Cultural Counsel

Cultural Counsel

Cultural Counsel is a New York-based consultancy focused on communications, strategic partnerships, and the development of public programming in the worlds of contemporary art, design, and architecture.

 

Through our valued relationships with artists, writers, curators, patrons, and creative professionals, we facilitate significant contributions to the cultural dialogue.

 

Communications is at the core of Cultural Counsel, but our vision is to catalyze something greater. The firm’s understanding of these specialized fields, as well as the worlds of fashion, hospitality, and real-estate development, allows us to promote projects to the public with a refined sense of context, and to facilitate seamless collaborations among an international clientele.

 

Established by Adam Abdalla in 2015.

 

 

Client List

 

A24

Absolut Art

ADT Security Services

Amant Foundation

Amplifier

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Annenberg Space for Photography

Anthony Meier Fine Arts

Art Center South Florida

Art21

Artadia

Artists Rights Society

Artspace (New Haven)

Arts - Aventura Mall

Azulik

Ballet Austin

BlackStar Film Festival

Blanton Museum of Art

Bramble

BRIC

Bronx Museum of the Arts

Cai Guo-Qiang

Children’s Museum of the Arts

Compound

Cranbrook Art Museum

Creative Capital

Creative Time

Crosby Studios
Culture Lab Detroit
Dallas Art Fair

Derek Fordjour

Dreamscape

El Museo del Barrio

Empty Gallery

Eyebeam

Felix LA

Feral File

Fondazione Prada

For Freedoms

Ford Foundation

Fort Makers

FotoFocus

Free Arts NYC

FriendsWithYou

FRONT International

Galerie Magazine

Gallery Dept.
GARAGE Magazine
Garage Museum of Contemporary Art

George Rickey Estate

Glenn Kaino Studio

Headington Companies

Headlands Center for the Arts

ICA LA

Independent

Independent Curators International

James Cohan

The Joule

Kenneth Rainin Foundation

Kickstarter

Knight Foundation

Leong Leong

The LeRoy Neiman and Janet Byrne Neiman Foundation

Lifeline / Clyfford Still

Little River // Miami

Locust Projects

Logan Center Exhibitions

LUMA Foundation

Luxury Row / Heller Properties

Macy's Thanksgiving Parade

Magnolia Pictures

Maison D'Art

MAP Fund

Marco Brambilla

Mark Flood

Marlborough

MASS MoCa

Matthew Marks Gallery

Mitchell-Innes & Nash

MOCA North Miami

The Morgan Library and Museum

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit

Morán Morán

Netflix

New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA)
Night Gallery

Nina Johnson

Outsider Art Fair

Paris Photo New York

Patron

Pérez Art Museum Miami

Performa

Petzel Gallery

The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage

Philadelphia Contemporary

Pillars Fund

Pioneer Works

Poster House

Prada

ProjectArt

Prospect New Orleans

Red Bull Arts Detroit
Red Bull Arts New York

Rental Gallery

Reyes | Finn

Riley's Way Foundation

Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery | University of the Arts

RxArt

Sarasota Museum of Art

Seattle Art Fair

September Art Fair at The Bridge

Speed Art Museum

Tavares Strachan

Temple Contemporary

The Artist Profile Archive

The New York Times

The Renaissance Society

Thom Browne

Times Square Alliance

United States Artists

United Talent Agency

Whitney Museum of American Art

Times Square Arts

Times Square Arts

Cultural Counsel has consistently generated local, national, and international coverage for Times Square Arts, the largest public platform for contemporary performance and visual arts that collaborates with contemporary artists and cultural institutions by activating the Square's electronic billboards, public plazas, vacant areas and popular venues.


Times Square Alliance hired Cultural Counsel to support their public art program, but has since expanded the scope of work to include support across all cultural programs in Times Square. Cultural Counsel collaborates with the Alliance on social media support, events, artist ideation and introductions, and partnerships. At the height of the pandemic in New York City, Cultural Counsel introduced Times Square Arts to Poster House for a major digital PSA campaign in which artists and designers thanked New York’s essential workers. The campaign was featured in major local, national, and international outlets including NPR, The New York Times, CBS News, CNN, and more.

 

Images courtesy of Times Square Alliance.

 

The New York Times – Don’t Eat the Breakfast Cereal. It’s Made of Plastic.

 

NPR – Messages Of Hope, Gratitude And Safety Replace Ads In Times Square

 

The New York Times – Keep Calm and Draw Together

 

CBS News – Messages of hope, gratitude and solidarity flood New York City

 

Reuters – Art imitates life at Plastic Bag Store pop-up

 

PIX 11 – The Plastic Bag Store

 

Observer – Artist Shantell Martin Takes Over Times Square Billboards to Ask, ‘Who Are You?’

 

CNN – A mirrored heart lands in Times Square

 

BlackStar Projects

BlackStar Projects

Cultural Counsel works with BlackStar Projects, an organization celebrating the work of Black, Brown, and Indigenous filmmakers the world over. Now in its tenth year, BlackStar Projects is steadfastly expanding the reach and breadth of its organization beyond the annual BlackStar Film Festival in Philadelphia, PA with a biannual print journal, podcast, filmmaker seminar, streaming talk show and so much more.

