Betty Tompkins and Kathy Battista in Conversation

Join us for cocktails and conversation with artist Betty Tompkins and curator Kathy Battista

Wednesday, June 22
6 – 8pm
Art+Culture Projects Pop Up (51 7th Ave, NY, NY)


We will be launching our new exhibition, curated by Kathy Battista, titled I’ll Be Your Mirror, featuring new limited edition prints by Betty TompkinsCheryl Donegan, Cindy Hinant, and Narcissister.

I’ll Be Your Mirror is borrowed from the title of Nan Goldin’s 1996 Whitney exhibition, which was inspired by the Velvet Underground song. The exhibition had an incredible impact: a woman artist occupying such a vast space of one of New York’s most important museums, and packing such a powerful, emotional punch by using personal, everyday experiences in art practice.

The artists in this exhibition are all based in New York and reach across generations. Cheryl Donegan, Martin Gutierrez, Cindy Hinant, Narcissister, Tschabalala Self, and Betty Tompkins each engage with feminism from different perspectives, acting as mirrors of those who came before as well as for the practitioners who will come after. Today’s emerging artists–Gutierrez, Hinant, Narcissister–engage with forms of popular media to question the representation of female experience in our society. Tompkins and Donegan adopt an abstracted, more textual approach to consider similar issues. The works speak across and to each other from different generational perspectives.


author-4Kathy Battista is scholar, lecturer, and a curator of exhibitions in museums and galleries, most recently, Democracy: What’s Right What’s Left, Phoenix Gallery, New York, and E.A.T.: Experiments in Art and Technology at the Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria. She has authored numerous articles and books, including: New York New Wave: The Legacy of Feminist Art in Emerging Practice and Renegotiating the Body: Feminist Art in 1970s London. Battista is also Editor in Chief of the Benezit Dictionary of Artists at Oxford University Press. She holds a PhD from the University of London and an MA from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. She is currently the Sotheby’s Institute of Art Program Director, MA Contemporary Art and Faculty, Summer Study, New York.