The Arts Symposium 2007 will feature plenary session addresses by several Main Speakers who are noted artists, writers, and curators. The plenary sessions do not run at the same time as scheduled parallel presentations, which will resume immediately following the Main Speaker presentations.

Lounge Conversations

Main Speakers will make formal 30 minute presentations in the plenary sessions. They will also participate in 60 minute Lounge Conversations - unstructured sessions that allow delegates a chance to meet the speakers and talk with them informally about the issues arising from their presentation.

Artist: Bill Allen, from "Transit Series" 2000-2006

Keynote Speakers

This year, our invited Main Speakers include distinguished guests from New York University, the New York art world, and members of our international advisory board who will address the Arts Conference on selected conference themes. With focus on our overarching Symposium theme of Arts and Public Reception, keynote speakers will speak from their leadership roles in such fields as visual and performing arts practices, feminist art theory and practice, curatorial and critical studies.

The Speakers

  • Karen Finley

    Karen Finley is Arts Professor of Art and Public Policy at Tisch School of the Arts. An internationally renowned performance, visual, and recording artist, she lectures and performs widely.

    She is author of numerous books, including George and Martha, A Different Kind of Intimacy, Shock Treatment, and Living It Up: Humourous Adventures in Hyperdomesticity.

    She is a recipient of Obie and Guggenheim awards for her performance work and recognized as a woman of the year by Ms. Magazine, and artist of the decade by Coagula Magazine.

    OVERVIEW: Finley will perform an inspired text which is in response to the expectations of the male body and war. Finley will also talk about her latest project, Dreams of Laura Bush and others.
    SCHEDULE: PLENARY SESSION 2, Saturday, 24th February

  • Ella Shohat

    Professor Ella Shohat teaches at the departments of Art & Public Policy and Middle Eastern Studies at NYU.

    She is author of numerous publications, including Israeli Cinema: East/West and the Politics of Representation (University of Texas Press, 1989), Talking Visions (MIT Press, 1998), Taboo Memories, Diasporic Voices (Duke University Press, 2006), and with Robert Stam, Unthinking Eurocentrism (winner of the Katherine Kovacs Singer Best Book Award) Routledge, 1994) and Flagging Patriotism: Crises of Narcissism and Anti-Americanism (Routledge, 2007).

    A recipient of Rockefeller fellowship, she has served on the editorial board of several journals, including Social Text, Critique and Meridians. Her writing has been translated into diverse languages, including French, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Hebrew, German, Polish, Italian, and Turkish.

    TOPIC: Sacred Word, Profane Image: Mimesis, the Book and the Screen
    OVERVIEW: Addressing the philosophical problem of representing the Divine, this lecture will examine its repercussions for visual culture, particularly as it concerns Biblical and Quranic adaptations to the screen.
    SCHEDULE: PLENARY SESSION 1, Friday, 23rd February

  • Maura Reilly

    Maura Reilly 2007 Image Copyright Adam Husted

    Dr Maura Reilly is the Curator of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum, the first museum exhibition space of its kind in the world. Prior to assuming this position, Reilly taught art history and women's studies at Tufts University, as well as courses at Pratt Institute, Vassar College, and at her alma mater, The Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, where she received her Ph.D. in 2000 in Modern and Contemporary Art with a concentration in feminist and queer Theory.

    Reilly has curated, lectured and published extensively, both nationally and internationally, and has been a regular contributor to Art in America since 1998. In 2005, in celebration of ArtTable's 25th year Anniversary, she received one of their prestigious Future Women Leadership Awards; and in 2006, she received a Lifetime Achievement in the Visual Arts Award from the Women’s Caucus for Art. She is an active member of the National Organization for Women, International Association of Art Critics, ArtTable, and is on the National Committee of The Feminist Art Project.

    Most recently, Reilly co-curated, with Linda Nochlin, a major exhibition of international contemporary feminist art, titled Global Feminisms, which inaugurated the Brooklyn Museum’s new Center for Feminist Art in March of 2007. She is the author of a forthcoming monograph on Ghada Amer.
    Maura Reilly 2007 Image Copyright Adam Husted

    TOPIC: Global Feminisms and the Centre for Feminist Art
    OVERVIEW: Speakers will discuss the historical importance of the establishment of the first Center for Feminist Art at an American museum as well as the Global Feminism exhibition, which is the first major exhibition to examine transnational feminist art at the turn of the 21st century. It features 87 artists from 49 countries.
    SCHEDULE: PLENARY SESSION 3 Sunday, 25th February

  • Linda Nochlin

    Linda Nochlin 2007 Image Copyright Adam Husted

    Dr. Linda Nochlin is the Lila Acheson Wallace Professor of Modern Art at the Institute of Fine Arts/New York University, where she earned her doctorate in Art History in 1963. Prior to assuming this position, Dr. Nochlin held positions at Yale University, the CUNY Graduate Center, and her alma mater, Vassar College.

