A field as diverse and challenging as curating is one of utmost importance to me because it directly relates to my profession as a visual artist. I have served as a freelance curator for the last two decades, having reached that time in life where accumulated knowledge gained from years of experience should be passed on to the younger generation.
The planning and implementation of temporary exhibitions requires flexibility because of a wide variety of duties, sometimes even manual dexterity to build exhibits or restore objects. As curator, I have initiated, developed, planned, scheduled, and implemented temporary exhibitions, with duties as varied as recruiting and qualifying visual artists, creating budgets, detailing the circumstances of a call for work, writing, producing brochures and catalogues, supervising the installations and staff, and orchestrating publicity for exhibitions.
I came to curatorial work through shear necessity, having worked at a small historical museum in New York for a number of years, where limited staff had to master all tasks in house. I gained hands-on experience and acquired knowledge which has served me well throughout my professional artistic career. Today, as an artist needing to show, I have opened doors for myself and others just by having the confidence in my skills to approach different arenas, organizations, and people which otherwise would not consider exhibiting art.
Today’s curators are faced with an urgency to think deeply about multiple audiences and fulfilling the void in recognizing that in this country we are truly diverse. As a bilingual and bicultural mature artist/curator, I bring the ability to relate to the sensitivities of cultural differences. I recognize and appreciate the importance of working across and between cultures.