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Safe Space: How Artists Interact With Museums

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As the contemporary art world evolves, many museums find themselves in a position to re-examine their role in it. From navigating conservation in a digital age to reinterpreting the use of museum space, many of these changes are entering uncharted territory. One way museums are leaning into their roots at this time is by providing a new level of support for artist-museum relationships. Join the Center for Art Law on April 26th for “Safe Space: How Artists Interact with Museums” as we hear from Joel Ferree (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) Sriba Kwadjovie Quintana (San Francisco Museum of Fine Arts) and moderator Irina Tarsis as we hear thoughts on the role of artists within the current and future museum world. Exploring topics from artist workshops and mentorships to monetary assistance and legal parameters, the audience will learn about current developments in the museum field so that artists, museum professionals, and visitors alike can better understand the vitality of museums and their role as a safe space.

About our Speakers

Sriba Kwadjovie Quintana, J.D., currently serves as the Intellectual Property Manager at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), where she manages copyright, licensing and assesses compliance with laws affecting the museum’s operation, exhibition programming, events and publications. She has presented on matters involving intellectual property for the American Bar Association, Western Museums Association and at Stanford University. Sriba is also a trained dancer and choreographer and has performed with various modern/contemporary dance companies in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Joel Ferree is the Program Director of LACMA’s Art + Technology Lab. Since he started at LACMA in 2011, Ferree has been nurturing artistic collaborations for the museum, focusing first on the development team’s special projects and then continuing to launch the Art + Technology Lab with the vice president of technology in 2014. As program director of the Lab, he specializes in forging productive relationships between artists and technology leaders in the corporate, academic, and public sectors. The goal of these partnerships is to foster new forms of artististic experimentation and public engagement, and to create meaningful dialogue around the relationship between technology and culture. Prior to joining LACMA, he was the director of Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York, where he oversaw a roster of 18 international artists while developing 24 exhibitions and 14 art fair installations.

Ferree received his MA from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, where he was the recipient of the William Kinne Memorial Fellowship.

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