Dialogs LA 2017
1pm – At The Edge of a New Era in Art Curation
Moderator: Billy Rose & Paul Lester

Presented By: THE AGENCY

Dialog: Curating the Private Home: Digital Curation, Bespoke Architectural Construction, and the Mixture of Mediums.

3pm – Mel Ramos: His Life’s Works
Speaker: Mel Ramos, Recipient of the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award from LA ART SHOW

Dialog: Mel reflects on his life and his work spanning over 40 years, sharing his inspirations and his journey from 1960 to present day.

About the Artist: Mel Ramos is an American Pop artist best known for his female nudes painted alongside brand logos. In the early 1960s, Mel Ramos (born 1935), one of the first artists to embrace Pop art, abandoned Abstract Expressionism and began to produce the work of glossy, flat paintings of idealized, voluptuous female nudes emerging from banana peels, lounging on top of cigars or caressing bottles of ketchup. Ramos’ pointed coupling of women with familiar products serves as a commentary on the ways in which modern culture has cast the female body as interchangeable with beauty and consumerism. Like Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol, Ramos found imagery from comic books inspirational for his highly graphic style and grew up drawing the cartoons and characters from their pages. Born on July 24, 1935 in Sacramento, CA, Ramos studied art at Sacramento State College under the tutelage of his mentor and friend, Wayne Thiebaud, and where he earned both his BA and MA degrees. The painter and printmaker’s work is part of the collections at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, among others. Just released Mel Ramos: Superman at the Supermarket is a homage to Ramos, published in celebration of his 80th birthday. He currently lives and works in Oakland, CA and Spain.

5pm – In Conversation With Michael Netter
Speaker: Michael Netter

Dialog: For more than 40 years, Michael Netter has been creating video art, paintings, and assemblages. A self-taught artist, and protégé of Andy Warhol, he was fully immersed in the dynamic art world of New York City in the early 1970s.

In 1970, at age 22, Netter bought the Sony Portopak, the world’s first portable video system. From a family of Hollywood moviemakers, Netter was no stranger to the power of storytelling and the moving image. Soon after Netter was introduced to Andy Warhol by his good friend and Interview Magazine editor, Bob Colacello. From 1970 to 1973 Michael worked with Warhol and shot 200 videos of Factory superstars Joe Dallesandro, Jane Forth, Candy Darling, Brigid Polk, also events like David Bowie’s first visit to Warhol’s Factory, and celebrities including actor Dennis Hopper at the Chelsea Hotel and fashion designer Halston to name a few.

During those formative years in the Factory, Netter continued to paint and while Warhol encouraged him, by 1973 Netter left the world of Warhol and, as a painter, went underground.

Over the next three decades, continuing to paint, Michael Netter simultaneously built a successful corporate consulting practice. Capitalizing on his artistic background, Netter developed logo designs, branding strategies, and product innovations for Verizon, United Artists, Coca-Cola, Merrill Lynch, Kraft, Chase Bank, American Express, and other companies.


1pm – A Conversation on Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA
Panel: Idurre Alonso, Cecilia Fajardo-Hill, Chief Curator, SPACE Collection and co-curator of the Hammer Museum’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA exhibition. David Evans Frantz, Curator, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries, Los Angeles. Irene Tsatsos, Gallery Director/Chief Curator, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena. Artist Clarissa Tossin whose work will be featured in two Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA exhibitions.

Dialog: The Getty’s first Pacific Standard Time initiative (2011-2012), was an unprecedented program of 68 coordinated exhibitions about Art in L.A., from 1945 to 1980, that unfolded across Southern California, from San Diego to Santa Barbara and from Santa Monica to Palm Springs. For the past several years, the Getty has been planning its newest Pacific Standard Time initiative, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, which will be focused on Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles. Supported by grants from the Getty Foundation, PST: LA/LA will open publicly in September 2017, with more than 70 exhibitions organized by museums, university galleries, and non-profit cultural spaces across the region, as well as film series, performing arts programs, and a performance art festival. This panel discussion will bring together curators and artists to preview several of these upcoming exhibitions. Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA is an initiative of the Getty. The presenting sponsor is Bank of America.

3pm – Philippe Vergne with Kim Martindale
Dialog: MOCA Director Philippe Vergne joins LA Art Show Producer Kim Martindale in discussion about the making of the coveted Jeff Koons’ limited edition Balloon Dog by famed French porcelain company Bernardaud.


