FRESCO Talk seeks artists, curators, collectors, and art historians who are actively engaged in the contemporary art scene and enthusiastically advocating for a dynamic interaction within and beyond the circle. 

The talk series is built upon personal experiences and insights from art professionals and aims to serve the inquisitive rising talents and art aficionados. 


FRESCO Talk #5

Artist & Society: A Conversation between Stéphanie Jeanjean and Joan Snitzer

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Art Historian, translator and curator, Stéphanie Jeanjean joins artist and educator, Joan Snitzer in a conversation regarding current society’s impact on art and the artists of today. Although from different academic backgrounds, these two experts have an overlapping passion for societal issues regarding artists and the art forms of today.

“Artist and Society,” continues the FRESCO Talk chapter, a talk series aiming to engage artists, gallerists, museums professionals, scholars, and collectors in conversation with the millennial generation.

In the discussion, the topic of current day artists and their ever-changing art forms was addressed. Snitzer brought up the idea that certain art forms that are popular today (such as street art, new media, and animation), were considered lowbrow artwork in the 80s, easily attainable and of limited value. The tables have turned on these art forms, as they become extremely popular to today’s varying demographics. Jeanjean spoke mostly about how much the new media sector of fine arts has changed and evolved, while the viewer may feel a slight disconnect when engaging with a piece. The screen of the camera acts as a buffer to the photographer, and this buffer transfers to the viewer as well. The topic that both guests focused on though, was how the education system is not universally acceptable depending upon the student’s background. Snitzer specifically pointed out how female artists, despite the many honorable efforts by feminist scholars, remain inadequately embraced in research and publications.

About the Panelists

Stéphanie Jeanjean is an art historian, translator, and curator based in New York. She currently teaches art history at The Cooper Union and Sotheby’s Institute of Art, and French translation at The Graduate Center, CUNY, New York.  She is a specialist of contemporary France, early French video and new media art. Stéphanie has worked on translating and subtitling in English rare early French video materials. She is also a lecturer on modern and contemporary art at The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and on French and European art for Smithsonian Journey. Her work on French militant video has been published in Afterall Journal, reprinted in Hilary Robinson ed., Feminism–Art–Theory, by Wiley & Blackwell Editions, Oxford (2015) and programmed at The Kitchen, in New York (2011). Her work, on Sociological Art, has been published in François Bovier and Adeena Mey eds., Exhibited Cinema an Anthology, by ECAL and JRP–Ringier Editions, Lausanne and Zurich (2016).  In the Fall of 2018, Stéphanie led the first publication in English dedicated to the Sociological Art Collective (with Maud Jacquin) and an exhibition on women design and protest (with Alexander Tochilovsky at 41 Cooper Gallery, The Cooper Union.

Joan Snitzer’s work focuses on painting as a method of visual communication and democratization of social and personal beliefs. She has exhibited work at MoMA, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, David Nolan Gallery, Zürcher Gallery, and other venues worldwide. Snitzer has worked in a number of organizations providing support for women and underrepresented artists; she has been affiliated with A.I.R Gallery, the oldest artist-run women’s exhibition space in the US, since 1974, and founded the “Artist in the Marketplace” program at Bronx Museum of the Arts, providing professional development opportunities to emerging artists in the New York metropolitan area. Snitzer is Co-Chair of the Barnard College Art History Department and Director of the Visual Arts Program, having held this position since 2001.

Moderator: Veronica Erdman

FRESCO Talk #4

Nova Prize Exhibition | Postmodern Miasmas: Responses to the Urban Body at Lispenard Meadow

Friday, March 1, 2019

Nova Prize Exhibition | Postmodern Miasmas: Responses to the Urban Body at Lispenard Meadow

Seven artists selected by an international jury for the 2019 Nova Prize are Abe Abraham, Mengfan Bai, Eero Jääskeläinen, Minju Kim, Yusuf can Kulak, Lily Reeves, and Kerstin Paillard. The exhibition, curated by Anthony Huffman, Baylee McKeel, Renata Baltar, and Shihui Zhou, thoughtfully reflects on human origins, civilization’s violent transformation of nature to forge the built environment, and attendant socio-environmental ailments linked to the embodies, postmodern urban experience.

Our honorable panelists included Ulrich Baer (Professor of German and Comparative literature at New York University), Blake Carrington (artist and Assistant Professor of Digital Arts at Pratt Institute), and Katya Grokhovsky (artist, curator, educator, and Founding Artistic Director of The Immigrant Artist Biennial and Feminist Urgent).

For the panel programming, click here.

About the Panelists

Dr. Ulrich Baer is Professor of German and Comparative Literature at NYU. He received his BA from Harvard University and his PhD from Yale University before joining the faculty of NYU in 1995. He is a widely published author, editor, and translator, and an expert on modern poetry, contemporary photography, literary theory, and philosophy. He has also published two books of fiction. Baer has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Getty Fellowship, an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship, and twice been honored by the NYU Faculty of Arts and Science Golden Dozen teaching award. He writes regularly on photography as a critic and commentator and teaches regularly in the Department of Photography and Imaging at Tisch.

Blake Marques Carrington works within the spheres of the sound, visual and performing arts. His solo exhibitions feature a range of work from inkjet painting to video installation using custom software systems. Parallel to his work in the visual arts context, he writes and performs original audiovisual compositions and releases full length albums. Working collaboratively, he has created and performed concert visuals with Patti Smith and Soundwalk Collective, and co-founded a platform for contemporary video art projections in public spaces called Urban Video Project that featured the work of Trevor Paglen, Jill Magid, and Miranda Lichtenstein. Blake was born in Indiana and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, where he teaches in the Digital Arts Department at Pratt Institute.

