November 8, 2022 | AICA-USA & Al Held Foundation Presents: Supporting Arts Writers Through Artist Legacies

Tuesday, November 8, 2022
6:00PM ET
Virtual Event, Register for Event Here

Christine Kuan, President & Executive Director of Creative Capital


Lisa Le Feuvre, Executive Director of Holt/Smithson Foundation
Katy Rogers, Programs Director of Dedalus Foundation
James Voorhies, Executive Director of Tony Smith Foundation

AICA-USA and the Al Held Foundation invites you to join our virtual panel discussion, Supporting Arts Writers Through Artist Legacies, exploring how supporting arts writers furthers the legacies stewarded by artist-endowed foundations. The panel discussion features Lisa Le Feuvre (Holt/Smithson Foundation), Katy Rogers (Dedalus Foundation), and James Voorhies (Tony Smith Foundation); moderated by Christine Kuan (Creative Capital). The speakers will illuminate the various opportunities offered through their foundations and share their vision on the future of supporting arts writers. AICA-USA organized this program to encourage professional dialogues between organizations and arts writers, and to illuminate opportunities, resources for support and professional development.

The event is free and open to the public.


Christine Kuan
is President & Executive Director of Creative Capital, a nonprofit grantmaking organization funding artists creating experimental and groundbreaking new work in the visual arts, performing arts, film, technology, literature, socially engaged, and multidisciplinary forms. Before joining Creative Capital, Christine Kuan was CEO & Director of Sotheby’s Institute of Art, Chief Curator & Director of Strategic Partnerships at Artsy, Chief Curatorial Officer & VP for External Affairs at Artstor, and Editor-in-Chief of Oxford Art Online/Grove Art Online at Oxford University Press. She has also worked at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and taught at the University of Iowa, Peking University, Rutgers University, and Stanford University Arts Leadership program. Kuan holds an MFA in Creative Writing Poetry from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and a BA in Art History and English Literature from Rutgers University. Kuan serves on the advisory committee at The Frick Collection in New York and The Brooklyn Rail.


Lisa Le Feuvre
is a curator, writer, editor and public speaker. Creating exhibitions, editing publications, developing collections, delivering public lectures, shaping academic programs and publishing essays, she is committed to communicating the necessary and urgent role for art in society. Focusing on art as a powerful force to retune perceptions, Le Feuvre focuses on institution-building through research-led curatorial practice, international collaborations and sustained team development. Le Feuvre has curated more than 60 exhibitions as an institutional and independent curator, played a pivotal role in shaping academic and arts organizations, edited over 30 books and journals, spoken at 150 museums and universities across the world, and has published more than 125 essays and interviews with artists.

Nancy Holt and Robert Smithson transformed the world of art and ideas. Holt/Smithson Foundation develops their distinctive creative legacies. Collaborating with artists, writers, thinkers, and institutions we realize exhibitions, publish books, initiate artist commissions, program educational events, encourage research, and develop collections globally from our headquarters in New Mexico. We see critical writing as a fundamental part of developing an artist’s legacies. For an artist’s work to remain necessary and relevant asking questions of that work is essential. At the Foundation we support art writing through our online Scholarly Texts series, where we invite writers to think on a single work by Holt and/or Smithson; through our annual Research Fellowships; and by being always open to research questions and support.

Katy Rogers
is the Programs Director and Director of the Robert Motherwell Catalogue Raisonné Project at the Dedalus Foundation. She is the author of the catalogue raisonné of Motherwell’s drawings, to be published by Yale University Press in November 2022, and a co-author of the catalogue raisonné of Motherwell’s paintings and collages, published by Yale University Press in 2012, and of Motherwell: 100 Years, published by Skira in 2015. Ms. Rogers currently serves on the Boards of the College Art Association and the Dedalus Foundation, and is a member of the National Advisory Board of the Laundromat Project.

Created by the artist Robert Motherwell in 1981, the Dedalus Foundation supports scholarship and criticism focused on modern art and modernism. Dedalus aims to create opportunities for art writers throughout their career with programs including a dissertation fellowship, an exhibition catalogue award, a book award, and a senior fellowship for established scholars. Additionally, the Foundation acts as a public programming platform for art writers through an ongoing series of lectures and panels organized by fellows and awardees as well as a variety of institutional partners.

Based in New York City, James Voorhies is a curator and art historian, currently Executive Director of the Tony Smith Foundation. Prior to joining the Tony Smith Foundation, he served in academic leadership capacities at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco from 2016 to 2021. Before CCA he was the John R. and Barbara Robinson Family Director of the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University from 2013 to 2016 where he curated twenty exhibitions, organized over fifty public programs, and edited two books co-published with Sternberg Press. He taught courses in Harvard’s Department of Art, Film, and Visual Studies and Graduate School of Design. From 2010 to 2013, he taught art history and critical theory at Bennington College in Vermont. He served as Director of Exhibitions at Columbus College of Art and Design in Ohio from 2006 to 2011. Voorhies is the author of Postsensual Aesthetics: On the Logic of the Curatorial, which will be published by MIT Press in 2023. His book Beyond Objecthood: The Exhibition as a Critical Form since 1968 was published by MIT Press in 2017. He has a PhD in modern and contemporary art history from the Ohio State University.

Tony Smith Foundation
supports the visual arts by placing the work and legacy of the American artist and architect in dialogue with contemporary art and design. The research programs seek to advance engagement with Smith’s wide-ranging creative and intellectual pursuits by activating new perspectives scholarship publications and interpretations of the artist’s transdisciplinary practice and the modernist era in which it developed.

AICA supports art writers around the world through public programs and membership that includes free access to museums across the globe. Since its formation in 1950, AICA has been committed to elevating the values of art criticism as a discipline, and acting on behalf of the physical and moral defense of works of art.
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AICA supports arts writers around the world through public programs and membership that offers free access to museums across the globe. AICA-USA represents the largest national section of AICA International with over 450 distinguished critics, curators, scholars, and art historians working throughout the United States. As part of the international organization, we benefit from a global reach in presence. AICA-USA is intent on international communication, elevating the values of art criticism as a discipline, and acting on behalf of the physical and moral defense of works of art.

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Every fall, in cooperation with the New School's Vera List Center for Art and Politics, AICA-USA presents a Distinguished Critic Lecture.

Organized in collaboration with CUE Art Foundation, this program matches emerging critics with experienced AICA-USA members who guide them through the process of writing a catalogue essay.

A partnership between The Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant and AICA-USA that gives art writers the opportunity to strengthen their work through one-on-one consultations with leading art critics.

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