Standard Talks: The Making of "Cowboy"

Standard Talks: The Making of "Cowboy"

Feb. 10, 4 - 5:30 p.m.

This panel discussion at The Standard, East Village will highlight the work of Critic, Curator + Gagosian Director Antwaun Sargent and Gallerist Hannah Traore. Sargent will share the process and inspiration behind, a pop-up exhibition at Hannah Traore Gallery in which the Helmut Lang A/W 2023 Collection is reimagined through the lens of contemporary art, launching in tandem with New York Fashion Week.

This exhibition will feature work by American Artist, Awol Erizku, Daniel Obasi, Devin B. Johnson, Justen Leroy, Turiya Adkins and Quay Quinn Wolf, highlighting themes such as: expanding consciousness around westward expansion and the Great Migration, imagining spiritual forces and narrative expression surrounding the cowboy, exploring how Black cowboys challenge the traditional stereotype and deconstructing tropes of masculinity and community leadership. 

Hannah Gottlieb-Graham, Founder, ALMA Communications
Hannah Gottlieb-Graham is a communications specialist with a photography and dance background. She’s the Founder and Director of ALMA Communications, a boutique, Latin and woman-owned Brooklyn-based PR agency operating at the intersection of contemporary art and social change. The team at ALMA approaches communications with an emphasis on collaboration and humanism. Hannah grew up in Chicago but frequently traveled to Europe, Latin America and West Africa alongside her writer and researcher parents. She has a specific interest in identity, movement and multiculturalism. Prior to founding ALMA, Hannah held communications positions at The Aperture Foundation, Howard Greenberg Gallery, Luhring Augustine Gallery, Sutton, Nadine Johnson and Third Eye. She’s worked closely with renowned international artists, facilitated partnerships and events with leading brands and cultural institutions and made press placements in high-level national and international publications. She studied photography, contemporary art and dance at The University of Oxford and Sarah Lawrence College as a Dean’s Merit Scholar at both institutions.

Antwaun Sargent, Curator, Gagosian
Antwaun Sargent is a writer, curator, and a director at Gagosian. His recent books are The New Black Vanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion (2019) and Young, Gifted and Black: A New Generation of Artists (2020). His recent exhibitions include the group show series Social Works and solo presentations of artists Rick Lowe, Tyler Mitchell, Awol Erizku, Amanda Williams, Virgil Abloh, and Alexandria Smith.

Hannah Traore, Founder, Hannah Traore Gallery
Born and raised in Toronto, Hannah Traore developed an affinity for art and an appreciation for diverse perspectives from a young age. Her mother, an art collector and fiber artist, infused art into every part of her life while her father, a Malian immigrant, immersed her in his culture, which introduced her to issues of representation in the art world and beyond. After obtaining a BA in Art History from Skidmore College, Traore became the Painting and Sculpture Curatorial Intern at the Museum of Modern Art and later served as Project Manager to Isolde Brielmaier – Deputy Director of the New Museum, NYU Professor and Independent Curator. Through an exploration of her eclectic heritage - Canadian, West African, Jewish and Muslim - she has gained an appreciation for what makes every person unique. Hannah Traore Gallery aims to celebrate the things that make each of us extraordinary. Hannah was celebrated for her work with Hannah Traore Gallery by being included on the 2023 Forbes 30 under 30 list in Arts and Culture.

Turiya Adkins, Artist 
Turiya Adkins is a Brooklyn-based painter and printmaker who received her BA in Fine Arts from Dartmouth College. Adkins’ research-based practice centers around the migratory patterns of African Americans. Her use of texture, figurative imagery and abstraction offer themselves to rival the cannon of more traditional oil painting methods. Adkins’ work was shown at UNTITLED Art Fair during Art Basel Miami Beach in 2022 with Zidoun Bossuyt gallery and was recently shown in London in a show curated by Faridah Folawiyo.

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More on Standard Talks: Let’s talk about it. Standard Talks is our reoccurring cultural forum where we invite the world’s leading thinkers, doers and creators to talk it out at The Standard. They bring their biggest ideas and best takes to intimate panel discussions. Talks cover topics ranging from art and fashion to science, politics, and entrepreneurship. Over cocktails (or coffee), guests sit back and absorb, ask questions, and make new connections. The Standard Talks program launched in 2012 and has featured the likes of Benedict Cumberbatch, Lady Fag, Abi Morgan, Keira Knightley, Abi Morgan and more. 

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