Director of ARTonAIR.org and the Clocktower Gallery, is a leader of the early 1970’s alternative spaces movement in New York City, beginning with Under the Brooklyn Bridge, a 1971 outdoor exhibition she organized with Gordon Matta-Clark, and featuring installations by pioneering American and European artists. She founded the legendary Clocktower Gallery in 1972, founded P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in 1976, and was its Director until 2008. Heiss has organized over 700 exhibitions at P.S.1 and in art spaces around the world, including the inaugural P.S.1 exhibition Rooms (1976); New York, New Wave (1981); Stalin’s Choice: Soviet Socialist Realism, 1932-1956 (1993); Greater New York (2000 and 2005, selecting curator), and Arctic Hysteria (2008); as well as solo shows including Robert Grosvenor (1976); Keith Sonnier (1983); Alex Katz: Under the Stars, American Landscapes 1951-1995 (1998); John Wesley: Paintings 1961-2000 (2000), and Gino De Dominicis (2008), among numerous others. In 2003 founded Art Radio WPS1.org, the Internet radio station of P.S.1 and first ever all-art museum station. Among her numerous publications are catalogues of the work of Janet Cardiff, Alex Katz, Dennis Oppenheim, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Katharina Sieverding, and John Wesley.
Heiss was Commissioner of the 1985 Paris Biennial, and Commissioner of the 1986 American Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. She is the recipient of the Mayor’s Award for Contributions to the Artistic Viability of New York City, France’s Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres in the Légion d’Honneur, the Royal Swedish Order of the Polar Star, the Skowhegan Award for outstanding work in the arts, and the CCS Bard Award for Curatorial Excellence.
Born in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1943, Ms. Heiss received a BA from Lawrence University and a scholarship from the Lawrence Conservatory of Music. In 2001, Ms. Heiss received an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute, and in 2008, she received an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin.
Kevin McCoy is a professor in the Department of Art and Art Professions at NYU and a practicing artist working and exhibiting internationally with his partner Jennifer McCoy.
Jennifer and Kevin McCoy are Brooklyn-based artists who make projects about how our thoughts, experiences and memories are structured through genre and repetition. In order to focus attention on these structures, they often reexamine classic works of science fiction or television narrative, creating sculptural objects, video projections, or live events from what they find.
Their work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art (New York), The Metropolitan Museum (New York), MUDAM (Luxemburg), the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Nevada Museum of Art, the Speed Museum (Louisville), the Henry Art Museum (Seattle), La Maison Rouge (Paris) and the collections of many private foundations and individuals in the US and Europe. In addition to the above institutions, their work has been exhibited at P.S.1, Postmasters Gallery, The New Museum, the Ronald Feldman Gallery and the James Cohen Gallery (all in New York), The Museum of Contemporary Art (Miami), The Renaissance Society (Chicago), the Palm Beach ICA (Palm Beach, Florida). International exhibitions include “Future Cinema” at ZKM (Karlsruhe, Germany),”Animations” at Kunst Werke (Berlin), “Villette Numerique” (Paris), PKM Gallery (Beijing) and solo exhibitions at FACT (Liverpool), Sala Rekalde (Bilbao), Gallerie Guy Bartschi (Geneva) and the British Film Institute (London).
In 2005 they received a Rave Award and were named Artists of the Year by Wired Magazine. In 2002 they received a Creative Capital Grant for Emerging Fields and in 2001 they received an award for New Media from the Colbert Foundation. Articles about their work have appeared in Art News, Art In America, Artforum, Flash Art, Frieze, The Wire, dArt International, Spin Magazine, Feed, and The Independent, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Liberation (Paris), and el Pais (Madrid). Their work is represented by Postmasters Gallery in New York and Gallerie Guy Bartschi in Geneva, Switzerland.
David Ross is the chair of the MFA program in Art Practice at the School of Visual Arts, as well as a writer and curator. He was the director of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art. He was associate director and chief curator of the University Art Museum at Berkeley, deputy director and curator of video art at the Long Beach Museum of Art, and curator of video art at Everson Museum of Art.
He has co-curated exhibitions including “Tomorrow” at the Kumho Museum and Artsonje Center, in Seoul and Long March Space in Beijing; “Peter Campus: A Survey” at Antico Collegio de San Ildefonso, Mexico City; “Lorna Simpson: 31” at the Claustro Sor Juana, Mexico City; “Quotidiana” at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Castello di Rivoli, Italy; “KoreAmericaKorea” at the Sonje Museum, Seoul; “Bill Viola: a 25 Year Survey” at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Museum fr Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Art Institute of Chicago.
Katya Yakubov is a filmmaker living in New York City. She graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2009, and became involved with the Video Art & Experimental Film Festival in 2012. Her short films have been a part of Another Experiment by Women Film Festival at Anthology Film Archives, as well as the Lower East Biography Project video library. She currently serves as Chief Editor at the VAEFF as well as assistant curator.
Mark Alpert (moderator)
Mark Alpert is the author of the international bestselling novel Final Theory and its sequel, The Omega Theory. A longtime journalist who has worked for newspapers, magazines and television, he focuses his writing on the connections between science and art. He is a graduate of Princeton and Columbia and currently a contributing editor at Scientific American. His books have been published in more than twenty languages.