comedy. He has been working on his web series The Madness of Art for the past 10 years.

Daniel Pinchbeck

Daniel Pinchbeck is the executive director of Evolver Holdings, which includes,,, and He is the author of 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl (Tarcher/Penguin, 2006), Breaking Open the Head (Broadway Books, 2002), and Notes from the Edge Times (Tarcher/Penguin, 2008). He is featured in the documentary 2012: Time for Change, directed by Joao Amorim and produced by Mangusta Films. He writes a monthly column for Dazed & Confused.

David Ross

David A. Ross is the former director of the Whitney Museum of American Art, SFMOMA, and the ICA Boston. Though people still talk about the 1993 Whitney Biennial like it was yesterday, Ross is primarily known for his pioneering work as the world's first curator of video art at the Everson Museum of Art. In 2002 he was co-founder of the Artist Pension Trust, a program designed to provide long-term security for visual artists. Currently Ross Chairs the newly formed low-residency MFA program in Art Practice at the School of Visual Arts, and performs as guitarist and vocalist with the band RED.

Victoria Vesna

Victoria Vesna, Ph.D., is a media artist and Professor at the UCLA Department of Design | Media Arts and Director of the Art|Sci center at the School of the Arts and California Nanosystems Institute (CNSI). She is currently a Visiting Professor at Parsons Art, Media + Technology, the New School for Design in New York and a senior researcher at IMéRA – Institut Méditerranéen de Recherches Avancées in Marseille, France. Her work can be defined as experimental creative research that resides between disciplines and technologies. With her installations she explores how communication technologies affect collective behavior and how perceptions of identity shift in relation to scientific innovation.

Candace Worth

Candace Worth founded Worth Art Advisory in 2001 to bridge the gap between contemporary art collectors and the increasingly exclusive art world establishment. Candace began her career in the Contemporary Art Department at Christie's auction house in the early 1990s. Since then, she has worked for a blue-chip gallery in New York City as well as an internet-based art consultancy. She now buys artwork for a highly diverse group of clients at all price levels, sourcing most of the work from across the United States and Europe. Candace currently serves on the board of the Drawing Center in New York City and has lectured on issues related to the contemporary art market at several art institutions, including the Rhode Island School of Design. Candace received her BA in Art History from the University of Pennsylvania and continued her studies in Art History at the Graduate School of Arts at Columbia University.

Organizing team


Brooklyn, NY, United States
  • Suzanne Anker
  • Reven Wurman
  • Raul Gomez Valverde
    Video Editor, Website Manager
  • Nick Vaughan
    Set/Stage Designer
  • Erik Guzman
    Studio Manager
  • Mark Rosen
    Conference Video/Audio Manager
  • Lisa Levy
  • Chris Buehler