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Fine Arts + Education
Art and Activism: Working Along the Lines of  Activism and Artistic Expression,
a 3-part series

Friday, November 15
6:00 PM

This three-part series, in collaboration with the New York State Bar Association EASL Section’s Diversity Committee, will explore the world of activist art from artistic, legal, and social perspectives. Our second discussion, The Institutional World of Activist Art will examine activist art through a conversation with curators, museum directors and attorneys. The conversation will address the benefits, challenges, and legal issues involved in presenting often controversial art.

Aliza Shvarts, Sotheby’s Institute of Art (Moderator)
Aliza Shvarts is an artist and writer working at the cutting edge of art practice and critical debate. She has exhibited in major institutions across Europe and the United States while also rising to prominence as a thinker. Shvarts was just appointed as a faculty member of the MA Contemporary Art program at Sotheby’s Institute, which seeks to examine how art circulates through institutions and markets, but it also seeks to situate discussions within wider social, cultural and political debates.

Grace Aneiza Ali, NYU Tisch School of the Arts
Grace Aneiza Ali is a curator and editor. She is the founder and editorial director of OF NOTE Magazine — an award-winning nonprofit arts journalism initiative reporting on the intersection of art and politics and global arts activism. Ali’s curatorial research practice and exhibitions center on socially engaged art practices as well as contemporary art of the Caribbean and its diaspora.

Sara Raza, Global Art Curator & Writer
Sara Raza is an award-winning curator and writer based in New York City where she maintains the curatorial studio practice Punk Orientalism. She is a specialist in global curatorial knowledge, with an academic focus and professional interest in the performance-based practice and architectural art history pertaining to the fluid territories of Central Asia, Caucuses and the Middle East and North Africa. Most recently she was the Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, the Middle East, and North Africa based at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, where she led the third and final phase of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative and curated the exhibition But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise: Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africa, which debuted in New York (April-October 2016) and traveled to the Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Milan (April-June 2018).

Leila A. Amineddoleh, Amineddoleh & Associates LLC
Leila A. Amineddoleh is a recognized expert in art, cultural heritage, and intellectual property law, and teaches International Art & Cultural Heritage Law at Fordham University School of Law, in addition to Art Crime and the Law at New York University.

Image by Dáreece J Walker “We stand together in Brooklyn”

This event is free and open to the public, however an RSVP is required at

PLEASE NOTE that members of The National Arts Club are not required to RSVP. A block of seats has been set aside for our members, however seating is first-come, first-served and entry to the event can not be guaranteed. Please arrive 20-30 minutes before the event start time. 


Art and Activism
Friday, November 15, 2019 6:00 PM