Art Crit Night is a free to attend, public art critique event featuring two local artists who present their work during a curator-led discussion. Artists, arts professionals, collectors, and anyone curious about joining the conversation can look forward to a relaxed evening of engaging discussion and mingling with art friends.
THE FEBRUARY EVENT
314 S Kenosha Ave, Tulsa, OK 74120
Thursday, February 29th, 2024 | 5:00–8:00 pm
Two artists will showcase their work to attendees and our guest curator will lead a discussion of their work. We will tailor the discussion to the specific needs of the artist, whether that is feedback on a new body of work, an application, suggestions on where to exhibit, or just general career advice.
If you are not an artist, you can still attend! The audience members play a key role in giving the artists an opportunity to practice talking about their work and are invited to ask questions or offer constructive feedback during the event.
Kate Green, Ph.D., is Chief Curator & Nancy E. Meinig Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art at Philbrook Museum of Art, where she is supporting the team and efforts to diversify the collection of 16,000 objects, as well as developing exhibitions and programs across the museum and gardens, particularly with contemporary artists. Green has directed Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson and Marfa Contemporary, led curatorial affairs for El Paso Museum of Art and Oklahoma Contemporary, helmed curatorial and education efforts for Artpace, and worked in curatorial at MoMA PS1 and in education at Dia Art Foundation. She has developed projects with, and stewarded acquisitions of works by, among others, Andrea Bowers, William Cordova, Beatriz Cortez, Virginia Jaramillo, Autumn Knight, and Teresa Margolles, and developed border-related exhibitions and programming, including After Posada and the 5th Transborder Biennial. Kate Green holds an M.A., Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, and a Ph.D., Modern and Contemporary Art History, the University of Texas at Austin. She is co-curator of Celia Alvarez Munoz: Breaking the Binding, the first major museum retrospective for the artist, which originated at Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and is accompanied by a monograph (Radius Books). The exhibition will be presented at Philbrook Museum of Art summer 2024.
Nicole Moan is an interdisciplinary artist with 25+ years’ experience. Courses in art, mechanics, and engineering have allowed her to experiment with combining disciplines and have led her to her primary emphases in wearable ceramic corsets and innovative hand-sculpted tile. She also creates unique jewelry, ceramic sculpture, and other decorative wares. Moan’s elevated artistic style and haute couture fashion ensembles have solidified her place on the local and international art stage. Her corsets are designed with every body type in mind because Moan wants her clients to feel a part of the artistic process and experience, making them feel as if they are walking pieces of art themselves. The corsets with their unique hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind ensembles, have been worn for everything from high school proms to major red-carpet events. Through her three-dimensional hand sculpted tiles Moan is Changing people’s perception of what tile can do. Her tile work ranges from more traditional installations be it kitchen, bathroom, or pool interiors, to her tile murals that tell narrative stories, creating scenes and environments on a monumental scale.
Born in Beirut, Lebanon, Mazen Abufadil has traversed the globe but found a home in the United States, particularly in Oklahoma. In this state, life unfolds at a rhythm reminiscent of the Sycamore branches swaying in the breeze off the north slope of Mazen's roof. His artistic process mirrors this deliberate pace, finding harmony in the unhurried atmosphere of Tulsa. As a visual artist, Mazen feels fortunate to be surrounded by an environment that complements both his work and work ethic. The expansive Oklahoma sky serves as a constant source of inspiration. In Mazen's fresco work, there exists an intimate relationship between the trowel, plaster, pigment, aether, and earth. Despite the meticulous planning that goes into each piece, Mazen works intuitively, allowing the process to guide the work to completion. This approach emphasizes the beauty found in the imperfections or visual distress on the material's surface. Always paying homage to time, Mazen creates by weathering materials like old steel, copper, wood, or the face of an ancient stone sculpture. His medium of choice is "Photo-fresco," an alternative transfer process developed in the late 90s. Whether on slab or paper, each piece's surface features gauged lime plaster and pigment, a testament to Mazen Abufadil's unique and timeless artistic journey.
Our goal is to support and strengthen the work of every artist that participates, as well as to promote critical dialogue among the community members that attend. All participants must be open to the critique process. The process will include presenting your work, receiving feedback from the curator framed in a spirit of positivity and desire to help you progress in your practice, and receiving comments from the audience as these events will be open to the art community in an effort to increase critical dialogue. Participating artists receive a $100 honorarium.
Applications will open for the Summer Art Crit Night in late Spring