Carmen Ferreyra // Director and Founder
Carmen Ferreyra is an independent curator and art producer based in Brooklyn, NY and Buenos Aires, Argentina. She completed her MA in Critical and Curatorial Studies in Modern Art at Columbia University in 2013, and in 2010 earned a BA in Art History and French also from Columbia University. Ferreyra was the Director of Special Programs for the Bienal de las Fronteras in Matamoros, Mexico (2014-2015), and the Director of UNTITLED. Art Fair in Miami Beach, Florida (2014). She was the manager of Pinta Art Show in London and New York (2007-2013) and acquisition advisor for Mundus Novus Latin American Art Collection (2010-2013). Additionally, she served as editor at Interventions, Columbia University Curatorial Journal from 2012-2013, and in those two years she co-organized two symposia: Homeland Security: Borders and the Global Contemporary, about contemporary art and globalization, and Calle Tomada, about the role of the street in contemporary Latin American art. Ferreyra has conducted research for several institutions, including the Study Center at the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art, El Museo del Barrio and the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros in New York, between others.
Emily Crain // Director of Development
Emily Crain Lopez is a human rights activist and writer based out of Mexico City. She has a B.A. in Peace Studies and Sociology from Chapman University in Southern California, and an M.S. in International Development with a specialization in Gender from New York University. She is originally from California and has done human rights work and research around the globe in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. Her work focuses on the intersection of feminism, gender politics and development. Emily is passionate about advancing opportunities for access to education, art, and culture on a global scale. She spent time working with non-profits in South Africa and Nicaragua, dedicating time with after school programs that promote art, music and leadership skills. She worked as a Program Manager at an International Labor Rights non-profit in New York City that implements an international human rights standard for the workplace.
Cecelia Thornton-Alson // Academic Advisor
Cecelia Thornton-Alson is a curator, editor, and designer originally from Berkeley, California. She holds an M.A. in Modern Art: Critical and Curatorial Studies (MODA) from Columbia University in the City of New York and an undergraduate degree in Architecture with a minor in Art History from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests include the intersection of art, urban/spatial politics, and social change in New York, Europe, and Latin America. Cecelia is passionate about understanding the impact of art on global subjectivity and developing new platforms through which to ask these questions, and with an interdisciplinary academic background, she brings an empathic worldview to her research. At Columbia, she co-organized a panel on "Borders and the Global Contemporary," which probed the friction between the global and the local within contemporary curation, and acted as a co-editor of MODA's online journal, Interventions. In addition, she has organized workshops for MoMA PS1’s Summer School program and acted as a visiting critic at Hunter College’s MFA program. Now based in San Francisco, Thornton-Also loves facilitating conversations between artists, students, and curators, and is currently developing an independent radio project about art-making and creative processes.
Danny Baez // Public Relations
Danny Baez is a Cultural Curator and Arts & Crafts Professional originally from Quisqueya and now living and working in the greater New York Area. A former student of Advertising at UNAPEC and Printmaker at LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies (Columbia University), Mr. Baez has been dedicated to the Art business for the past seven years under the tutelage of renowned Thai Contemporary artist Rirkrit Tiravanija, and New York via London Art Dealer Gavin Brown, serving as a Studio/Art assistant for the former and currently as a Gallery assistant for the latter. Over the past two years, Mr. Baez has also represented Gavin Brown’s Enterprise at multiple art fairs around South and North America as a Sales Associate with emphasis on the Latin American Market, allowing him to create an extended network within the demanding and competitive art world while connecting different artists with collectors, galleries and projects. Danny Baez is also the Co-Founder of the NYC-based Creative Hub known as DIP-STERS, a collaborator (and soon to be board member) of the ARTNOIR Collective, and a contributor for REMEZCLA, the leading English-language culture and lifestyle outlet for Latino millennials. Mr. Baez is an art enthusiast and lover who strives to keep learning and hopefully share his knowledge with those who share his passion for the wonderful and occasionally misunderstood field of the Arts.
Maria Vittoria Di Sabatino // Intern
Maria Vittoria Di Sabatino recently graduated with a BA in art history and design at John Cabot University. Her educational background has left her with a striving passion for contemporary art and visual culture. Based in Rome, Italy, she works as an assistant archivist at the Archivio Giulio Turcato in addition to following independent curatorial projects. She wrote her senior thesis on Process-based Art, with a focus on Italian artist Lara Favaretto. Now, she is going to publish her research on Voices in Contemporary Art (VoCA) and turn her research into a series of digital and physical exhibitions.
Agnese Pundiņa // Intern
Agnese Pundiņa is a Latvian art critic currently living in Tallinn, Estonia. She completed her MA in Art History at the Art Academy of Latvia in 2017. Her final thesis was titled, “Depiction of Social Issues in Latvian and Estonian Contemporary Art”, which was a continuation of her bachelor’s thesis written in 2015 titled, “Social Issues in Latvian Contemporary Art”. The main focus in both works is the identification of social issues in Latvian and Estonian contemporary art and the analysis of these depictions in both countries. Since 2016, she has been writing exhibition reviews for art and culture website Arterritory.com. While her work is mainly as a writer and critic, she has also curated exhibitions, including “Freedom on Barricades” (Riga, 2014), and “Kate/Coating” (Tallinn, 2016). In 2013, she was curator-in-residence at “Radošo darbu galerija” (Riga). Her main interests are connected to social issues, identity, gender studies, feminism and queer theories in Baltic contemporary art.