VoCA Salons offer unique opportunities for our Inner Circle members to engage with artists and arts professionals to learn about their work and delve into the local art scene. Throughout the year, we host Salons in partnership with colleagues across the US, each one crafted to give participants a unique view of contemporary art in the community.


VoCA SALON: Journal Launch
December 9, 2022

Members of the VoCA network gathered at the Joan Mitchell Foundation in NYC to celebrate the launch of VoCA Journal, Issue 11, which reflects on 10 years of VoCA’s signature program, the Artist Interview Workshops.

June 4, 2021

A private tour of Blane de St. Croix’s exhibition, How to Move a Landscape, at MASS MoCA, led by the artist. How to Move a Landscape will feature drawings and sculpture exploring geopolitical landscape and environmental issues alongside newly commissioned large-scale installations that incorporate scientific findings about the Earth’s dissolving permafrost layer. VoCA first collaborated with Blane on a CALL/VoCA Talk, held at Cabinet Magazine in Brooklyn in 2016.

VoCA SALON: Tory Fair
February 11, 2021

A virtual tour of artist and VoCA Program Committee member Tory Fair’s exhibition, Tory Fair: Portable Window, hosted by Fair and Julie Poitras Santos, Director of Exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA. VoCA first met and worked with Fair for her 2019 VoCA Talk with curator Jen Mergel, held at Boston Center for the Arts.

March 11, 2020

VoCA Board Member Kate Lewis gave Inner Circle members a tour of the conservation labs including the new Time-based Media lab at the Museum of Modern Art, followed by a visit to the galleries. MoMA Conservators Peter Oleksik and Megan Randall joined the group to share case studies of artworks they have preserved leading up to the current installations in the galleries.

VoCA SALON: Los Angeles
January 26, 2020

Private studio visit hosted by artist Matthew Brandt. VoCA first connected with Brandt when his work was featured in the Winter 2016 issue of VoCA Journal, in an article titled “Balancing Preservation Strategy and Artist Intent,” written by Katherine Sanderson.

VoCA SALON: Greater DC Area
October 24, 2019

A visit to Glenstone led by Director of Conservation and VoCA Program Committee member Steven O’Banion was followed by a sewing circle at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, hosted by artist and VoCA Board Member Marie Watt.

VoCA SALON: Fotene and Tom Coté
June 18, 2019

An evening soiree and private tour of collection at the home of Fotene and Tom Coté in Boston, MA.

VoCA SALON: Basquiat at the Brant Foundation
May 6, 2019

Members of the VoCA network convened at the Brant Foundation’s New York space in the East Village for a private tour of the inaugural solo exhibition of Jean-Michel Basquiat.

VoCA Journal Panel Discussion: Women in Media Arts
May 2, 2019

To celebrate the Spring 2019 issue of VoCA Journal, which focuses on the topic of women in media arts, VoCA’s Executive Director Lauren Shadford moderated a discussion with contributors Barbara London, Kate Lewis, Kathleen Landy, and Robin Clark at Pen + Brush in NYC. This program was hosted in partnership with The Feminist Institute and Pen + Brush.

VoCA SALON: Institute of Fine Arts NYU
March 29, 2019

Members of the VoCA network convened at the Institute of Fine Arts NYU to celebrate the launch of the Spring 2019 Issue of VoCA Journal. This issue is the third in our on-going series on media art, the first to focus specifically on women practitioners in the field.

VoCA SALON: Warhol at the Whitney
February 22, 2019

VoCA Program Committee Member and Senior Curatorial Assistant at the Whitney Museum, Christie Mitchell, gave VoCA colleagues a private tour of Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again.

VoCA SALON: Leonardo Drew’s Studio
May 4, 2018

During Frieze Week 2018, a small circle of VoCA colleagues and supporters are invited to visit artist Leonardo Drew‘s studio in Cypress Hills, Brooklyn. Drew was featured in a VoCA Talk held at the Denver Art Museum in 2016.


VoCA SALON: Shigeko Kubota Video Art Foundation
April 19, 2018

Members of the VoCA network convened at the Shigeko Kubota Video Art Foundation in SoHo to celebrate the launch of the Spring 2018 Issue of VoCA Journal, the second in our on-going series on media art.

November 15, 2017

Members of the VoCA network convened at the ICA Boston for a private tour of Mark Dion: Misadventures of a 21st-Century Naturalist and to toast the launch of the Fall 2017 Issue of VoCA Journal.

VoCA SALON: MoMA Archive and Library, NYC
July 11, 2017

VoCA leadership, staff, and colleagues gathered for a cocktail reception at the MoMA Archive and Library to celebrate the launch of the Summer 2017 Issue of VoCA Journal, the first in an occasional series on media art. 

VoCA SALON: Judd Foundation, NYC
April 4, 2017

Members of the VoCA network convened at the Judd Foundation in SoHo for private tours of the facility and to toast the launch of the Spring 2017 Issue of VoCA Journal.

VoCA SALON: Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation, NYC
December 15, 2016

Joan Mitchell Foundation CALL artist Otto Neals came together with VoCA supporters, JMF colleagues as well as artists and friends to announce the publication of CALL/ VoCA Talk: Otto Neals online. The Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation hosted the evening in their incredible space downtown.

VoCA SALON: Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, NYC
November 14, 2016

On the occasion of launching VoCA Journal’s Fall 2016 Issue, we gathered at the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation for a tour of their new facility and a reception honoring the contributors, including colleagues from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, Dedalus Foundation, Noah Purifoy Foundation, Jay DeFeo Foundation and, our hosts, the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation. 

VoCA SALON: Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club, Brooklyn
September 29, 2016

After our first CALL/VoCA Talk of the season with artist Blane de St. Croix in conversation with VoCA Board Member Robin Clark, our supporters gathered for a cocktail reception and shuffleboard at the Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club in Gowanus, Brooklyn.

VoCA SALON: Denver, CO
June 18, 2016

VoCA donors and colleagues spent an afternoon exploring the arts community in Denver in honor of the VoCA Artist Interview Workshop at the Denver Art Museum. This included a private tour of the Clyfford Still Museum with Director Dean Sobel, a private visit to TANK Studios to meet with artists-in-residence there, followed by a reception at the home of VoCA Donors Jody and Jeff Johnson with a conversation between VoCA Board Member Chad Alligood and Colorado-based sculptor Kim Dickey.

VoCA SALON: Larry Bell’s studio, Los Angeles
May 24, 2016

An evening celebrating the Spring 2016 Issue of VoCA Journal. VoCA Board Member Robin Clark lead a conversation at artist Larry Bell’s studio followed by a rooftop cocktail reception at a private home in Venice.

VoCA SALON: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
April 13, 2016

Supporters of VoCA and the contemporary arts gathered for an evening to celebrate the VoCA Artist Interview Workshop at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. MFA Boston Curator Liz Munsell sat down for a conversation with artist Sean Townley followed by a private reception at Bravo.

VoCA SALON: Stux Haller Gallery, NYC
February 17, 2016

Members of the VoCA network convened for an evening honoring the Winter 2016 Issue of VoCA JournalJournal Contributor James McElhinney interviewed Ronnie Landfield at Stux Haller Gallery, on the occasion of Landfield’s Retrospective.