Curating conversation at Easthampton’s Grist for the Mill salon

  • Tom Friedman’s “Big Big Mac.” Luhring Augustine Galley, NYC

  • Joan Young, Tom Friedman, Kambui Olujimi, Eva Fierst.

For the Bulletin
Thursday, October 05, 2017

Easthampton City Arts (ECA) is hosting Grist for the Mill, an ongoing salon speaker series that brings together contemporary thinkers and taste-makers. On Friday, Oct. 13, four internationally recognized and locally influential curators and artists will have a panel discussion about visual arts in today’s world. The salon will take place at 8 p.m. at Eastworks, 116 Pleasant Street, in the West End Event Space. Tickets are $8 for students and seniors; $10 for general admission; and $25 for a 6:30 p.m. cocktail reception and reserved seating.

“The speakers series is a great opportunity to have conversation with tremendous depth and complexity,” said ECA coordinator Pasqualina Azzarello. “It’s a way to have a discussion about how the shifting culture of the world we’re living in helps to influence and inform the decisions that both curators and artists are able to make.”

At the Oct. 13 event, two curators, Joan Young and Eva Fierst, and two artists, Tom Friedman and Kambui Olujimi, will discuss how the works and identities of individual artists and art institutions change with social, economical, political and cultural tides. Joan Young, the Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, will also offer two studio visits to Easthampton artists during her visit to the area.

Launched in April 2017, Grist for the Mill provides a platform for people to engage in intimate conversations with a range of special guests, encouraging a reflection on contemporary art and culture. “It’s almost like you’re able to spend time in your living room with these incredibly creative and professional people and have an in-depth dialogue,” Azzarello. Previously, the series  featured Michael Musto of the Village Voice and Mickey Boardman of PAPER magazine in a discussion about the role of artists and writers during times of cultural and political change.

“I think the question of identity among artists and art institution is really fascinating because we are always in a relationship with, and experimenting with, the world we’re living in,” Azzaeello said. “So when the world we live in changes, the decisions we make also change.”

The discussion is designed to be a public platform for audiences to ask questions, share ideas and voice concerns. “It’s a unique opportunity to have curators and contemporary artists on the same stage at the same time,” Azzarello said. “We are all going to be creating this conversation together.”

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