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the ISC Executive Director
In 1969 I attended
the Whitney Sculpture Annual. Two works there, a Dan Flavin light piece
and a Robert Morris wire mesh piece, changed art for me forever. Ten years
later, as I was finishing my internship at the Whitney Museums Independent
Study program, I had become even more fascinated by contemporary artists
and the ways they worked and lived. Thirty years later, that interest
is still alive and well.
So one might ask,
why come to the ISC and why now? My association with Sculpture magazine
dates back to 1986 when I was profiled in an article by Tsipi Ben-Haim.
At the time, I was representing artists as an agent, without a traditional
gallery space. Later I became a gallery owner, writer, educator, and freelance
curator. I spent the last six years building an international contemporary
collection for the Microsoft Corporation. Over the years I was an occasional
contributor to Sculpture, but always an avid reader. Coming to the ISC
means working with artists again in real time; working with the ISC Board
of Directors and the staff brings me back to the exchange of ideas, the
of new work, and the better understanding of artists with whom we are
familiar. It means working together to create a new legacy for the organization.
Sculpture is interdisciplinary:
it is diverse, inventive, and much more than the thing you bump into as
you step back to look at a painting. It can be fragile, solid, colorful,
or monochromatic. It can stand quietly indoors, or it can dominate the
skyline. It is static or dynamic, it is as small as a thimble or as large
as a building. Because of its many-sided and quizzical nature, it is subject
to a great deal of interpretationand that is the nature of the dialogue
at the ISC. Leading the ISC puts me at the center of an ever-evolving
community, one without geographical boundaries. I see one of my many goals
during the next few years as continuing to build connections with the
sculpture community, reaching out to new members who may be working artists,
art students, collectors, curators, critics, art historians, or simply
art lovers. The ISC is a forum for the exchange of ideas, a sculpture
think-tank manifest in our conferences, symposia, and future educational
events, as well as on the Internet and in the pages of this magazine.
Some of our current
projects include exploring how we can better serve you, our members: we
will oversee the second generation of the ISC Web site and expand our
activities with conferences and symposia such as the very successful event
in Salt Lake City this past fall dedicated to Robert Smithsons Spiral
Jetty. Our June 2005 ISC conference in Cincinnati will feature a variety
of panel discussions, individual presentations, regional gatherings, and
mentoring sessions for attendees. Plans for the 2007 ISC conference program
in Seattle are also in the works.
In the recent 10th
anniversary edition of Fast Company, the editor quotes from the sculptor
Henry Moore. So even big business knows that the ideas, practices, and
beliefs that propel us more often than not come from artists. Its
time that they hear more, and they willfrom us.
ISC Executive Director
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