DIRTY GIRL: THE LOVELY MOLLIE WHITE IS CHANGING THE SCOPE OF THINGS

BEHIND SCOPE ART SHOW IS 25-YEAR-OLD FAIR DIRECTOR MOLLIE WHITE, WHO FOR THE PAST THREE YEARS HAS BEEN HELPING THE FAIR TRAVEL THE GLOBE, PUTTING ON SUCCESSFUL EXHIBITIONS IN BASEL, NEW YORK, AND MIAMI. AND WITH AN 80,000-SQUARE-FOOT PAVILION IN THE WORKS, PLANNING THE UPCOMING MIAMI EDITION SEEMS ALMOST SEEMS HERCULEAN. WHITE HAS TO WORRY ABOUT ALL THE LOGISTICS INCLUDING THE INSURING THAT ART BEING DISPLAYED WILL BE DELIVERED ON TIME AND UNDAMAGED AND MAKING SURE GALLERISTS AND ARTISTS NEEDS ARE MET.

CONSIDERING THE ENORMOUS RESPONSIBILITY, WE WERE CURIOUS TO KNOW HOW AN INTERN GOT TO BE IN CHARGE OF ONE OF THE WORLD’S PREMIERE CONTEMPORARY ART FAIRS.

TEXT Jose Duran
PHOTOGRAPHY David Kimelman

 

 

DIRTY: WHERE ARE YOU FROM?

MW: Los Angeles- I grew up in Silver Lake

 

D: WERE YOU AN ART MAJOR?

MW: I majored in Art History, and Arts and Administration.

 

D: WHO’S YOUR FAVORITE ARTIST?

MW: Roster of faves include: Marlene Dumas, David Hockney, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, and  Marina Abramovic.

 

D: HOW DID YOU END UP IN NYC?  WHY NYC?

MW: My sophomore year of college, I visited New York for a specialized seminar offered through the University of Oregon Art Department, which had organized a week-long tour, where we visited Museums, galleries, artists studios, film screenings, etc. Needless to say, it was during this visit that I decided I would move to New York in order have access to it all.

 

D: WHERE DO YOU CURRENTLY LIVE?

MW: Brooklyn.

 

D: HOW DID YOU BECOME AN INTERN FOR SCOPE?

MW: Found the posting on NYFA- and after interviewing started interning shortly thereafter. At that time, I was also interning for a gallery, and the International Center for Photography as well.

 

 

 

D: WITH THERE BEING DOZENS OF SATELLITE FAIRS IN NEW YORK IN THE MONTHS AHEAD, HOW IS SCOPE DIFFERENT?  WHAT SEPARATES THE FAIR FROM THE REST?

MW: I feel that SCOPE is intended to be seen, felt and understood as an experience. Clearly there is an underlying commercial nature to all art fairs; however, the experience you will have at SCOPE, is intended as a unique introduction, whether it be your first time, or 30th time visitng a SCOPE show. From the selected exhibitors, to the special projects, programming, and curated events,  SCOPE is a 6 day long ephemeral, and certainly unique overview of art happening now, quite literally, and it has been curated to be felt and experienced as such.

 

D: CONSIDERING SCOPE NEW YORK IS COMING UP A FEW DAYS, WHAT DO YOU LOOK MOST FORWARD TO?

MW: Watching all plans materialize. Beginning with the production of the venue, and build out of the floor plan- to the arrival of the exhibiting galleries. It is a very rewarding process to spend five days celebrating the work of three and a half months.

 

D: THIS DECEMBER, SCOPE UNVEILED A NEW,  MORE MODERN AND CONFIDENT IDENTITY.  AFTER 11 YEARS, IS THE NEW IDENTITY A RESULT OF AN EMERGING ART FAIR COMING OF AGE?

MW: I believe that the new identity is an example of strengthened roots, and solid partnerships. It is a projected understanding of our 11 years of maturity and new sense of dynamic change that is the source of our exciting undercurrent.

 

D: ARE YOU A TRUE RED HEAD?

MW: Indeed, I am.

 

D: WHAT’S NEXT FOR MOLLIE WHITE?

MW: I am currently working on a book, which I hope will be published within the year. And I have a project that has been in the works for a the last year in a half, which is scheduled to debut in September of 2013.. stay tuned.

 

 

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