The morning session of the VoCA Summit, held at SFMOMA on January 26, 2018. Neal Benezra and Martina Haidvogl welcome everyone; Inge-Lise Eckmann Lane and Chad Alligood introduce VoCA and the Summit program; Jill Sterrett and Richard Candida Smith discuss the origins of VoCA's Artist Interview Workshops; Jen Mergel gives a 5-minute spotlight presentation; and Michael Auping shares anecdotes and various types of interviews he has conducted over his 40-plus year career, with audience Q&A.
The mid-morning session of the VoCA Summit, held at SFMOMA on January 26, 2018, focuses on preserving the artist's voice and legacy. In this session, Ruth del Fresno Guillem gives a spotlight presentation about her experience attending the VoCA Artist Interview Workshop in Miami; Shervone Neckles Ortiz discusses her work with the Joan Mitchell Foundation and their Creating a Living Legacy Programs, and is then joined on stage by Arlan Huang, Beth Krebs, and Robin Clark for a discussion about the role artists have to play in shaping the organizations that support them.
The afternoon session of the VoCA Summit, held at SFMOMA on January 26, 2018, focuses on Conversations in Action. Spotlight speaker Yasmeen Siddiqui discusses founding Minerva Projects, an incubator space in Denver, Colorado, and the impact the 2016 Denver Workshop had on its creation; a panel discussion featuring Narayan Khandekar, Jess Rigelhaupt, Gloria Sutton, and Pip Laurenson approaches the interview as a multifaceted discovery tool, a vehicle for building collaboration and making meaning in our lives; the group opens the conversation to the audience for Q&A.
End of Day Session
The final session of the VoCA Summit, held at SFMOMA on January 26, 2018, focuses on the voice of the artist, and ruminates on where we go from here. In this video, guest artist Chris Kallmyer discusses the Summit House Band and the impetus behind his short film, entitled "My LeWitt, 1971/2018"; after screening the film, Chris speaks with Jill Sterrett and Chad Alligood about the project; Jill and Chad then reflect on many of the topics and issues raised throughout the day, and open the conversation up to audience questions.
Commissioned by Voices in Contemporary Art and shown at SFMOMA on January 26, 2018
My LeWitt is a film that features a replica of Sol LeWitt’s 1971 Modular, taken to places and contexts that the original work cannot go. The film is a series of vignettes and interviews that feature a physicist, architect, folklorist, toddlers, and puppeteers talking about their own lives as it crosses paths with high modernism.