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Beyond Collecting: Female Arts Patrons and Expanded Definitions of Support

  • Sara Kay Gallery 4 East 2nd Street New York, NY, 10003 United States (map)

Join POWarts for our third panel discussion addressing representation, visibility, and criticism in the arts. These panel discussions will raise essential questions about feminism and diversity in the arts, providing a framework for all industry professionals to better address and understand these issues.

This series began with a frank discussion on writing and criticism, continued that dialogue with gallerists and their role in promoting female artists, and will culminate with a panel featuring female collectors who support the careers of female artists.

Female patrons created many of the beloved and revered art institutions that define our communities. The powerful legacy of these champions of the arts cannot be overstated, as their contributions helped shape our current definition of culture. Our panelists continue in this long line of focused, driven collectors who understand that supporting an artist may begin with financial support but know that championing an artist expands far past the transactional. Moderated by POWarts Founder Sara Kay, the panel will feature Isolde Brielmaier, Executive Director of Arts, Culture & Community, Westfield; Anne Huntington, collector and Head of Strategy and Business Development, Huntington Learning Center; and Maria Giulia Maramotti, collector and Retail Director, Max Mara.

Isolde Brielmaier
Isolde is the national Executive Director of Arts, Culture & Community at Westfield where her primary focus is the Oculus at Westfield World Trade Center as well as Century City in L.A. In this curatorial and programmatic capacity, she oversees artist projects and installations, cultural events, museum partnerships, school programming and community partnerships, all integrated with the latest technology. Isolde also serves as Assistant Professor of Critical Studies in Tisch's Department of Photography, Imaging and Emerging Media at New York University as well as Curator-at-Large at the Tang Museum, and continues to work on a range of cultural projects that bridge both the public and private sectors. Previously, Isolde has worked for the Guggenheim Museum, the Bronx Museum of Art, and as Chief Curator for the SCAD Museum of Art. Throughout her career, Isolde has collaborated with noted contemporary artists including Ellen Gallagher, Leonardo Drew, Richard Mosse, Fred Wilson, and Bharti Kher, to name a few. In December of 2016 she was named to the Board of Trustees of the New Museum. She is deeply committed to the promotion of arts education, global women’s issues and criminal justice reform. In October of 2015, Isolde was invited as a guest to the White House on the occasion of President Obama’s declaration of National Juvenile Justice month. Isolde holds a PhD from Columbia University and lives with her family in New York City.

Anne Huntington
Anne Huntington leads strategy and business development at Huntington Learning Center, and is the founder of AMH, a creative agency for contemporary culture. Huntington has curated more than 30 exhibitions, but is just as well known for her support of New York institutions: as a co-chair of the Young Collectors Council at the Guggenheim Museum, a founding member of the Future Leadership Council at the Whitney, and a board member of Pioneer Works. Her own collection reaches from emerging artists to established names, and includes works by Pat Steir, David Hockney, Taryn Simon, Lisa Yuskavage, Tom Wesselmann, and hundreds of others.

Maria Giulia Maramotti
Maria Giulia Maramotti is an avid art collector in addition to serving as U.S. Retail Director and Global Brand Ambassador of the fashion house Max Mara that her grandfather started. Max Mara has a strong history of dedication to the arts. The Collezione Maramotti is a private contemporary art collection opened to the public for free in 2007 in the historical headquarters of Max Mara. It presents a permanent collection of 220 works from 1945 through the present day, together with site-specific projects and temporary shows. The Collezione also oversees the Max Mara Art Prize for Women, a biannual award given to emerging female artists in collaboration with the Whitechapel Gallery. Maria Giulia Maramotti serves on the Board of Trustees at Ballroom Marfa.

Earlier Event: December 13
Colleagues & Friends: Robin Cembalest
Later Event: January 9
Colleagues & Friends: Johanna Burton