If You Build It

June 25, 2014- August 10, 2014

If You Build It

June 25, 2014- August 10, 2014

If You Build It

June 25, 2014 to August 10, 2014

If You Build It

June 25, 2014- August 10, 2014

If You Build It

June 25, 2014- August 10, 2014

Board of Directors

  • Alan Rosenbloom

    Alan Rosenbloom

    Board Chair

    Alan is currently an Adjunct Professor of Law and Special Assistant to the Dean at the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College. Previously, Alan previously served as a project-based lawyer doing corporate and commercial legal work for Fortune 500 companies and for many years was general counsel for a very large multinational insurance broker.

  • Nancy Schwartz-Weinstock

    Secretary

    VICE PRESIDENT OF LEGAL AFFAIRS, VILLAGE CARE: Nancy Schwartz-Weinstock is an attorney in New York City specializing in health care law. Since 2003, she has been General Counsel and Vice President for Legal Affairs for VillageCare, a not-for-profit health care organization offering residential and community-based rehabilitative, long-term and chronic care services in the New York metropolitan area. She received her Bachelor of Arts, Juris Doctor and Master of Laws degrees from Columbia University.

  • Michael Steinberg

    Michael Steinberg

    Treasurer

    PUBLISHER, GALLERIST, CURATOR & COLLECTOR: Works published by Steinberg's MS Editions are in the collections of New York's Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum, Whitney Museum of American Museum, and the Tate Gallery, London, among others. He has served on the boards of many of New York City's not-for-profit arts institutions, significantly shaping and supporting contemporary art.

  • Julia Draganovic

    Julia Draganovic

    Board Member

    DIRECTOR, KUNSTHALLE OSNABRUECK MUSEUM, GERMANY: German-born Julia Draganovic is an independent curator and art critic now living and working in Italy as a member of LaRete Art Projects. Her particular interest is in new artistic strategies and art in public spaces. From June 2009 through June 2010 she was guest curator with No Longer Empty. From January 2007 through February 2009 she was the Artistic Director of PAN | Palazzo delle Arti Napoli. She was the project leader for PAN’s partnership in the Art Radio WPS1 Live project by organized for the Venice Biennial in 2007. From 2005 through 2006 she signed as Artistic Director of the Chelsea Art Museum, New York. Julia has curated shows in Germany, Italy, Spain, Taiwan and the United States and has lectured in Europe and the United States. Her essays were published in numerous catalogues and art books as well as in the Kunstzeitung, Arte, Arte e Critica, and Flash Art.

  • Naomi Hersson-Ringskog

    Naomi Hersson-Ringskog

    Board Member

    EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, NO LONGER EMPTY: Naomi has spearheaded community and real estate outreach strategies for No Longer Empty, since its inception. She came to NLE with a desire to study and measure the effects of art as a tool for re-activating corridors and making a local economic impact. She has instituted three key programs: Art in Empty Spaces, Re:Store Design and the Site Assessment Lab. As a Swedish- American, Naomi is a graduate of Columbia University's Masters Program in Urban Planning with a focus on urban green sustainability. She was awarded the William Kinne Fellowship Award. Naomi previously worked for SK Development on two luxury hotels in New York City and Info. Design, an information architecture firm in Washington DC. She currently serves on the Executive Board of Columbia University's Alumni Association, the Coro New York Neighborhood Leadership alumni board and as a Public Advocate to the Board of Trustees for the Museum of the City of New York.

  • Amy Kaufman

    Amy Kaufman

    Board Member

    MANAGING DIRECTOR, LORD CULTURAL RESOURCES: Amy Kaufman has dedicated her career to arts and cultural management for over 15 years. With demonstrated success in institutional, business and strategic planning, organizational development, and operational implementation, she has worked with many of the leading international cultural institutions ranging from art museums to heritage sites to botanic gardens. Before joining Lord, Amy was Director of Planning and Operations for Special Projects at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, an advertising executive at N.W. Ayer and Partners, Director of Richard Russell Gallery in New Orleans, and a co-founder of Young at Art, a non-profit organization providing aid to struggling arts programs in public schools. Amy has a Masters of Arts in Latin American Studies from New York University and a Bachelor of Arts cum laude in Art History from Tulane University.

  • Dara Metz

    Dara Metz

    Board Member

    CO-DIRECTOR, MAGNAN METZ GALLERY: Magnan Metz Gallery is co-owned and directed by Alberto Magnan and Dara Metz. The Gallery exhibits international emerging and established artists working in a broad range of mediums. Magnan Metz works closely with its artists to support complex projects in both the private and public sphere. The program focuses on non-traditional artwork incorporating mixed media, installation, video and conceptual sculpture. The gallery is proud to have presented the first exhibitions for artists such as Duke Riley, Alexandre Arrechea, Alejandro Almanza Pereda, and Sofia Maldonado.

