Mana Professional: Panel Discussion and Q&A Session

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
6:30 – 8:30PM
Mana Theater


 

Mana Professional: Panel Discussion and Q&A Session

 

Join a panel of art experts on Wednesday, May 24 to discuss the forthcoming launch of Mana Contemporary's new platform, Mana Professional, which will begin this fall. Designed to support Mana's artist resident community in New Jersey, the program invites a fluid faculty of specialists and influencers from the fields of museums, private collections, art & law, partnerships, and fundraising to deliver workshops, lectures, and one-to-one mentoring, as well as lively bespoke networking events. The panel includes Guggenheim Museum's curator Sara Raza, Yayoi Shionoiri (art lawyer from Artsy), and Yng-Ru Chen (head of partnerships at Tattly), in a session chaired by Eugene Lemay, director of Mana Contemporary.

Sara Raza

Sara Raza
Sara Raza is the Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator for the Middle East and North Africa where she recently organized the exhibition But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise: Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africa. Raza has curated exhibitions and projects for several international biennials and festivals in Central Asia, Caucasus, Europe, and the Middle East. Formerly she was the curator of Maraya Art Centre in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, and served as the head of education and public programs at Yarat Contemporary Art Space, Baku, Azerbaijan and curator of public programs at Tate Modern, London. Raza lectures and writes for numerous books and publications. She is the longstanding West and Central Asia editor of ArtAsiaPacific magazine and is currently editing a book on her research entitled Punk Orientalism, which will be published in 2018 by Black Dog Publishing, London. Raza is a frequent guest lecturer and speaker at global universities, conferences, and symposia on art and curating. She was the winner of the 11th ArtTable New Leadership Award (2016) for women in the arts. Previously she was awarded the Arts Council’s of England’s Emerging Curator’s Award (2004) and was a finalist for the Walter Hopps Award (2015). She blogs regularly at www.sararaza.com.

Areas of focus
Mentoring
Global curatorial knowledge
Collaborative working with institutions

Yng-Ru Chen

Yng-Ru Chen
Over the last 15 years, Yng-Ru Chen has worked in the cultural and creative
sector as an arts administrator, arts specialist, and business development lead. Currently, she is the Head of Marketing and Partnerships at the Brooklyn-based Tattly Temporary Tattoos (www.tattly.com). In this role, she has forged relationships and established partnerships with the White House, National Gallery of Art in Washington, Art Basel, Christie’s, Mashable, Warner Bros., Sesame Workshop, and many not-for-profit cultural institutions. Previous roles include Specialist in Chinese Works of Art at Sotheby's, Director of Press and Government Relations Liaison at MoMA P.S.1, and Public Relations Manager at the Asia Society. She has also worked as a communications consultant to artists such as Duke Riley, Oliver Jeffers, Mac Premo, and to the Museum of Chinese in America. She is an alumni of Williams College and Duke University, and received her M.A. in Arts Administration from Columbia University. Born in Taipei, Taiwan, she was raised in Boston and now resides in Brooklyn with her husband and two young children.

Areas of focus
Building partnerships with arts, design and commercial sectors
Marketing & PR
Communications strategy

Yayoi Shionoiri

Yayoi Shionoiri
Yayoi Shionoiri is Senior Counsel to Artsy, the digital platform for the art world. With a mission to make art as popular as music in the culture, Artsy provides users with an opportunity to learn about and collect art. At Artsy, Yayoi advises on technology start-up operations, special projects, intellectual property issues, and digital media strategy. She is a published specialist and frequent presenter on art law and is respected for her research on the application of copyright and intellectual property law to art issues. From 2011 to 2015, Yayoi was the Associate General Counsel of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, advising on legal aspects of matters including exhibitions and nonprofit operations. From 2008 to 2011, she served as legal advisor to Japanese contemporary artist Takashi Murakami, managing his contract negotiations and worldwide intellectual property rights. She received her A.B. from Harvard University, her J.D. from Cornell Law School, and her M.A. from Columbia University in Modern Art. As an US-Japan Leadership Program Fellow and an Asia Society Asia 21 Young Leader, she actively contributes to the ongoing development of cultural collaborations and political ties across nations. She joined the Artists' Legacy Foundation board in 2015.

Areas of focus
Art and law
Negotiating contracts
Understanding copyright and intellectual property
Resale Rights
Start-up advice