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Dialogue and Discourse

Daughters of the Downtown Gallery: Halpert’s Legacy on Women Art Dealers


Thursday, December 12, 2019
6:30 – 8 pm
Scheuer Auditorium

Lindsay Pollock, author of The Girl with the Gallery: Edith Gregor Halpert and the Making of the Modern Art Market, leads a discussion with contemporary gallerists, Nicelle Beauchene, Joeonna Bellorado-Samuels, Bridget Donahue, and Jasmin Tsou, focusing on Edith Halpert’s lasting influence on women working in the commercial gallery scene. 



Lindsay Pollock, is the Chief Communication and Content Officer at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Previously she was Editor-in-Chief of Art in America magazine from 2011 to 2017. Pollock wrote on arts and cultural for Bloomberg news from 2005 to 2011. She was also a contributor on art related topics to various publications including The Art Newspaper. Her biography of pioneering art dealer Edith Halpert, The Girl with the Gallery currently the subject of an exhibition at the Jewish Museum through Feb. 9, was published in 2006. She has an M.S. in journalism from the Columbia University School of Journalism and a B.A. in Art History and English Literature from Barnard College.

Nicelle Beauchene established an exhibition space on the Lower East Side in 2008 to grant focus to innovative artistic practices across media and to advocate for a diverse group of artists through international engagement with curators, collectors and critics. Over the last 12 years the gallery has mounted over 100 critically acclaimed exhibitions. In 2012, Beauchene relocated into a historic two-story building shared with Jack Hanley, where the galleries exchange spaces monthly. Beauchene spearheaded this move as a sensitive response to site—extending the neighborhood’s histories characterized by collaboration and flexible exhibition contexts. In 2018, the gallery expanded into a second project space staged in an apartment. In spring 2019, Nicelle Beauchene cofounded Parts & Labor Beacon with Franklin Parrasch, an exhibition space dedicated to showing an emerging to mid-career artists in conversation with more historically recognized work in order to reframe important dialogues while allowing intimate conversations to unfold. Beauchene served as President of the New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) from 2010-2017.

Joeonna Bellorado-Samuels is the founder of We Buy Gold, a roving gallery presenting exhibitions, commissioned projects, and public events, and a Director at the Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. She is on the curatorial team of The Racial Imaginary Institute, which seeks to change the way we imagine race in the U.S. and internationally by lifting up and connecting the work of artists, writers, knowledge-producers, and activists with audiences seeking thoughtful, innovative conversations and experiences. Joeonna was a founding Director of For Freedoms, the first artist-run Super PAC which uses art to inspire deeper political engagement for citizens who want to have a greater impact on the American political landscape.

Bridget Donahue has worked with artists at Gladstone Gallery, D’Amelio Terras, Gavin Brown's enterprise and currently as the owner of her eponymous gallery on the Bowery in New York City. The gallery represents 11 living artists and mounts five exhibitions a year. In 2008, she co-founded Cleopatra’s, a storefront curatorial art project in Brooklyn and Berlin. Donahue has taught MFA candidates at the graduate level at The City College of New York and lectured at many universities on the topic of collaboration and professional practice for art students. She served on New Art Dealers Alliance's (NADA) Board of Directors and has consulted for Creative Capital. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Contemporary Textile Culture from Norwich University College of the Arts (UK) and a BA in Anthropology and Journalism from Boston University.

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Edith Halpert at the Downtown Gallery, surrounded by some of her artists, in a photograph for Life magazine in 1952.

Photograph © Estate of Louis Faurer

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