 

Cultural Counsel has helped BlackStar grow its international footprint and influence as the organization expands into new realms. Cultural Counsel advises on overall media strategy and works steadfast to secure extensive media coverage––from exclusive announcements in leading industry trades to critical coverage of BlackStar’s offerings, festival films, and programming.

 

In its first year working with BlackStar, Cultural Counsel garnered coverage in, amongst others, Air Mail, Barron’s, Cool Hunting, Deadline, Harper’s Bazaar, Hyperallergic, Indiewire, Monocle, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Root, The Hollywood Reporter, MovieMaker, Teen Vogue, Time Out Los Angeles, USA Today, and Whitewall.

 

Images courtesy of BlackStar Projects.

 

The Hollywood Reporter – BlackStar Film Festival Goes Virtual Amid Pandemic (Exclusive)

 

MovieMaker – BlackStar Film Festival Announces 2020 Lineup

 

Teen Vogue – BlackStar Film Festival Presents New Movies from Black, Brown, and Indigenous Creators

 

Indiewire – BlackStar Film Festival: 10 Films and Panels to Watch at the 2020 Edition of the ‘Black Sundance’

 

The Wall Street Journal – From ‘Boyz n the Hood’ to ‘Whose Streets?’: Films That Explore Black Experiences

 

The Philadelphia Inquirer – The 2020 BlackStar Film Festival is going virtual. Here’s what to look for.

 

RealScreen – “Stateless”, “Daughters Of” win big at BlackStar Film Festival


 

A24

A24

Cultural Counsel was engaged by A24 in 2020 to execute the global launch of their philanthropic auction platform, A24 Auctions. The project raised over $362,375 for New York City workers and families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic by auctioning off costumes and props from A24’s standout productions like Midsommar, Uncut Gems, The Lighthouse, Euphoria, and Mid90s, and achieved almost 400 feature-length press hits.

 

In addition to securing major top-tier coverage for A24 Auctions, Cultural Counsel worked with A24 prior to the launch to advise on messaging, timing, and launch strategy to position the project as an avenue for COVID-19 relief as well as a significant moment in film history. Cultural Counsel also assisted A24 with drafting copy for each lot.

 

Cultural Counsel continues to assist A24 on publicity and promotion for their merchandise, podcast, and publishing arms.

 

Images courtesy of A24.

 

W Magazine – Alexa Demie and Nathan Fielder: The Unlikely Pairing You Didn’t Know You Needed

 

Rolling Stone – The Best Gifts for Movie Lovers, From Film-Inspired Cookbooks to Popcorn and Projectors

 

The Zoe Report – A24 x Joya Genre Candles Are Back, Just In Time For Halloween

 

Fast Company – Read an exclusive excerpt from A24 Books’ latest edition featuring Ari Aster’s ‘Hereditary

 

Inverse – A24's Green Knight Role-Playing Game is More Than a D&D Clone

 

AnOther – This New Midsommar Book Is Introduced by Martin Scorsese

 

GQ — The 23 Best New Menswear Items to Buy This Week

 

 

Compound

Compound

Compound is a new nonprofit space complex in Long Beach, California whose mission is to foster the intersection of contemporary art, wellness, and social justice.

 

Since April 2020, Cultural Counsel has played a crucial role in articulating the identity of Compound alongside Founder Megan Tagliaferri and Curator & Artistic Director Lauri Firstenberg. Cultural Counsel worked closely with Compound leadership for in-depth media training, by orchestrating mock interviews with our in-house journalists, developing boilerplates and bios, press releases, and talking points for each interview opportunity.

 

Cultural Counsel developed Compound’s social media and marketing strategy and worked closely with Lauri Firstenberg to create mood boards, content timelines, and the overall graphic identity. Cultural Counsel also implemented social media initiatives to populate the organization’s Instagram in advance of its launch, including: Beauty Within Reach, a photo-series taken by emerging photographers during quarantine; Local Voices, which highlighted local Long Beach talent; Book Club, which highlighted Compound’s recommended reading related to social justice and wellness; and the ongoing partnership with Artist Relief to provide wellness programs by artists.

 

We also developed and executed a national advertising strategy, including design, asset management, and rate negotiation.

 

Images courtesy of Compound.

 

Los Angeles Times – In Long Beach, some big names in art will open a new space called Compound

 

Long Beach Post – Ambitious new art space, Compound, announces September opening

 

The Art Newspaper – Compound, a space for art and wellness, to open in Long Beach, California

 

Flaunt – New Non-Profit Ats Space in SoCal Opens This September

 

Robb Report – Meet Compound, a New California Creative Hub That Blends Art, Wellness and Community

 

Artnet News – How the Wellness Revolution Just Arrived in the Art World

 

T: The New York Times Style Magazine – A New Wellness Center Combines Art With Healing

 

Cultured – Compound, A New Temple to Art and Wellness Arrives in Los Angeles

 

Art Mile

Art Mile

In the summer of 2020, Cultural Counsel teamed up with Reyes | Finn gallery in Detroit to launch Art Mile, a city-wide digital art exhibition that champions Detroit's vibrant and diverse arts community by promoting public programs and online acquisitions. With the support of Red Bull Arts, Art Mile provided 60+ of Detroit’s galleries, institutional non-profits, museums, and artist-run spaces a forum to sustain and amplify engagement with creative communities at a local level and beyond, while offering vital financial opportunities when many were grappling with the effects of the pandemic. As such, participants were given free access to Art Mile’s exhibition platform and point of sales system.

