Upcoming Williams events at the Club

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Infrastructure Redefined: Retail

6th in a series on the future of our nation’s infrastructure
Monday, June 10
6:30pm reception, 7:00pm program
Free for members, $15 for guests

We are what we consume, and there are few things as closely studied as consumer behavior. Our buying habits are largely informed by what we value, and those values have historically found expression in the built spaces where we buy. From Main Street to mega-malls, much of our social lives and interactions has been tied to retail spaces, and as our world changes, so do those spaces.

In the 6th installment of our ongoing panel series, “Infrastructure Redefined”, we will explore the disruptions occurring in the real estate of retail spaces. From the growing impact of e-commerce, to the sometimes primordial nature of our shopping experience, to the re-imagining of what a retail experience can be, we will examine the changes occurring in retail structures, and how these changes might impact how goods and services are bought and sold. What effects are there likely to be on American society as a consequence?


Adam Ifshin ’87 is Founder and CEO of DLC Management Corp., one of the nation’s premier owners and operators of retail real estate, and one of the most active acquirers of assets with value added potential. Adam oversees DLC’s acquisitions and dispositions, capital markets activities, redevelopments, joint ventures, and corporate strategy, and has been involved in over $4.5 billion of real estate transactions.  He is a member of the Executive Board of Trustees of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), and Chair of the ICSC Government Relations Advisory Committee. Adam received a BA cum laude from Williams College, with honors degrees in economics and history, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Stephen Taylor is Director of Volunteer Services at the International Council of Shopping Centers, one of the world’s foremost trade organizations in retail. In his capacity he engages members across the U.S. to foster community and capture local interest and concerns. Formerly Manager of State and Local Government Relations for the Central Division and an advance representative for the Office of the Governor of Illinois, Stephen is adept at government affairs at both state and national levels. He holds a masters in public administration and bachelor in political science from Western Illinois University.

Thomai Serdari, Ph.D. is a strategist in luxury marketing and branding. She is an expert on luxury and actively studies, values, and reports on companies or funds that operate and invest within the luxury goods market.  Prof. Serdari has been teaching at NYU since 2004, where she has developed a variety of courses, including the core courses for the Luxury Marketing specialization at the Leonard N. Stern School of Business.  Originally trained as an architect at the National Technical University of Athens, Prof. Serdari received her doctorate in Art History & Archaeology from the NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts in 2005. She also holds an MBA from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business, with a specialization in corporate and quantitative finance.

Organized by Charles Plaisimond, Williams ’07, Consultant at TLGG, Associate at Vicus Partners

Basquiat’s “Defaacement”: The Untold Story

Tuesday, July 9
6:30 reception, 7:00 program

$10 for members, $20 for guests

Before going to see the compelling Guggenheim exhibition (June 21-Nov 6) of work by Jean-Michel Basquiat, join us for an evening of extraordinary insight into the show by its guest curator, Chaédria LaBouvier, Williams ’07.  Basquiat is one of the great American artists, a position recognized by the art marketplace, with a Sotheby’s auction yielding a record high for any American artist, with a single paintings selling price of $ 110.5 million in 2017.

This Basquiat exhibition explores a formative chapter in the artist’s career through the lens of his identity & the role of cultural commentary in New York City during the early 1980s. The exhibition takes as its starting point the painting Defacement (The Death of Michael Stewart, 1983), which Basquiat created to commemorate the fate of the young, Black artist Michael Stewart at the hands of New York City’s transit police after allegedly tagging a wall in an East Village subway station.  This presentation will examine Basquiat’s exploration of Black identity, his protest against police brutality, and his attempts to craft a singular, aesthetic language of empowerment and grapplement. Paintings and prints made by other artists in response to Stewart’s death include works by Keith Haring, Andy Warhol, George Condo, David Hammons and David Wojnarowicz.

Joining in the presentation will be Lisa Dorin, Williams College Museum of Art’s Curator of Contemporary Art, who will talk about the Museum’s collaboration with Ms. LaBouvier around the painting, Defacement, which played a critical antecedent role in this exhibition’s realization.

The Williams College Museum of Art embodies Williams’s deep and long-standing connection to the art world, and the potential for the liberal arts to catalyze creative and critical thought. It is a vital hub for student learning and participation; for taking risks and testing creative, future forms of scholarship and teaching; and for boldly affirming the relevance of the history of art and the arts broadly.