Conversations in Contemporary art, a series of adventures— there can be no other word—into the New York art world began in fall 2011. This September a group of 14 alumnae and friends— up from the eight to 10 of previous series—launched the third round of five Conversations designed to give participants intimate access to this fascinating, always provocative, realm. Under the guidance and direction of Kathleen Madden ’92, an art historian, critic, curator, and author who initiates and manages the itineraries, the “conversationalists” visit galleries, studios, and museum exhibits; they meet and enjoy discussions with curators, gallerists, critics, and many times, the artists themselves. Participants not only enjoy the art, they learn how to ask questions about it and engage comfortably in discussions about the works. They also explore the multitudinous centers of art in the city, increasing their knowledge about the creation, exhibition, and sales of contemporary works. Madden always sends out extensive memos to the group members to prepare them for an upcoming session, then follows up the session with a review of what was seen, how provocative it is, and its significance in the scheme of today’s art world. These groups include collectors and those who might become collectors; most are women who would like to understand current forms of artistic expression.