Art-The Moving Thread

I have always been fascinated by the idea of an artist’s salon, a coming together of minds and personalities, such as the famous gatherings orchestrated by Gertrude Stein. I’ve hungered for a space in which accomplished artists could create a conversation that would both enrich and challenge. Could there ever be such a thing in today’s frenetic world? I think so. In my imagination—yes.

Art - The Moving Thread is my attempt to explore how such a salon might actually exist in the 21st century. I invited the first woman onto the Thread and then it was up to each subsequent artist to suggest another nationally recognized artist—I asked that these invitations be personal in nature, so that the artists would be connected by more than artistic admiration. The Thread grows this way, from artist to artist, gradually forming a constellation of influence and inquiry: a virtual salon, perhaps.

In one way, I became Gertrude Stein: I’m the only one who had the privilege to spend time with each of these extraordinary women. (The Thread wasn’t initially intended to be gender-specific, but as it turns out these particular artists kept recommending other women; a perhaps unsurprising turn of events, given the integral role of women in fostering salons throughout history.) They all gave of their time so graciously, and now I’m hoping for a little more: my final goal for this project is to get all these fascinating people into one room for an evening where they can celebrate and relish each other’s presence. It will then be a true salon.

  • Melissa Toogood   Dancer

    Melissa Toogood Dancer

  • Pam MacKinnon   Broadway Director   Broadway Booth Theater

    Pam MacKinnon Broadway Director Broadway Booth Theater

  • Paola Antonelli   Senior Curator Department of Architecture and Design   Museum of Modern Art

    Paola Antonelli Senior Curator Department of Architecture and Design Museum of Modern Art

  • Maria Striar   Founder and Producing Artistic Director  Clubbed Thumb

    Maria Striar Founder and Producing Artistic Director Clubbed Thumb

  • Wendy Klemperer   Sculptor

    Wendy Klemperer Sculptor

  • Marina Zurkow   Artist

    Marina Zurkow Artist

  • Deborah Eisenberg   Short-Story Writer,  Actor, Recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and a PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

    Deborah Eisenberg Short-Story Writer, Actor, Recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and a PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

  • Lisa Cortes   Executive Producer  'Precious'

    Lisa Cortes Executive Producer 'Precious'

  • Valeria Solomonoff   Tango Choreographer and Performer

    Valeria Solomonoff Tango Choreographer and Performer

  • Mia Yoo

    Mia Yoo

  • Erin Courtney   Playwright

    Erin Courtney Playwright

  • Elena Glasberg

    Elena Glasberg

  • Lynn Nottage   Pulitzer Prize Winner Playwright  'Ruined'

    Lynn Nottage Pulitzer Prize Winner Playwright 'Ruined'

  • Elizabeth Swados   Composer, Writer, Director

    Elizabeth Swados Composer, Writer, Director

  • Holly Morris

    Holly Morris

  • Maria Popova   Writer, Brain Pickings

    Maria Popova Writer, Brain Pickings

  • Galia Solomonoff   Architect

    Galia Solomonoff Architect

  • Elizabeth Austen   Poet

    Elizabeth Austen Poet

  • Ariana Lallone  Dancer

    Ariana Lallone Dancer

  • Scott Carsberg   Chef

    Scott Carsberg Chef

  • Olivier Weverl    Dancer  Founder Whim W'Him Dance Company

    Olivier Weverl Dancer Founder Whim W'Him Dance Company

  • Bo Bartlett   Painter

    Bo Bartlett Painter

  • Adam Rapa   Musician with Hannah, dancer

    Adam Rapa Musician with Hannah, dancer

  • Nassim Assefi

    Nassim Assefi

  • Melissa Toogood   Dancer
  • Pam MacKinnon   Broadway Director   Broadway Booth Theater
  • Paola Antonelli   Senior Curator Department of Architecture and Design   Museum of Modern Art
  • Maria Striar   Founder and Producing Artistic Director  Clubbed Thumb
  • Wendy Klemperer   Sculptor
  • Marina Zurkow   Artist
  • Deborah Eisenberg   Short-Story Writer,  Actor, Recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and a PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction
  • Lisa Cortes   Executive Producer  'Precious'
  • Valeria Solomonoff   Tango Choreographer and Performer
  • Mia Yoo
  • Erin Courtney   Playwright
  • Elena Glasberg
  • Lynn Nottage   Pulitzer Prize Winner Playwright  'Ruined'
  • Elizabeth Swados   Composer, Writer, Director
  • Holly Morris
  • Maria Popova   Writer, Brain Pickings
  • Galia Solomonoff   Architect
  • Elizabeth Austen   Poet
  • Ariana Lallone  Dancer
  • Scott Carsberg   Chef
  • Olivier Weverl    Dancer  Founder Whim W'Him Dance Company
  • Bo Bartlett   Painter
  • Adam Rapa   Musician with Hannah, dancer
  • Nassim Assefi