UCL Connect New York: Power to...the art of protest
From Picasso to Banksy to Pussy Riot, for centuries artists have used their work to enforce messages of protest against contemporary social issues, including war, gender or racial inequality, LGBT+ rights and more. But how important is art as a form of protest? How effective is it as a conduit of change?
In this exclusive panel discussion we will be joined by four UCL alumni, who will be looking to debate these and other questions using their own professional and personal experiences.
Whether you are an art buff or just keen to join an informed debate on key contemporary issues, come along to this exciting evening of idea sharing.
6.00pm - 6.30pm: Arrival and drinks
6.30pm - 7.15pm: Panel discussion, followed by Q&As
7.15pm - 8.30pm: Networking with refreshments
Marianna Ellenberg is an artist working with performance and the moving image currently based in Brooklyn, New York. Ellenberg’s work centers around a re-imaging of female subjectivity and desire within collaged texts, performance and experimental narratives. Look out for her at
Morgan Falconer | Art critic and historian | UCL History of Art PhD 2001
Stéphanie Jeanjean | Adjunct Faculty | Sotheby’s Institute of Art - Chair
Stéphanie Jeanjean is an art historian and curator. She received her MA from Bourgogne University and her PhD from the Graduate Center of The City University of New York. She co-founded Hors d’œuvre: le journal de l’art contemporain and worked at the contemporary art center Le Consortium and for the publisher Les presses du réel. Her recent research contributes to the history and the institutionalization of video art and the projected image, informing about feminist militant video and sociological art, and more recent relational and new media contemporary art. As expert in modern and contemporary European art, she is also a regular lecturer and speaker. In addition to Sotheby’s Institute, Stéphanie currently teaches at The CUNY Graduate Center and The Cooper Union in New York.
Cassie Packard (UCL History of Art MA 2014)
Cassie Packard is currently a researcher at leading international gallery Hauser & Wirth, a role which involves conducting in-depth research on artworks and artists, writing academic texts, and researching and documenting provenance, exhibitions, and literature histories.
Geoffrey Stein is a recovering lawyer, who has been painting full-time since 2000. He received an MFA from the Slade School of Fine Art, London in 2007. Stein lives and paints in New York City. He is represented by the Lionheart Gallery in Pound Ridge, NY and the Minster Gallery in the UK.