Franklin Environmental Center, The Orchard-Hillcrest 103
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Middlebury, VT 05753
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Claire de Dobay Rifelj, Independent Art Historian, Writer, and Curator, “Artist-Run Spaces in Los Angeles: Tradition or Trend?”

Artist-run exhibition spaces—alternative venues for the presentation of contemporary art—are not a new phenomenon, nor are they indigenous only to Los Angeles. Yet due to several factors, including urban sprawl, comparatively low costs, prominent art schools, and a shifting art market, artist-initiated spaces have mushroomed in several pockets of the city in the past two years, filling an evident need. This talk examines historical precedents and delves into the broad range of strategies that artists have used to foster new contexts for both their work and that of their peers. It also considers issues such as gentrification that have complicated this development and artists’ engagement with surrounding communities.

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Academic Affairs

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Simmons, Kristina