Conversation on Patronage: Artists as Patrons
Presented by California Institute of the Arts
Artists Andrea Bowers and Laddie John Dill and Mary Clare Stevens, Executive Director of Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, discuss how artists and foundations started by artists can expand their roles into the realm of patronage to support the work of other artists and organizations that they value, moderated by Anne Ellegood, Executive Director, Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (ICA LA).
Anne Ellegood was recently appointed the Executive Director of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (ICA LA). She was the Senior Curator at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles from 2009-2019. Prior to joining the Hammer, she was Curator of Contemporary Art at the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture and from 1998-2003 she was the Associate Curator at the New Museum of Contemporary Art. Most recently, she co-curated, with Erin Christovale, Made in LA 2018 and organized the first North American retrospective of the work of Jimmie Durham, which opened at the Hammer in February 2017 and traveled to three venues in the U.S. and Canada. Ellegood has organized numerous solo exhibitions, including those with Baudelaire, Kevin Beasley, Shannon Ebner, Latifa Echakhch, Charles Gaines, My Barbarian, John Outterbridge, Pedro Reyes, Tschabalala Self, Francis Upritchard, Sara VanDerBeek, and Lily van der Stokker.
As Executive Director of the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, Mary Clare Stevens directs the vision of the Foundation with the Board of Directors and oversees the administration, operations and initiatives of the organization. She was the artist’s studio manager for many years and was a trustee of his estate, serving a key role in the transition from a working artist’s studio to a non-profit foundation. Prior to her work with Kelley’s Studio and the Foundation, she worked in arts education, video and art production, and museum administration. She is also an artist and holds an MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles. Stevens appears in Kelley’s Day Is Done
as an extra and contributed vocals to several songs for the project. Originally from Philadelphia, she has lived and worked in Los Angeles for over 20 years.
Laddie John Dill, a Los Angeles artist, had his first solo exhibition in New York City with Illeanna Sonnabend Gallery in 1971. He was one of the first Los Angeles artists to exhibit “light and space” work in New York. He exhibited the “Light Sentences” and “Light Plains” in institutions across the United States and globally, and has enjoyed a resurgence of interest in these pieces in the last decade as well, including a recent acquisition of a “Light Plains” sculpture by the Museum of Modern Art in New York. It is currently on view in the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan. Laddie John Dill’s work is in the permanent collections of national and international institutions such as Museum of Modern Art, NY; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA; Museum of Contemporary Art, CA; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA; High Museum, GA; The Phillips Collection, DC; Chicago Art Institute, IL; Smithsonian, DC; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark; Pio Monte della Misericordia, Italy; Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, CA; and Museo Jumex, Mexico. He currently lives and works in Venice, CA where he maintains a studio.
Andrea Bowers lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. Bowers received her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 1992. Over the last twenty-three years, she has built an international reputation for her drawings, videos, and installations, which deal with social issues ranging from womens’ and workers’ rights to climate change and immigration. Bowers is representedby Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Andrew Kreps in New York, NY, Capitain Petzel in Berlin, and Kauffman Repetto in Milan.
Seats will be allocated at a first come first served basis for this event.