Panel Discussion: "Modernism and the West" | Mandelman-Ribak Exhibition

Friday, May 18, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Panel Discussion 6:30 pm

We are very excited to be hosting a panel discussion on Friday, May 18th at 6:30 p.m., "Modernism and the West," with Preeya Seth, Gallery Director of Rosenberg & Co., Geoff Wichert, Critic and Writer, and Nancy Stoaks, Curator and Writer. The discussion will include the history of Rosenberg & Co. and how they came to help manage the Mandelman-Ribak estate; Modernism and how Beatrice Mandelman & Louis Ribak were influential to the Taos Modern Art scene; the curation of the works for the exhibition and the artists continuing legacy.

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Preeya Seth

Preeya Seth holds degrees from the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of Oxford, and Sotheby's Institute. She was the Gallery Manager at Gagosian Gallery in London for four years and subsequently worked in sales and artist liaison at Pace Gallery in New York. She is the founding director of Rosenberg & Co., working with Marianne Rosenberg to open the gallery over three years ago.


Geoff Wichert

Geoff Wichert has written about art for forty-five years. His essays, profiles, and reviews have
been published in Salt Lake City, Portland, Seattle, Missouri, New York, Germany, Italy, Japan,
and Australia. Teaching Art History and Writing at Snow College brought him to Utah, where he
formed an invaluable working relationship with Shawn Rossiter. His collaboration with Brian
Kershisnik on a collection of the painter’s work is forthcoming from Unicorn Press in October.


Nancy Stoaks

Nancy Stoaks is Curator at the Kimball Art Center in Park City. Stoaks has her M.A. in Art History from the University of Washington, where she studied twentieth-century European and American art. Focusing in particular on Niki de Saint Phalle’s shooting paintings of the early 1960s, she has lectured on this topic at universities, conferences, and museums, including the Seattle Art Museum and the Tate Liverpool. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she has worked as a curatorial associate at the Frye Art Museum and as gallery director of James Harris Gallery and Howard House Contemporary Art in Seattle. Prior to her work at the Kimball Art Center, she was the director of the Swedish Medical Center art collection, an esteemed collection of Northwest art, and the associate director of CUAC in Salt Lake City.


Modern West Fine Art is proud to be partnering with Rosenberg & Co. Gallery in NYC and University New Mexico Foundation, who manage the Mandelman Ribak Collection, to host our first exhibition featuring works by Modernists artists. This important exhibition highlights works by Beatrice Mandelman & Louis Ribak emphasizing how they worked in cohesion, while establishing their own distinct voices. Their legacy and influence on each other and on other artists continues to impact the contemporary artists we feature at MWFA today.