I have had the good fortune to make my passions my career–to both communicate and contribute to the excitement of the contemporary art world of New York City.
I chose art history as my major at Washington University in St. Louis. And I pursued a masters in art history at Hunter College and the Graduate Center with feminist art historian Linda Nochlin.
Over a period of 20 years, I had a several turns as gallery directors before becoming a partner in Bridgewater, Lustberg and Blumenfeld in SoHo in 1999. During this time, I showed prints by Cindy Sherman, Alex Katz, Alison Saar, Terry Winters, among others. I have always loved prints as a more affordable point of entry for people to collect art. I continue to use the skills and contacts I gained in this period as an art advisor.
Bridgewater Lustberg Blumenfeld Gallery had a successful but short run, as I decided to return to my first love, art education. Since 2003 I have been an educator at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Guggenheim Museum. I have also maintained an active practice of taking or conducting small group tours of NYC’s art world.
With almost 40 years in the art field, including a six year stint as chair of the New York City (and largest) chapter of ArtTable— the leading organization for professional women in the visual arts— I have a wealth of knowledge and connections. I know NYC’s gallery districts, the collections of virtually all of NYC’s museums, and many artists who are willing to host my groups in their studios.
Beyond New York City, I have taken my groups to Art Basel in Miami, FL and Prospect New Orleans, LA. Other places on my “art map” include Marfa, Texas; Oaxaca, Mexico; and closer to home the Dia Art Foundation in Beacon, NY; the Brooklyn Museum; Mass MoCA, North Adams, MA; Visionary Museum, Baltimore; Mercer Art Museum, Doylestown, PA; Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, NY. This past summer I lead tours for the trustees and patrons of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection of the Venice Biennale, Italy.
To sum it all up, here’s my philosophy for all the dimensions of my career:
As viewers, we are participants in the art. My job as an educator is to make that viewing Technicolor– to add enthusiasm, history, context, and sometimes relevant gossip. My 15 minutes of “fame” came when both Newsday and the New York Times praised my gallery and me as providing a rare sense of “welcome all” in a landscape of snobbery. And my goal is simple and straightforward – to partner with my patrons in their enjoyment of viewing, learning, collecting, and always being inspired by art.