    Dr. Nochlin is known widely for such publications as Realism, as well as for her work advancing the cause of women artists, beginning in 1971 with her article "Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?" Her books Representing Women; The Body in Pieces: The Fragment as a Metaphor of Modernity; Women, Art, and Power and Other Essays; Bathers, Bodies, Beaury; and The Politics of Vision have directed and expanded the dialogue among art historians on the nature of viewing and have broadened the scope of our interpretation of the role of art and artists in society. Her collected essays on Courbet will appear this spring.

    Throughout her career, Dr. Nochlin has been the recipient of numerous honors and honorary doctorates. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of New York University's Institute for the Humanities as well as the American Philosophical Society. Most recently, Dr. Nochlin delivered the Charles Eliot Norton Lectures at Harvard University and gave the keynote address at the American Academy of Arts and Letters Annual Induction and Award Ceremony.
    Linda Nochlin 2007 Image Copyright Adam Husted

    TOPIC: Global Feminisms and the Centre for Feminist Art
    OVERVIEW: Speakers will discuss the historical importance of the establishment of the first Center for Feminist Art at an American museum as well as the Global Feminism exhibition, which is the first major exhibition to examine transnational feminist art at the turn of the 21st century. It features 87 artists from 49 countries.
    SCHEDULE: PLENARY SESSION 3 Sunday, 25th February

    PLENARY PANEL 1: Arts and Civic Engagement: NEA Reports from the Field.
    OVERVIEW: Panelists from the National Endowment for the Arts will discuss two large federal studies of reading and arts participation trends: The Arts and Civic Engagement and Reading at Risk.
    PANEL: Ellen Grantham, Sunil Iyengar, Mark Bauerlein.
    SCHEDULE: Friday, 23rd February

  • Ellen Grantham , Ahmanson Fellow, Office of the Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts, USA.

  • Sunil Iyengar , Director, Office of Research & Analysis, National Endowment for the Arts, USA.

  • Mark Bauerlein , National Endowment for the Arts, USA.

    PLENARY PANEL 2: Interdisciplinary, Cross-cultural Arts Education Processes and Open Pedagogies with Digital Media.
    OVERVIEW: This crafted panel will demonstrate projects that link institutions and disciplines in partnership arrangements. The issue of Open Pedagogies will be presented discussing approaches to art and technology-based art education.
    PANEL: Lori Kent, Roberta Altman, Daniela Reimann.
    SCHEDULE: Saturday, 24th February

  • Lori Kent , Adjunct Professor, Art, Hunter College and the College of New Rochelle, USA.

  • Lori Kent is the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Award, a Jerome Fellowship at the Anderson Center, and a residency at the Harvey Foundation Studio Program, Venice. Her current work is focused on public art on the subjects of community building, memory and place in New Orleans, her native city.

  • Roberta Altman , Professor, Arts and Museum Education, Bank Side College, USA.

  • Roberta is on the Graduate Faculty at Bank Street College of Education in the Museum Education, and Teacher Education Programs. She works in the Education Department at the American Museum of Natural History and specializes in Professional Development and Community Based Partnerships in the Bronx in K-5 Afterschool Programs.

  • Daniela Reimann , Visiting Professor, Department of Arts Education, University of Arts and Industrial Design Linz, Austria, (2004-6 University of Flensburg, Germany).

  • Daniela Reimann is a Researcher in the project MediaArtLab@School, realised at the University of Flensburg in cooperation with the UNESCO Project School. She is Visiting Professor at the Department of Art Education at the University of Art and Design Linz, Austria, and invited Expert of the German UNESCO delegation on cultural education 2006. the technological developments we are facing at school and university level.


    SPECIAL SESSION: Saturday, 24th February, 10:45
    Following from this Digital Media 'Plenary Panel 2' delegates will have the opportunity to explore software tools and scenarios which can be used in art education as well as the UNESCO Educator's Kit. This hands-on demonstration will take place in the conference foyer.