 

Art Mile launched July 29-August 5 with a week of public programs, featuring digital installations, artwork sales, virtual museum tours, and live panel discussions, film screenings and musical performances. Cultural Counsel played an instrumental role from the project's inception, having worked with founding partner Reyes | Finn to conceptualize the program; led the development of Art Mile's branding, graphic identity, and web design; ideated public programs, wrangled event participants, and produced digital live events; managed Art Mile's social media platforms; created direct marketing blasts; and led general project management.

 

Images courtesy of Art Mile.

 

artnet News – Recently Resigned MOCAD Curators Have Launched a Digital Exhibition to Show What a More Equitable Art World Would Look Like

 

Hyperallergic – Highlighting Detroit’s Invisible Artists: Local Art Workers

 

T: The New York Times Style Magazine – A Retelling of American History — in Neon

 

Women’s Wear Daily (WWD) – Bridget Finn and Terese Reyes Organize Digital Art Mile in Detroit

 

HYPEBEAST – Over 55 Art Spaces in Detroit Are Joining Massive Digital Art Exhibition

 

Cool Hunting – Detroit's Art Mile Opens with Nearly 60 Participating Institutions

 

The Root – Artists' Retreat: Looking for a Safe, Socially Distanced Activity This Weekend? Make It Museum-Worthy!

 

Detroit Metro Times – Ex-MOCAD employees curate exhibition of fellow Detroit art industry workers for digital 'Art Mile' event

Detroit Free Press – 56 metro Detroit galleries host an online exhibition and art sale this summer

 

WXYZ-TV Channel 7 (ABC) – Art Mile Detroit virtual exhibition underway

 

Fort Makers

Fort Makers

Cultural Counsel began working with the artist-run design studio Fort Makers in summer 2019, ahead of the launch of its brick-and-mortar gallery space and concept store in Manhattan's Lower East Side. Known for designing bold, colorful and tactile objects through the lens of American craft, Fort Makers creates exclusive collections of art objects and functional sculptures, and transforms its gallery every six to eight weeks with playful, immersive exhibitions and environments.

 

Since the launch of its gallery in September 2019, Cultural Counsel has worked with Fort Makers to promote its products and exhibitions, curate public programs and exhibition content, and secure speaking opportunities and partnerships with Observer's "Business of Art" webinar series, Hearst's #DesignUnites charity auction, and Independent Curators International (ICI) and Henry Street Settlement, among other organizations.

 

Images courtesy of Fort Makers.

 

Vogue – A First Look at The Planter Show, an Exhibition That Proves the Playful Potential of Flower Pots

 

Architectural Digest – These Are the Vessels Worthy of Your Plants

 

The Guardian – 'We cannot go it alone': how the art world is helping fight food insecurity

 

Dwell – Made in America 2020: The Most Innovative Products and Makers Across the Country

 

The Cut – Fort Makers Throws a Dinner Party Worthy of Dalí

 

Dezeen – Painted canvas and padded furniture cover Fort Makers gallery for Puffy exhibit

 

Cool Hunting – Fort Makers Digital Exhibition of Ceramic Automobiles, “Keith Simpson: Cars

 

Domino – This Artist Took 100 Yards of Fabric to the Beach and Made a Sofa

 

T: The New York Times Style Magazine – T Suggests: After-Dark Accessories, a Mike Kelley Show and More

 

T: The New York Times Style Magazine – How an Early 20th-Century English Guild Is Inspiring a New Generation

Matthew Marks Gallery: Luigi Ghirri

Matthew Marks Gallery: Luigi Ghirri

Matthew Marks presents "Luigi Ghirri: The Idea of Building," an exhibition of twenty-nine vintage photographs organized by artist Matt Connors. Focused on Ghirri's distinctive method of constructing images, the exhibition spans the entirety of his career, featuring some of his most iconic photographs alongside previously unseen works.

 

Ghirri, Connors writes in an accompanying statement, “trained as a land surveyor and a draftsman, [and] perceived the world —and all of reality— as a terrain, an assembly of signs, symbols, and images, including other photographs.” 

 

Images © The Estate of Luigi Ghirri, Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery.

 

New York Times – 3 Art Gallery Shows to See Right Now


New Yorker – Goings On About Town: Luigi Ghirri


Brooklyn Rail – Luigi Ghirri: The Idea of Building


Hyperallergic – Your Concise New York Art Guide for November 2020

 

Aperture – A Painter Reconsiders the Photographs of Luigi Ghirri

 

Artforum – Luigi Ghirri

 

 

 

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