On sustainable practices, current state of the art world and rememberance of things past

Artists and art professionals across the United States and beyond were gathered  in aim to revisit, in the twenty-first century, the adapted version of the questionnaire popularised by the French essayist and novelist Marcel Proust. Proust answered the questionnaire in a confession album of his friend Antoinette, which was later revealed and published in the French literary journal "Les Cahiers du Mois". Faced with the apropos questions, participants raise the topic of sustainability in relation to art market and visual culture, discuss the state of the art world today and their recent projects, and provide their insights on current events.

Date: April 23, 2020


Diva Zumaya

Ph.D. Assistant Curator, European Painting and Sculpture at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). UC Santa Barbara. 


Ryan Frank

Artist and curator based in Brooklyn, a native of California and a graduate of NYU. Ryan’s work is a unique blend of photography and sculpture. 

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Michael Rose

Art historian, gallerist, art educator and appraiser. Currently the Gallery Manager at the Providence Art Club. Speaker on topics related to art history, he has given presentations at the RISD Museum, the University of Massachusetts, the Boston Athenaeum, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, among others. 


Sophie Westerlind

Artist from Stockholm, Sweden. Graduate of the Royal College of Art (UK) and the Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia (Italy). People from her everyday life are her greatest source of inspiration. 

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Laura Shabott

Laura Shabott is an artist and educator from Provincetown. She received her training at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and teaches at the Cape Cod Museum of Art, Provincetown Art Association and Museum and Truro Center for the Arts. She is also a Guest Artist at the Berta Walker Gallery. 


Matthew Hargraves

Ph.D. Chief Curator of Art Collections and Head of Collections Information and Access, Yale Center for British Art. He specializes in the history of British art, and in particular the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries.

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Song: "15 Steps" by Radiohead, Courtesy of Radiohead. Per institutional policy, viewpoints expressed here are of the participants and not of the institutions they are currently with.

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Jacob Henry Leveton

Ph.D. Art historian and theorist. Mellon curatorial fellow in the Department of Prints and Drawing as part of the Chicago Objects Study Initiative, Art Institute of Chicago. His areas of study include the works by William Blake, ecology and sustainability, romanticism, and architecture. 


Varia Serova

Senior curator and art consultant. She has worked for and collaborated with The State Russian Museum, The Museum of Modern Art, Harvard Art Museums, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Jewish Museum and MISP. She specializes in the history of Russian Art (first half of the twentieth century), Russian-American art and Russian avant-garde.