  • Rivka Saker

    Rivka Saker

    Board Member

    SENIOR DIRECTOR, SOTHEBY'S INTERNATIONAL IN ISRAEL: Rivka Saker has been with Sotheby's since 1982, when she established Sotheby's first office in Israel. In 1994 she became Managing Director of Sotheby's Israel and Senior Director of Sotheby's Europe. In May 2006 she was appointed Chairman of Sotheby's Israel. Rivka is philanthropically involved with several cultural institutions: the board of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra Foundation, Muzot—a school in Jaffa for troubled youth, the Center of Contemporary Art, Doc Aviv, the MFA Program of Bezalel in Tel Aviv, and other art institutions and museums. Since 2003, Rivka has been involved with the Association of Israeli Decorative Arts (AIDA), which helps promote the work of Israeli decorative artists overseas. In 2004 Rivka established Artis, the Israeli Contemporary Art Week in New York, a yearly event established to promote and expose Israeli artists to the art world in North America.

  • Manon Slome

    Manon Slome

    Board Member

    PRESIDENT & CHIEF CURATOR, NO LONGER EMPTY: Manon is also an independent curator working in New York City. From 2002 to June 2008 she was the Chief Curator of the Chelsea Art Museum (CAM) in New York. During that time, she curated and oversaw a program of some forty exhibitions, symposia and museum publications as well as monographs and scholarly essays. Ms. Slome became highly involved with the Israeli art scene during her research for the exhibition, Such Stuff as Dreams are Made on, (2005) and has followed and researched the Israeli scene for the last three years. Prior to the CAM, Ms. Slome worked as a curator at the Guggenheim Museum for seven years and was the recipient of the Helena Rubinstein curatorial fellowship at the Whitney Independent Study program. She has written widely on contemporary art and has recently completed The Aesthetics of Terror, published by Charta Press.

  • Brett Zaccardi

    Brett Zaccardi

    Board Member

    FOUNDER/CEO, STREET ATTACK, LLC: Brett Zaccardi is an entrepreneur and founder of Street Attack, LLC, an experience marketing company with offices in NYC and Nashville, TN. Zaccardi has over a decade of experience in advertising and non-traditional promotion involving stunts, urban takeovers, and public art projects. He's served on numerous boards and done work abroad in Kenya, Japan, Germany and UAE. Zaccardi is specifically interested in the intersection of art and commerce and is developing a company called Birdbath & Beyond that pairs artists with brands in creative and authentic ways. He's also a partner in award winning restaurant Rolf and Daughters in Nashville TN.

Advisory Board

  • Gail Buckland

    Gail Buckland

    Gail Buckland is an author, educator, curator and authority on photography. She is the author or collaborator on thirteen books of photography and history. A graduate of the University of Rochester, Buckland is Distinguished Visiting Professor and the former Olympus Visiting Professor of the History of Photography at The Cooper Union, New York City where she has taught since 1979. In 1991 she held the Nobel Chair in Art and Cultural History at Sarah Lawrence College. She has also taught at Columbia College, Chicago and Pratt Institute, Brooklyn. Gail Buckland is the curator of numerous exhibitions including The Photographer and the City at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (1977); the landmark Fox Talbot and the Invention of Photography at the Pierpont Morgan Library (1979); Cecil Beaton War Photographs at the Imperial War Museum, London (1981); Shots in the Dark: True Crime Pictures at the Chelsea Art Museum (2003), based on her book and the Court TV special for which she was a consultant; and Who Shot Rock and Roll: A Photographic History, 1955-Present (2009-2011) organized by the Brooklyn Museum.

  • Sarah Calderon

    Sarah Calderon

    Sarah Calderon is the Executive Director of Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education in the Bronx. She has both a B.F.A. in Printmaking and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Michigan. In 2000, she earned a Master of Arts degree (M.Ed.) in Arts in Education, with a concentration in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from HarvardUniversity. Ms. Calderon has been an artist-in-residence teaching photography and printmaking, worked with High/Scope Educational Research Foundation in Michigan and at MPR Associates, Inc. She worked on program evaluation, policy analysis, curriculum design, and teacher professional development, concentrating on middle and high school reform. Ms. Calderon also served from 2002-2004 as the Vice President of the Board of Directors for Opera Piccola, an arts education nonprofit organization in Oakland, CA. Most recently, she worked with the NYC Department of Education's Office of the Arts and Special Projects as the ArtsCount Advisor, implementing the first comprehensive review of arts in schools across New York City and creating an arts accountability system.