5pm – CUBA: “Behind The Wall: Detrás del Muro”
Moderator: Marisa Caichiolo

Panel: Juanito Delgado Calzadilla, Director-Curator. Elvia Rosa Castro: Assessor. Daniel Gonzalez: Co-curator, Carlos Martiel

Dialog: Behind The Wall is a sociocultural and democratic project that explores a wide range of ideas and freedom. Part of the 2015 Cuban Biennial, the project brought together the artwork by international and national artists. The panel will introduce last year’s selection of artists, artworks and spaces and will also reveal details about the upcoming edition of the project, which will take place in Havana in 2018.

1pm – Selling Out or Selling Up
Moderator: Paul Lester

Presented By: THE AGENCY

Dialog: A discussion of the dynamics between the public art scene in Los Angeles, social media, and the commercialization of organic art.

3pm – The Modern Eye:
Cultivating a 21st-Century Private Collection
Panel: Art Collector Chara Schreyer & Interior Designer Gary Hutton

Dialog: Leading art collector Chara Schreyer’s forty-year collaboration with interior designer Gary Hutton has produced five residences designed to house six hundred works of art, including masterpieces by Marcel Duchamp, Andy Warhol, Donald Judd, Louise Nevelson, Diane Arbus, and Frank Stella. Art House takes readers on a breathtaking visual tour of these stunning spaces, which range from an architectural tour-de-force to a high-rise “gallery as home.” Art House is an exploration of a life devoted to living with art and a friendship dedicated to designing homes that honor it. Featuring works by iconic artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Eva Hesse, Marcel Broodthaers, and Joseph Beuys, as well as by contemporary artists like Gedi Sibony, Rachel Harrison and Christian Marclay, Schreyer’s collection and the residences that house it are informed by her scholarship and her passion for the conceptual. With original photography by nationally renowned photographer Matthew Millman, written by Alisa Carroll, editor in chief of San Francisco’s leading design magazine SFC&G, and foreword by Neal Benezra, Director of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), Art House is an inspiration for art and design lovers alike.

JP Hayden, Jr of HAYDEN & FANDETTA will host a book signing immediately following the Dialog.


5pm – Relational Undercurrents:
Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago
Moderator: Marisa Caichiolo

Panel: Scherezade Garcia, Tatiana Flores

Presented By: MOLAA

Dialog: Relational Undercurrents offers a reading of twenty-first century artistic production of the inward-looking Caribbean that employs the archipelago as an analytical framework. The conceptual margins imposed on spaces that share similar ecologies and historical processes are being questioned. This exhibition challenges the understanding of the Caribbean as secluded, hermetic, and beyond comprehension. Relational Undercurrents features inter-disciplinary art that has shaped the exhibition’s effort to recognize contemporary Caribbean identities amongst nations that have been historically divided and alienated.

In My Floating World, Landscape of Paradise (2010), by artist Scherezade García, will be featured in Relational Undercurrents and is a strong example of Caribbean art’s contemporary relevance. Garcia’s multi-media works blur the boundaries of sculpture, painting, and drawing. In this particular piece, Garcia has utilized mass-produced everyday inner tubes in different sizes and varied shades of blue, tied together and embellished with glued on photographic images of the sea. The artist concurrently captures the sea’s dual representations, depicting it as a blue liquid frontier of enchantment as well as an historical site of vehement struggles and corporeal isolation. A nation surrounded by the sea, the Caribbean is a place of inspiration and profound obstacles that serve as the backbone of understanding Relational Undercurrents.

1pm – Conflictive, Unbalanced and Absurd
Panel: Mariano Barbieri, Julian Manzelli, Matias Vigliano, Orilo Blandini

Dialog: DOMA is a group of Argentine artists that got their start in the Buenos Aires Urban Art scene back in 1998 through art installations, stencils, street-projections and absurd ad campaigns. They studied Illustration, Film and Graphic Design at the University of Buenos Aires, where some of the members later developed as professors. DOMA today works solely on art projects, in an ever-growing array of mediums and formats. Since the beginning, they started creating conceptual universes, different worlds and characters that have been evolving to today’s work, with the group’s specializing in art installation, animation and dioramas in contemporary art platforms. In almost two decades they have developed a distinguishable style, characterized by a sharp and absurd vision of reality.
DOMA Installation, by Getty Image for LA Art Show 2017