Catching Their Eye: Anne Huntington, Amanda Schneider, and Susi Kenna
(April 19, 2011) Anne Huntington is an art professional, lover, enthusiast, and collector. She is the founder of AMH Industries, an innovative curatorial and consultancy firm. She is also the communications manager at auction house Phillips de Pury & Company.
Amanda Schneider is the founder and Director of Dunham Place Salon, an art and design gallery in Williamsburg that collaborates with emerging and established artists. She is also responsible for the “table environment” installation at the upcoming Brooklyn Museum Artist Ball.
Susi Kenna is on the Steering Committee of MoMA Junior Associates, the founder of The Creatives Agency, and a producer of the exhibition So So, Incredibly Beautiful. She is an art lover, Macallan drinker, picture taker, and Wire enthusiast.
Sculpture is real. Its tangibility connects us directly with the work. I selected sculptures that play with serious and non-serious notions of the ready-made.
Johannes Esper, ContiEco, 2003, Tire and Water: Very serious, but very funny. A tire with water – what happens if pushed? Wet mess? The minimalistic nature appeals to me and makes me wonder, is this deep or is it just a tire and water?
Ai Weiwei, Surveillance Camera, 2010, marble: This simple structure looks like an owl. What do owls do? They watch and respond. What do cameras do? They record. But what do they record? Simply put – genius.
Tom Früchtl, Overdub, 2008, acrylic and lacquer on cardboard: Sometimes I really question what’s going on in the art world and realize that the art world is a reflection of everything – what is going on with the postal system?
As we creep closer to spring, I can’t help but think about getting out of the city. It’s time for an adventure! This work reflects my current state of mind: longing for a secret beach, the open highway, a mysterious historical city, or a serene state of mind, blending a touch of fantasy with reality.
Mark Lyon, Emerald Garden Laundromat, 2008: I like the humor in this piece. The idea of sitting in the laundromat daydreaming about a hot air balloon ride while your whites dry.
I consider myself an art lover and a social media-ista, but not so much a curator. It dawned on me that a successfully communicated idea, whether broadcast through art or social media, relies heavily on its quality, how it’s crafted and presented, and ultimately the way it’s received by and influences the audience. I selected several social networks with their own call to action and paired each artwork with one of these calls to action, creating a dialogue between two different yet complementary vehicles for communication.
Albert Weis, Coupes, 2008, aluminum, neon, mirror plates: What’s on your mind? (Facebook) - I love the way Weis’ work looks, but I’m confused by it’s meaning. I wish I could ask the artist to explain how his neon, abstract sculptures, “trace the long path from Dürer via Giacometti to Gropiusstadt and the Berlin Philharmonic by Scharoun.”
Michael Hofstetter, temple, 2005, wood. Courtesy of Nusser & Baumgart: Share an update. (LinkedIn) - ATTN Nusser & Baumgart, are you working on anything else right now? Because if you’re not, please publish more information about Hofstetter and his work online. Especially this sculpture, being that he made it back in 1995!
Les Frères Chapuisat, Métamorphose d’impact, installation, 2007: What’s Happening? (Twitter) - The Chapuisat Brothers are toying with people’s perceptions of subjective reality. By constructing installations that blur the boundaries of interior and exterior space, visitors are expected to have an ambiguously emotional reaction, dismiss their visual and intellectual habits, trust their senses, and approach the experience as an explorer.
Questions for the young curators
How did you get here?
Anne: While at Colgate University, I worked with David Zwirner, the Whitney Museum and Phillips de Pury & Company. I have lived in England, India, Australia, and Thailand and travel extensively meeting with local artists and galleries – I just returned from my latest adventure in Argentina. I started AMH Industries while working full time at Phillips de Pury & Company, where I am the Communications Manager. We specialize in finding new and innovative ways to show art and have featured emerging and established cutting-edge artists in transient and unorthodox pop-up locations. Our most recent show was a performance piece titled “A Failed Dinner Party”; the performance was just that – a curated evening of failure for over 70 guests ending in a beautiful dinner. Current projects include All City at 435 Broome Street, a group show focusing on the street art movement. Works range from graffiti, street design, illustrations, and collages to interactive design and Augmented Reality.
Amanda: I studied painting and art history at the University of Vermont and have 10 years of experience working in the contemporary art world. Prior to opening DPS I worked with several top galleries, including Lehmann Maupin and Paul Kasmin Gallery. I’ve also worked internationally with Jablonka Galerie. I love working with art and artists and have always wanted to open a space that brought new talent and ideas to light. Our next project is actually in Chicago, where we’ll have a booth at NEXT. I like to think of this as taking the show on the road. It allows a wider exposure for the artists who are mostly New York based. Chicago has a great community of galleries, collectors, museums, and enthusiasts and we’re excited to head back again this year.
Susi: I graduated from Parsons The New School for Design and previously worked in Marketing & Business Development at Christie’s and C&G Partners. I run a company called The Creatives Agency. We provide consultation and advisory services focused on social media, brand strategy, and business development for creative people and companies. We’re in the process of presenting a 6-month live-in installation titled So So, Incredibly Beautiful by Carlos Charlie Perez and Julio Cesar Gonzalez (through 6/10) in addition to developing Enter Pronoun, the first gender neutral makeup line by artist Natalia Ramirez (slated to launch in early 2012). In May we’re presenting 100 Smokers by Andrea Mary Marshall, which will feature 100 original drawings along with limited-edition prints of the top models of 2010. And, if all goes according to plan, we’ll spend the summer producing a multimedia series about artists in New York City.
Favorite new art and non-art discoveries?
Anne: Art’s synergistic influence in today’s world continues to spread – Fairey’s Hope for Obama and the power of Ai Weiwei. A few favorite artists right now include Alex Prager, Erwin Wurm, and Nir Hod. Latest non-art discovery: shotgun shooting.
Amanda: Red Hook. Have been spending a lot of time out there visiting artist studios (like Dustin Yellin and Bosco Sodi), and there are some great restaurants and bars. Dustin Yellin is moving forward with a project to create an artist residency and sculpture park out there. (His gallery, Kid Yellin, is already there.) Bosco Sodi is a Mexican artist that I work with, and he is having a show with Pace at the end of the year. A great place to grab a beer or a coffee is Fort Defiance, and The Good Fork is good for a bite to eat.
Susi: Art: Demon Hill by Julian Hoeber at The Hammer Museum. Non-Art: The Macallan Ice Ball Machine.