An innovative musical composition incorporating silence and ambient sound, Yves Klein’s groundbreaking Monotone-Silence Symphony unfolds as a group of musicians and singers holds a single continuous tone for a twenty-minute period, followed by twenty minutes of absolute silence. Performed only once during Klein’s brief lifetime, this transcendent and moving experience was shared for the first time in San Francisco, and only the third time in the U.S., by an audience of over 1,000 people at the landmark Grace Cathedral.
As Event Producer, I played a key role in mounting this rare production, acting as lead liaison with Grace Cathedral, defining and executing the run of show, and coordinating all onsite logistics and teams including performers, strategic partners, videographers, photographer, caterer, production assistants, and facilities.
Presented by Lévy Gorvy at Grace Cathedral in collaboration with the Yves Klein Archives.
Partners: Grace Cathedral, Artsy, Perrier-Jouët
Photo credit: Charlie Villyard
Video credit: Slow Clap
Depict is an end-to-end platform for discovering, collecting, and displaying digital art that sits at the intersection of art, design, and technology. As Director of Content, I oversaw content strategy and production, managed strategic partnerships and community relations with contributors, and led the launch of the Depict Frame, a custom-designed, Wi-Fi enabled, ultra HD digital art screen.
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In my role as Director of Content for Depict, an end-to-end platform for discovering, collecting, and displaying digital art, one of my key tasks was developing our content strategy and production. As a young company launching a brand new product, we needed to create a compelling story to engage our audience, convey our message, and inspire action. As part of the Depict Frame launch we commissioned four category-defying artists to create unique works exclusively for the Depict Frame and created the Artist Stories series to highlight the work, inspiration, and vision of these creators. Through print, video, and still photography we captured who these creators are and what inspires them, what their work is about and what they created for Depict, and what excites them about Frame. Each story includes behind-the-scenes footage, in-person interviews, and working documentation of the creative process.
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In 2011, I was tapped by the Brooklyn Museum to launch the Brooklyn Artists Ball, an annual event featuring immersive, experiential, and performative art, music, and culinary experiences. It quickly grew into the the Museum’s largest and most important fundraising event, attended by more than 800 guests and raising over $1.5 million annually to support exhibitions and educational programming.
Throughout my five year tenure as Co-Curator and Creative Producer, I defined the overall vision for the event as one of discovery and delight. From selecting the featured artists and producing cross-channel marketing content to working closely with the museum’s leadership to cultivate strategic partnerships with individuals and brands in media, fashion, music, tech, design, and hospitality, I played a key role in making the Brooklyn Artists Ball a not-to-be-missed event.
Highlights throughout the years include:
Event Chairs: Sarah Jessica Parker, Liv Tyler, Marisa Tomei, Stephanie and Tim Ingrassia, Jane and David Walentas.
Artist Honorees: Vik Muniz, Wangechi Mutu, Ai WeiWei, Kehinde Wiley, Jenny Holzer, Takashi Murakami, and Kiki Smith.
Creators including: Alyson Shotz, Situ Studio, Daniel Arsham, José Parlá, Olek, Jen Catron and Paul Outlaw, FAILE, Nicole Cohen, Liz Magic Laser, Dustin Yellin, and Luis Gispert.
Partners and sponsors: W Magazine, Macy’s, Refinery29, Digital Brand Architects, Brooklyn Brewery, Ace Hotel, Pioneer Works, Flour Shop, Vanity Nails, and Artsy
Photo credits: BFA and Liz Ligon, Courtesy of the Brooklyn Museum
Video credit: North of New York
With a passion for art, food, and community, I’m a founding member of Mixed Use, a San Francisco-based curatorial collective presenting pop-up exhibitions and cultural programming, including our signature hybrid art and culinary events that pair local visual artists with acclaimed chefs. Our recent exhibition, eponymously titled Mixed Use, showcased the work of eight California-based artists at the newly launched Minnesota Street Project, a 100,000-square-foot complex of galleries, non-profits, and artists' studios founded by real estate investors and patrons of the arts Deborah and Andy Rappaport.
Mixed Use | June 4–July 9, 2016 | Carolyn Janssen, Joel Frank, Lukas Geronimas, Maggie Preston, Matthew Abbott, Matthew Craven, Rachelle Reichert and Randy Colosky
WILDTHINGS was a unique collaboration between Oakland-based artist Joel Frank and Dana Younkin, the chef de cuisine at renowned San Francisco restaurant Boulevard. This was the third installment in a series of hybrid art and culinary events designed to foster dialogue between the art and tech communities, presented by Mixed Use, a San Francisco-based curatorial collective of which I am a founding member. The evening’s meal, featuring wild giant lobster, fresh asparagus, and wild berries, was inspired by Frank’s practice, which investigates the relationship between humans and the natural environment, and his large-scale site-specific work in industrial steel and glazed ceramic.
In addition to its exhibition and cultural programming, Mixed Use also recently launched Mixed Dranks!, a quarterly networking event for Bay Area women in the creative industries that aims to build community and foster new connections and collaborations.
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Measuring nearly 26 feet tall and 22 feet wide, Daisy Bell, created by Los Angeles-based artist Jennifer Steinkamp, is a series of projections comprised of over 80 varieties of digitally animated poisonous and toxic flowers cascading down the gallery walls. Through computer animation and digital projection, this work makes use of the interplay between actual space and illusionistic space, creating an environment in which the roles of the viewing subjects and the art objects become blurred. As Gallery Director, I worked closely with the artist to plan and present this exhibition – overseeing the installation team and cultivating collector and press interest.
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Photo credit: Robert Wedemeyer, Courtesy Lehmann Maupin (New York and Hong Kong)
Part of the Collection: Bank of America, New York, New York
Home to the Dallas Cowboys, AT&T Stadium also boasts the Dallas Cowboys Art Collection – 16 monumental, site-specific installations integrated into prominent locations throughout the stadium. For Starfield, MacArthur Foundation Fellow Teresita Fernández placed hundreds of mirrored acrylic cubes on sheets of black laminate to reflect passers-by and the surrounding scenery. When viewing this artwork from a distance, viewers and the artwork merge together to create a new landscape. Characterized by an interest in perception and the psychology of looking, Fernández’s sculptures present spectacular illusions that evoke natural phenomena and engage audiences in immersive art experiences and conceptual way-finding. As Gallery Director, I worked closely with the artist, architects, and installation crew to coordinate the artwork production and installation.
Photo credit: Tom Fox, Courtesy Lehmann Maupin (New York, Hong Kong)