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Colleagues and Friends: Cathy M. Kaplan

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Following the AIPAD Photography Show, this month's Colleagues and Friends features Cathy M. Kaplan, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Aperture Foundation, in conversation with Daile Kaplan, Vice President and Director of Photographs at Swann Auction Galleries, and photographer Gail Albert Halaban.



Cathy M. Kaplan is a lawyer at Sidley Austin LLP. Her practice is focused on a broad range of structured finance transactions, including cross border, asset and mortgage backed financings. Additionally, she represents collectors, artists, galleries, corporations, and museums in a wide range of art-related transactions. Kaplan is the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Aperture Foundation. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Her Justice, which provides legal services to victims of domestic abuse, and chairs its annual Photography Auction. Kaplan is on the Photography Committee of the Whitney Museum. She also serves on the Governing Board of the Yale University Art Gallery and created a Photography Endowment Fund for the museum. Kaplan has an extensive collection of photography centered on work by and about women, but she also has many other collections, including ones of Halloween collectibles and English Deco china.

Daile Kaplan is Vice President and Director of Photographs at Swann Auction Galleries in New York. She is also the Photographs Specialist on the nationally-acclaimed PBS television program Antiques Roadshow. She has written extensively on the convergence of photography and popular culture. Kaplan is the author of Premiere Nudes, Albert Arthur Allen (2001) and Lewis Hine in Europe, The “Lost” Photographs (1988), and editor of Photo Story, Selected Letters and Photographs of Lewis W. Hine (1991). She was consultant to the US Postal Service when it created a postage stamp honoring Lewis Hine’s photographs in 2013. Since the mid-1990s she has been a collector of three-dimensional artifacts adorned with photographic images; she coined the term “pop photographica” to describe these unique works. Objects from Kaplan's collection appeared on the Smithsonian Institution’s 2008 web project, Click! Photography Changes Everything. In 2003 she co-curated with Mai Sutnik the exhibition Pop Photographica, Photography’s Objects in Everyday Life, 1842-1969 at the Art Gallery of Ontario, which subsequently traveled to the Parrish Art Museum. 

Gail Albert Halaban is a New York-based photographer. Her commitment to becoming a full-time artist occurred when she was a pre-med student working at a pediatric psychiatric hospital, where her job was to film families experiencing mental illness and code for visual signs of illness. Since completing her MFA at Yale in 1996, she has had many solo shows at museums and galleries all over the world, and her work is in major public and private collections. In 2015, she had five solo exhibitions, including at the Edwynn Houk Gallery in New York, as well as at galleries in Istanbul, Paris, Atlanta, and Los Angeles; she also recently published her second monograph, Vis à Vis. Her work has been written about in the Huffington Post, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Architectural Digest, Slate, and Le Monde, among other international publications. Her career has come full circle: she now teaches medical students in the Narrative Medicine Program at Columbia University.  



The Colleagues and Friends Breakfast series invites established women in the art world to have conversations about their current positions, career paths, and professional relationships. The program is generously hosted by artnet at their headquarters in the Woolworth Building.