Katya Grokhovsky is an NYC based artist, independent curator, educator and a Founding Artistic Director of The Immigrant Artist Biennial (TIAB) and Feminist Urgent (FU). Grokhovsky holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a BFA from Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne University, Australia and a BA (Honors) in Fashion from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia. Grokhovsky has received support through numerous residencies and fellowships and has exhibited her work extensively.

Moderator: Anthony Huffman

FRESCO Talk #3

A Conversation with Jennifer Houdrouge

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Jennifer Houdrouge, co-director of the Chimney, discusses her experience as a curator and art director, from finding and utilizing the perfectly unique architectural space to symposiums and the gallery’s first publication.

“A Conversation with Jennifer Houdrouge” continues the FRESCO Talk program, a series aiming to engage artists, gallerists, museums professionals, scholars, and collectors in conversation with the millennial generation.

Houdrouge speaks about her curatorial process and the immersive environment that her and Clara Darrason seek to create at The Chimney. Playing on the rawness of its industrial architecture, all works are commissioned to interact with the space in order to create an engaging and interactive experience. Often working with multidisciplinary and international artists, she discusses the most fulfilling and challenging aspects as her job where the artwork or performance is as much on display as the architecture. Her curatorial process is a layered one that must be involved with both the artwork and the art space, allowing the industrial setting of The Chimney to be an interactive part of the show along with its visitors. She also discusses the gallery’s publication, 2020, their annual festival, “The Chimney Festival” which began in 2016, and their recent symposium, “Re-considering Materialism and Artistic Agency in the Age of the Anthropocene,” sharing her thoughts on the intersection or art and ecology.

About the Speaker

Jennifer Houdrouge is the co-director of the Chimney, an exhibition and performance space venue located in Bushwick. The Chimney opened in 2015 and features shows that are curated to dramatize the space. Each exhibition explores the constraints and possibilities of the gallery’s unique architecture. Instead of a white cube, the Chimney is a windowless black box.   

Before founding the Chimney alongside Clara Darrason, Houdrouge worked as a curatorial intern at Guggenheim Museum and as an assistant to the director at Gladstone Gallery. In 2017, the pair was named one of the “Brooklyn 100 Influencers” by Brooklyn Magazine. Both are alumnae of Sotheby’s Institute of Art, where they met.

Host: Yizhuo Irina Li


Saturday, November 3, 2018

The Yoruba prince, artist, and collector, Ómò Oba Adetomiwa A. Gbadebo, speaks about his use of the Yoruba language in his work and its sacred connection to spirituality.

“A Conversation with Yoruba Royal Collector” continues the FRESCO Talk chapter, a talk series aiming to engage artists, gallerists, museums professionals, scholars, and collectors in conversation with the millennial generation.

Mr. Gbadebo talks about using his heritage and experience as a Yoruba royal descendant, to produce his art pieces based on experiences and his emotions; in addition to incarnating a spiritual trance while he creates. The artist describes the process of forming multiple ideas in both his conscious and subconscious mind and the experience of developing them with the guidance of his Yoruba ancestors, Orisha’s, and Ifá philosophies. Gbadebo seeks to break the western comparison of his work to that of Jean-Michel Basquiat -  as he opens a world invitation to approach African culture with an open mind. He tells us about his work across the work, his recent initiatives, his involvement in with the global art scene, as well as his upcoming art projects.

About the Speaker

Ómò Oba Adetomiwa A. Gbadebo was born into three royal families: the Gbadebo royal family of Egba Kingdom and the Ademiluyi family of Ilé-Ifè Kingdom as well as the Oshodi (Tapa) family from Lagos. Òmó Oba (Prince) Gbadebo uses his Yorùbá heritage and life experiences to create his pieces based on emotions and the journey that life stitches; he embodies a spiritual trance while he creates.

As an artist, Gbadebo seeks to push humanity to see what they are choosing not to and to question all conscious solutions given. All of this, with the mindset of selflessly aiming for positive and forward transcendence equally for all alike and different. Gbadebo implements the use of rocks and other organic ready-mades in work, an intuitive and fierce visual style, at also telling of his very spiritual and ritualistic connection to his work - or as he states "It's beyond the human realm."

Gbadebo,  aside from exhibiting in numerous international art fairs mentioned as above;  is also the CEO and founder of Ori Consulting Group (Oriifa). Ori Consulting Group is a company that focuses on positive development across Africa as well as other global landscapes. Currently, Ori consulting groups focus on the arts and culture sector.

Host: Yizhuo Irina Li

FRESCO Talk #2

A Conversation with Yoruba Royal Collector


FRESCO Talk #1

Insights From A Millennial Art Collector

Saturday, October 13, 2018

“Insights From A Millennial Collector” introduces the first edition of FRESCO Talk, a series aiming to engage artists, gallerists, museums professionals, scholars, and collectors in conversation with the millennial generation.

From old masters to the rising generation of artists, Roy Huang speaks on his collecting trajectory and offers personal opinions on how to establish a collection of historical significance. An avid collector and active patron of art institutions, the speaker demonstrates how he approaches artists and acquires their monumental pieces. Roy also points out the key information he looks for when evaluating an artist or work of art, especially at a burgeoning stage of street artists, and his approach to such information. 

About the speaker

Roy Huang is the co-founder of FRESCO Network, an art asset network partnered with DSL Collection and Elastos, a guest speaker at Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business, and speaker at New Art Academy, Forbes Basel Conference. Roy has been actively advocating for the integration of the art market and technology and has received major press coverages by Forbes, Yahoo Finance, and various other media. Roy is a patron of major art museums in the U.S. and serves on the Director’s Council at the Museum of Modern Art.