I was born and raised in what many consider to be the art capital of the world, but didn’t step into a contemporary art gallery until the summer after my first year in college.

I went on to pursue an Art History degree and fell in love with creating, thinking, and writing about art. I grew disappointed with the contemporary art world after college and found that it was saturated with the same voices, same art, and struggled to see where someone like me fit in. I walked around museums and galleries and began assuming the art in front of me was beyond my understanding, or we were being trolled by the artist/institution.

There is a lack of diversity in subjects, voices, and artists represented in major galleries and museums. This is not new. The guerrilla girls, an anonymous group of women activists, have been “creatively complaining” about the lack of diversity in the art world through street projects, stickers, and posters. They began doing this in 1985.

Just last year, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, in partnership with the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) and the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), completed the first comprehensive survey to assess the ethnic and gender diversity of the staffs of art museums across the United States. The study provided hard data behind what you experience if you’ve ever worked in a major museum or gallery.

“Women now comprise some 60 percent of museum staffs, with a preponderance of women in the curatorial, conservation and education roles that can be a pipeline toward leadership positions. The survey found no such pipeline toward leadership among staff from historically underrepresented minorities.  Although 28 percent of museum staffs are from minority backgrounds, the great majority of these workers are concentrated in security, facilities, finance, and human resources jobs. Among museum curators, conservators, educators and leaders, only 4 percent are African American and 3 percent Hispanic.”

According to The Art Newspaper, nearly one-third of the major solo exhibitions held in US museums between 2007 and 2013 featured artists represented by just five galleries. If the decisions in the art world are being made by people of the same demographic, and the same artists are being shown at art fairs/museums, the visual narrative presented is deceivingly fragmented.

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Nací y crecí en lo que muchos consideran la capital mundial del arte contemporaneo, y sin embargo, la primera vez que entré en una galería de arte contemporáneo tenía diecinueve años de edad, el verano después de mi primer año en la universidad. 

Fui a obtener una licenciatura en Historia del Arte y me enamoré de crear, pensar y escribir sobre las artes. Fuí decepcionada con el mundo del arte contemporáneo después de la universidad y encontré que estaba saturado con las mismas voces, el mismo arte, y luché para ver donde alguien como yo encajaba. Hay una falta de diversidad de temas, voces y artistas representados. La mayoría de las publicaciones están atada al mercado, y si miras lo suficientemente profundo verás los puntos conectar. 

Colectores que promueven sus propias colecciones para que sus propias colecciones adquieran valor en las casas de subasta y regurgitados en las ferias de arte en diferentes partes de el mundo. Sígueme mientras exploro temas de la identidad, la clase y fomento reflexión colectiva sobre la experiencia Negra y Latina en el mundo del arte. (en Inglés y español).

 

New York University
Graduate School of Arts and Science
- Modernism & Its Others
- The Urban Process

DePauw University
B.A. Art History
Minors: Studio Art / US History

honors
Speaker, Latin American Cultural Heritage Inc
Distinguished Art History Senior Seminar Award  
Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society
Art History Award for Academic Recognition
Speaker, Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance Closing Reception  
Posse Foundation Full-Tuition Leadership Scholarship

work
Marc Jancou Contemporary
Creative Time
David LaChapelle Studios
Walt Disney Animation Research Library
El Museo del Barrio
NY ARTS Intern