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Colleagues and Friends: Helaine Posner

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Our fall season begins with a Colleagues and Friends breakfast featuring four celebrated art historians whose work focuses on women artists. Join Helaine Posner, Nancy Princenthal, Eleanor Heartney, and Sue Scott — co-authors of the award-winning After the Revolution: Women Who Transformed Contemporary Art (2007) and The Reckoning: Women Artists of the New Millennium (2013) — for a conversation about their careers and collaborative writing practice. 




Helaine Posner is Chief Curator at the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, SUNY.  Her exhibitions at the Neuberger Museum include Louise Fishman: A Retrospective (2016), Robin Rhode: Animating the Everyday (2014), Dana Schutz: If the Face Had Wheels (2011), and Tania Bruguera: On the Political Imaginary (2009), each accompanied by an exhibition catalogue. From 1991 to 1998, she was Curator at the MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA. Posner is the author of a monograph on artist Kiki Smith (2005) and was US Co-commissioner for the 48th Venice Biennale, where she organized Ann Hamilton: Myein

Eleanor Heartney is a Contributing Editor to Art in America and Artpress and author of numerous books and articles on contemporary art including Critical Condition: American Culture at the Crossroads (1997), Postmodernism (2001), Postmodern Heretics: The Catholic Imagination in Contemporary Art (2004), and Art and Today (2008). She received the College Art Association’s Frank Jewett Mather Award for distinction in art criticism in 1992 and was honored by the French government as a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2008. Heartney is a past President of AICA-USA, the American section of the International Art Critics Association.

Nancy Princenthal is a critic and former Senior Editor of Art in America; other publications to which she has contributed include Artforum, Parkett, the Village Voice, and the New York Times. Her book Agnes Martin: Her Life and Art (2015) received the 2016 PEN America award for biography. She is also the author of Hannah Wilke (2010), and her essays have appeared in monographs on Shirin Neshat, Doris Salcedo, Robert Mangold, and Alfredo Jaar, among many others. Having taught at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College; Princeton University; Yale University, RISD, Montclair State University and elsewhere, she is currently on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts.

Sue Scott is a curator, writer, and art consultant. She ran Sue Scott Gallery on the Lower East Side from 2008 to 2012. Previously, she was Adjunct Curator of Contemporary Art at the Orlando Museum of Art, where she organized exhibitions on Jane Hammond, Suzanne McClelland, Lesley Dill, Kerry James Marshall, Jim Sanborn, Alex Katz, Jennifer Bartlett, Edward R. Broida, and Edward Ruscha. Other exhibitions include: Proof Positive: Forty Years of American Printmaking at Universal Limited Art Editions (Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC) and Witness: Theories of Seduction (Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs, Long Island City). Scott’s articles and reviews have appeared in Art and Antiques, ArtNews, Printmaking Today, Cover Magazine, Art Papers, Review, AmericanStyle, Ceramics Monthly and Glass Magazine.  



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.