Join Us Online for ‘A Peek Behind the Curtain: Conversations Between Photographers + Their Dealers’

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NOTE: This class will be held in a live, online format using the Zoom platform
Class meets 5:30-7pm ET

This ongoing 90-minute series is geared toward photographers and the curious collector, where we go behind-the-scenes to have a flexible, honest and open conversation between a dealer and one of their artists.  From the gallery’s perspective, topics may range from how the dealer met the photographer and how they now work together, to how the gallery defines its brand, how new talent is discovered to the challenges of running a gallery in today’s world. Of particular interest is what attracted the photographer to the dealer and vice versa!  Collector, advisor and Maine Media faculty member, Alice Sachs Zimet, moderates.

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In 2017, Susan Laney opened Laney Contemporary Fine Art  to provide a platform for emerging and established contemporary artists. Just west of Savannah’s historic district and housed in a Lee J. Meyer building, Laney Contemporary exhibits a selection of solo and themed exhibitions featuring regional and international artists. With a sprawling, woodsy front lawn, the gallery is unique in its deep commitment to Savannah’s diverse artistic community. The gallery regularly hosts a variety of public events, including outdoor screenings, culinary experiences, free educational events, artist talks, and programs with community partners, such as the James Beard Award-winning restaurant, The Grey, and the coastal conservancy, 100 Miles. Laney Contemporary can be found on ARTSY and participates in international art fairs such as NADA, Miami.

Susan Laney is the director of Laney Contemporary, based in Savannah, Georgia, and leads an ambitious exhibition program specializing in photography and contemporary art from both emerging and established artists,  with a focus on the South. Laney has curated exhibitions in galleries, colleges, and museums, 7 alone (2014-2018) with the  Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) including  Kevin Cooley’s exhibition ‘High Water Mark’ at Trois Gallery (2016).  From 2014 – 2016, Susan was the curator of the visual arts exhibition for the Westobou Festival in Augusta, Georgia. Her passion for the arts began with a part-time job at the Jack Leigh Gallery while attending SCAD. In 1998, she returned as director, where she worked for 13 years.


Check out the Full Upcoming Series:

Thursday, March 25
12 – 1:30pm EST
Cig Harvey and Caroline Wall, Director of the Robert Mann Gallery, New York, NY

Wednesday, April 7
12 – 1:30pm EST
Jess T. Dugan and Catherine Edelman, Director of the Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago, IL

Thursday, April 22
5:30-7pm EST
David Emitt Adams and Terry Etherton, Director of the Etherton Gallery, Tucson, AZ

Wednesday, May 5
5:30-7pm EST
Kevin Cooley and Susan Laney, Director of Laney Contemporary Fine Art, Savannah, GA

Tuesday May 18th
12-1:30pm EST
Annu Palakunnathu Matthew & Esa Epstein, sepiaEYE, New York, NY

Wednesday, June 2
12-1:30pm EST
Allen Frame and Tom Gitterman, of Gitterman Gallery, New York, NY

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Instructor: Alice Sachs Zimet

Alice Sachs Zimet has been a collector of fine photography for 30+ years, as well as an educator, consultant, and advisor with regular participation in juries, portfolio reviews and festivals. Faculty, International Center of Photography (ICP) School. Chair, Photography Curatorial Committee, Harvard Art Museums. Board, Magnum Foundation. Chair, Acquisitions Committee, ICP. Independent educator and consultant, Corporate Sponsorship. Adjunct Professor, Graduate Program, Arts Administration, Steinhardt School, New York University. Bachelor’s Degree (Art History), Syracuse University. Studied art history at the Sorbonne, Paris, France. Master’s Degree (Art History), New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts. Research Assistant, Grey Art Gallery. Manager, Summer Intern Program, Metropolitan Museum of Art. Manager, Direct Mail Publications Program, American Federation of Arts. Director, Worldwide Cultural Affairs, The Chase Manhattan Bank.