Pricing the Priceless in the Contemporary Art World: Screening of The Price of Everything & Panel Discussion

Heimbold Visual Arts Center Donnelley Film Theatre

Open to the public

/ Thursday


Emmy-nominated for Best Arts & Culture Documentary, The Price of Everything examines the role of art and artistic passion in today’s money-driven, consumer-based society—where everything can be bought and sold. Featuring collectors, dealers, auctioneers, and a rich range of artists, the film exposes deep contradictions as it holds a mirror up to contemporary values and times, coaxing out the dynamics at play in pricing the priceless. The film was co-produced by Carla Solomon, whose late mother Barbara Probst Solomon taught writing at Sarah Lawrence.

Following the screening, engage with a panel of art world insiders with Sarah Lawrence connections as they share their perspectives and experiences.

Registration is required for this event; please register online by 12 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 20.


Laura Donnelley ’69, co-founder and board member, Art Matters
Through her work as co-founder of Art Matters and founder of the Good Works Foundation, Laura tirelessly promotes the efforts of individual artists and collective teams whose work demonstrates innovative approaches to education and cultural enrichment. Laura helped develop the Aspen Art Museum, is a longtime board member of The Institute of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, formerly the Santa Monica Museum of Art; and the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation (GDDF), which supports small vibrant arts organizations and collections of regional importance. GDDF is also a funder of conservation and climate resiliency in the regions of Chicago and the Lowcountry of South Carolina.

Qiana Mestrich ’99, artist and writer
Qiana's photo-based work references Black mixed-race experiences and motherhood from her perspective as a first-generation American. Her conceptual and documentary photography has been exhibited worldwide including the London Art Fair’s Photo50 in 2018, the BRIC Biennial Volume III in 2019 and is held in the Peggy Cooper Cafritz collection of contemporary art. She is the founder of Dodge & Burn: Decolonizing Photography History, an arts initiative that aims to diversify the medium’s history by advocating for photographers of color. Qiana is a graduate of the ICP-Bard College MFA in Advanced Photographic Practice and an adjunct faculty in photography and social media at the Fashion Institute of Technology (SUNY).

Michael Phillips Moskowitz ’00, CEO, Moodrise—A Division of AeBeZe Labs
Michael was the first-ever Entrepreneurship Fellow at The Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Policy, located at the Harvard Kennedy School. He helped create ArtAdvisor, a mobile app and future price projection tool for buyers of contemporary art, which was acquired by Artsy. Michael previously served as Global Chief Curator at eBay, where he helped drive thinking and positioning behind the eBay-Sotheby’s partnership and recruited artists to participate in the marketing of the eBay Fine Art program. He’s currently the founder of a behavioral health suite called Moodrise, which uses content as a digital therapeutic to improve mood.

Winnie Rose Scheuer ’06, executive administrator and liaison for external relations, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
In addition to her roles in the Exhibitions department and the Director's Office at The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Winnie serves on the Board of Directors at Artforum Magazine. She previously held roles at Christie's and Phillips auction houses in New York.


Tracey Riese ’79, founder and president, T.G. Riese &
Tracey helped launch Sotheby's Corporate Art Advisory business in 1980. Since then she has built her professional practice as an advisor to the management and boards of public and private companies, cultural and educational insitutions, and not-for-profits on issues of strategy and branding. Her personal commitments are to art and artists and the institutions that serve them. She serves on the board of the Brooklyn Museum, the acquisition committee of the Studio Museum in Harlem, and the Exhibitions and Programs Committee of El Museo del Barrio. She is a member of Artadia, which provides support for emerging artists around the country, and serves as an advisor to NXTHVN, the New Haven-based artist residency and community development program founded by the artist Titus Kaphar. Through her consulting business, Tracey has worked on strategy with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Creative Time, Arts for Learning, and Chashama, an organization dedicated to providing affordable workspace for artists in New York City. Tracey also invests in early stage companies and has a number of art-tech companies in her portfolio. Tracey and her husband have been collecting the work of emerging artists around the world for 40 years. They never buy at auction.

This event is the first in the Office of Alumni Relations' new Connect & Create series.