A diverse practice: some recent highlights
Ilana collaborated with producer Michael Huter on the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival world premiere of the short film Taylor and Ultra on the 60s, The Factory and Being a Warhol Superstar. Warhol superstar Ultra Violet and Lower East Side icon Taylor Mead share their inside stories of Manhattan in the 1960s.
Ilana is a member of the programming committee for ARTtuesdays/MIAMI, a group that organizes monthly panel discussions that explore timely and relevant creative initiatives that impact South Florida’s cultural landscape. Featuring an impressive range of Miami's art notables over the past 7 years, a recent program titled Current Conversations: 90 Miles No More...Recent Arrivals from Cuba highlighted a lively discussion amongst a curator and two artists who exchanged views with Raul Rodriguez, established collector of Latin American art and Carol Damian, educator, curator, and former director of the Frost Art Museum.
KVP recently curated an exhibition of Frank Dituri’s photographs at Stephen Rosenberg Fine Art in NYC. In addition to contributing an essay for the publication fata by Stephen F. Austin University Press (May 2015), we organized a sponsored and well-attended talk between Fran and Dr. David A. Lewis, Professor at SFA University, Texas.
Extending the Line 3D was created for C. Grimaldis Gallery in Baltimore, which also published a catalog with Fran’s essay and hosted a very well received panel discussion with curator Al Miner, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, art historian and collector Virginia K. Adams, artist Cordy Ryman and us. KVP enjoys ongoing consulting with this gallery that includes strategic planning, writing and curatorial projects.
Recognized for our strength in communications, Fran wrote a catalog essay for Conversation Piece on the works of Claire Seidl and John King for the show that opened in NYC. She also wrote the essay for Linda Schrank’s September exhibition at the Fondazione Piero della Francesca in Italy.
KVP organized a panel discussion on the role of small arts institutions, moderated by Fran, for the Bronx Museum of the Arts that featured Museum Director Holly Block, NYC Arts Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl, Stephanie Roach of the FLAG Art Foundation and Linda Lees, founder of Creative Cities.
KVP worked with The Andy Warhol Museum and KIWI Arts Group on a series of projects to promote the "the warhol: museum edition," a portfolio of rare photographs by William John Kennedy. Events included the international launch of the portfolio during Art Basel Miami Beach, and participation in both The Armory Show in NYC and Expo Chicago.