Mar 8th 2020

Inherited Artist’s Collections: Blessing or a Curse?

@ Rare Nest Gallery

3433 N Kedvale Ave, Chicago, IL 60641

Opening Sunday, March 8th, from 2PM - 4 PM

On view through Sunday, March 29th

Please join Rare Nest as we address a growing challenge. How can heirs and executors manage artist’s estates?

Imagine – learning you are responsible for the future of an artist’s entire archive. You’ve lost a beloved family member, friend or associate who was an artist. You unlock their studio and find a lifetime of work – alongside documents, materials, books and more. What you encounter may present enormous problems and few opportunities – with painful emotional implications. Where to start? Through a brief presentation by museum studies professor Dr. David Sokol, and a panel discussion with leading curators and the heirs to large artist’s collections, we’ll begin to develop tools and approaches to practical collection management and dispersal.

Panel Members

Keith Bringe, Director, Rare Nest Gallery

Dr. David Sokol, Professor Emeritus, Art History and former director Museum Studies, University of Illinois Chicago

Douglas Stapleton, Associate Curator of Art, Illinois State Museum

Lynne Warren, Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art

Jane Wenger, artist and collection administrator

Program Structure

David Sokol will reprise a greatly abbreviated paper he delivered for the Popular Culture Association a few years back – this is also the source for our title, “Inherited Collections: A Blessing or a Curse”, followed by a 45 minute panel and information sharing session including a Q & A.

2:00 – 2:30 Reception

2:30 – 3:00 Sokol Presentation

3:00 – 3:45 Panel / Q & A

This program is held in conjunction with the exhibition JOHN MILLER: RETROSPECTIVE (through March 29th).

This is a free event but space is limited and reservations are absolutely required: or 708-616-8671

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