Art, Ethics & Philanthropy roundtable

Art, Ethics & Philanthropy roundtable

Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University

Wangechi Mutu, Pretty Double-Head, 2010. Mixed-media, ink, collage, spray paint on Mylar. Collection of Blake Byrne. Courtesy of the artist and Susanne Vielmetter, Los Angeles Projects. Photo: Robert Wedemeyer.

February 25, 2016
Art, Ethics & Philanthropy roundtable

Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 6:30–8pm

Columbia University
301 Uris Hall
Enter campus at 116th Street and Broadway
New York

In conjunction with the exhibition:
Open This End: Contemporary Art from the Collection of Blake Byrne
On view from 5–6pm
Exhibition curator Joseph R. Wolin, will offer a guided tour.

Wallach Art Gallery
8th Floor, Schermerhorn Hall

Bruce Kogut, Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Professor of Leadership and Ethics, Columbia Business School, will moderate a spirited roundtable conversation with collector Blake Byrne and several guest panelists active in collecting and philanthropy in the arts.

Guests include:
Amy Cappellazzo: Sotheby’s and founder/principal, Art Agency Partners
Lisa Erf: executive director and chief curator, JPMorgan Chase Art Collection
Michael Levine: private collector, board member of Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University and Arthur Levine Foundation
Jack Tilton: founder of Tilton Gallery, NY; Roberts & Tilton, LA; and China Project, Tong Zhoa

Blake Byrne received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke in 1957 and an MBA from Columbia Business School in 1961. He spent 35 years in television broadcasting beginning at CBS in New York. In 1995, he founded The Skylark Foundation, a philanthropic family foundation. He has been a trustee of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, since 1999, and is a chair emeritus of Duke’s Nasher Museum.


Open This End: Contemporary Art from the Collection of Blake Byrne
Open This End: Contemporary Art from the Collection of Blake Byrne is on view at The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery through March 12. The exhibition features works from some of the most significant artists of the last 50 years. The title, from a 1962 Warhol painting included in the show, suggests that the exhibition is a present to be unwrapped, a surprise that audiences will delight in discovering.

Artists in the exhibition include Vito Acconci, John Baldessari, Mark Bradford, Marlene Dumas, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, David Hammons, Bruce Helander, Thomas Houseago, Mike Kelley, Martin Kersels, Martin Kippenberger, Louise Lawler, Sherrie Levine, Glenn Ligon, Agnes Martin, Rita McBride, Paul McCarthy, Matthew Monahan, Juan Muñoz, Wangechi Mutu, Bruce Nauman, Albert Oehlen, Paul Pfeiffer, Sigmar Polke, Gerhard Richter, Ed Ruscha, Cindy Sherman, Tony Smith, Andy Warhol, Kehinde Wiley, and Christopher Williams.

Open This End is sponsored by the Skylark Foundation. Joseph R. Wolin is the curator.


Other related events

“Leap Year” family day
Saturday, February 27, 10am–1pm

Curator’s walk and talk
Exhibition curator will lead visitors in personal walk through the exhibition.
Saturday, February 27, 3pm

For more information and to register, please visit our website.


About The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery advances Columbia University’s historical, critical, and creative engagement with the visual arts. Serving as both a laboratory and a forum, The Wallach Art Gallery offers opportunities for curatorial practice and discourse, while bridging the diverse approaches to the arts at the University with a welcome broader public.

Established in 1986, The Wallach Art Gallery is the University’s premier visual arts space. We are a platform for critically acclaimed exhibitions, a dynamic range of programming, and publications that contribute to scholarship.

In spring 2017, The Wallach Art Gallery will expand its space, ambition and reach when it moves into The Lenfest Center for the Arts, a new state-of-the-art complex rising on Columbia’s Manhattanville campus. Designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop, the five-floor, 53,000-square-foot structure stands prominently on a small public plaza on West 125th Street between Broadway and 12th Avenue, just west of the Jerome L. Greene Science Center. The Lenfest Center for the Arts will also include a screening room, a flexible theatre, and a sky-lit hall for educational and public activities.

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