  • Tamara Greenfield

    Tamara Greenfield

    Tamara Greenfield is Executive Director of Fourth Arts Block (FABnyc) and Co-Director of Naturally Occurring Cultural Districts NY (NOCD-NY). Under her leadership, FABnyc has emerged from a part-time volunteer coalition into a thriving neighborhood-wide arts leader preserving the rich heritage and creative energy of the East Village/Lower East Side. Tamara has positioned FABnyc’s community-based network as a learning laboratory and testing ground for collaborative solutions to challenges faced by artists, small cultural and community groups. Under Tamara’s leadership FABnyc has leveraged more than $20 million in public capital funds to improve rundown cultural facilities and $700,000 in private grants for cultural and economic development initiatives. Prior to her work with FABnyc, Tamara directed Partnerships for Parks’ Catalyst for Neighborhood Parks Program and co-founded the grassroots Dancenow/NYC festival, curating and producing the work of more than 80 choreographers annually in multiple sites, from galleries and theaters to parks, a firehouse, and boxing ring. She received her Masters in Urban Planning from Hunter College and B.A. in Art History and International Development from Washington University in St. Louis.

  • Jordan Isenstadt

    Jordan Isenstadt

    Jordan Isenstadt joined Ducere as its first Global Chief Communications Officer (CCO) in October 2014. As CCO, Jordan will be helping to launch Ducere, an Australian e-learning platform and social enterprise, in North America and Europe. Prior to joining Ducere, Jordan was the Deputy Director of the Association for a Better New York (ABNY) for 6 years where he created the Young Professionals Network, helped reposition ABNY as a thought leader and oversaw the planning and execution of the ABNY Power Breakfasts. Before ABNY, Jordan served as New York City Press Officer for New York State Governors Eliot Spitzer and David Paterson, as well as Chief of Staff to New York State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky of Queens and Communications Director to New York State Senator Liz Krueger of Manhattan. He has a BA from Brandeis University in Political Science and Sociology and an MPA from Baruch College-CUNY. Jordan lives in Manhattan with his wife, Lauren, and daughter, Reese.

  • Jose Parla

    Jose Parla

    Jose Parla is an artist who assumes several roles in order to create his work; he acts as a historical transcriber, and a visual raconteur. As a transcriber, he records his experiences in calligraphic and palimpsestic code. Serving as a collection of textually chronicled memories, the markings appear on backdrops that resemble the distressed surfaces he encounters , city walls marred from layers of paint, old posters, and years of neglect. As a storyteller, Parla presents a leitmotif of an enigmatic narrative, reaching to translate moments that only a visual dialogue can convey. As art historian Michael Betancourt, has written, “What Parla’s work provides to its viewers is a way to re-see the city and re-engage the value of urban life.” Jose Parla, born 1973, Miami, Florida, and studied painting at Savannah College of Art & Design, Savannah, Georgia and New World School of the Arts, Miami, Florida.

  • Barbara London

    Barbara London

    Barbara London is curator of media and founder of the video exhibition and collection programs at The Museum of Modern Art. Since the 1970s, she has pioneered in tracking the development of media art from its raw beginnings, and has guided the field to its current position as a seriously collected, sophisticated form of expression. London has curated more than 120 exhibitions, including one-person shows with Nam June Paik, Bill Viola, Steina Vasulka, Joan Jonas, Gary Hill, Mako Idemitsu, Valie Export, Zhang Peili, and Laurie Anderson and thematic projects such as “New Video from China,” “Anime!” , “Automatic Update” and “Looking at Music 3.0.”

  • Sara Reisman

    Sara Reisman

    Sara Reisman is the Director of New York City's Percent for Art program which commissions permanent artworks for civic spaces like police facilities, libraries, public schools, cultural institutions, plazas, parks, and health centers. As a curator and writer, Reisman has organized exhibitions and written on themes like public engagement and public art, social practice, the aesthetics of globalization, and site-specificity for the Philadelphia Institute of Contemporary Art, Queens Museum of Art, The Cooper Union School of Art, Smack Mellon, Socrates Sculpture Park, Bronx Museum of Art, Momenta Art, and Aljira, a center for contemporary art in Newark, among others. Reisman has been a guest lecturer and critic at New York University, Rhode Island School of Design, Cranbrook Academy, Hunter College, and SUNY Purchase. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Chicago and was a Helena Rubinstein Curatorial Fellow of the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program in 2002-2003. Reisman was the 2011 Critic-in-Residence at Art Omi international residency.