Artist Discussion with Curator Kris NuzziFriday, August 3, 2018 @ 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Join us for a conversation and Q & A with Kris Nuzzi, director at Pavel Zoubok Fine Art in New York, and represented Pittsburgh-based artists Vanessa German and Diane Samuels.
They will share their upcoming projects and discuss how the gallery has responded to the recent changes in the art world, how the art market and cultural landscape has evolved, how to better support artists in this ever-changing environment, and what can we look forward to in the future. Bring your questions!
Kris Nuzzi is a Brooklyn-based curator and the director of Pavel Zoubok Fine Art in New York. She received her BA in Art History from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and her MFA in Exhibition Design and The Art Market from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. Most notably, as an independent curator Nuzzi has curated NOT OVER: 25 Years of Visual AIDS at La MaMa Galleria, Figured at BRIC Rotunda Gallery, Don’t Worry What Happens Happens Mostly Without You at the Radiator Gallery and The Ghosts of Coleridge at the Terminal Warehouse. She has been invited as a guest speaker for (re)Presenting AIDS: Culture and Accountability at CUNY Graduate Center, Making Sense of Paper, Glitter and Life: A Curator Discussion at La MaMa Galleria and Collage and Curating: A Panel Discussion at St. John’s University. Furthermore, Nuzzi has organized artworld events such as Retracing I.C.E., an event on the effects of deportation at the Radiator Gallery, Embody, a night of performance art at the BRIC Rotunda Gallery and Regrouping: Art World Professionals Examine the Art Market, a public symposium at FIT. Kris Nuzzi was the recipient of the 2012 Lori Ledis Curatorial Fellowship at the BRIC Rotunda Gallery and the 2008 Curatorial Fellow at Artists Space.
Diane Samuels is a visual artist with both studio and public arts practices. She holds a BFA and MFA from Carnegie Mellon University, a diploma from the Institute in Arts Administration at Harvard University and has received honorary doctorates from Seton Hill University and Chatham University. Her work has been exhibited at the Andy Warhol Museum, Carnegie Museum of Art, Mattress Factory, Leo Baeck Institute, Center for Book Arts, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Contemporary Arts Center of Cincinnati, Hollins University, UMass New Bedford, Municipal Museum of Art (Gyor, Hungary), Synagogue Center (Trnava, Slovakia), Bernheimer Realschule (Buttenhausen, Germany) and Czech Museum of Fine Arts. Samuels has upcoming solo exhibitions at the San José Institute of Contemporary Art in 2018 and at the Whaling Museum, New Bedford, MA in 2020. Her work is in public collections including the Carnegie Museum of Art, Bank of New York Mellon, Reed College, Municipal Museum of Art (Gyor, Hungary) and Ruth and Marvin Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry. In 2013, she was the recipient of a Rockefeller Bellagio Residency in Italy and an American Academy in Jerusalem Fellowship. Samuels is the co-founder of City of Asylum Pittsburgh, which provides sanctuary to writers in exile.
Vanessa German is a visual and performance artist based in Pittsburgh. She is the founder of ARThouse, a community arts initiative for the children of her historic Homewood neighborhood. Her work is in private and public collections including Everson Museum of Art, Figge Art Museum, Flint Institute of Arts, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, David C. Driskell Center, Snite Museum of Art, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art and Wellin Museum of Art at Hamilton College. German’s fine art work has been exhibited widely, most recently at the Mattress Factory, Everson Museum of Art, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Studio Museum, Ringling Museum of Art and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. She has upcoming solo exhibitions at Carl Hammer Gallery in Chicago, Flint Institute of Arts in Michigan, Figge Art Museum in Iowa and The Union For Contemporary Art in Nebraska. German is the recipient of the 2015 Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant and the 2018 United States Artist Grant.