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Connections

We believe that together we can go further and beyond. Affection, respect, and collaboration are the foundation of our relationships at Uncool Artist. If you are looking for a place to belong, to feel safe and welcome, you found it!

What kinds of relationships are the most important for you to cultivate in the art world?

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Talks

At least 2 times a week we present live talks and presentations with international artists, curators, gallerists and art producers from all over the world. It’s a great opportunity for our participants to interact and learn from diverse experiences in the global art world.

2023 Guest Speakers

Yasmine Ostendorf-Rodríguez

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Rachel Vallego

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Rosela del Bosque

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Julie McKim

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Julie Dumont

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Thomaz Pacheco

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Rachelle Mozman Solano

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Aliza Edelman

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Fernanda Resstom

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Elisa Gutiérrez Eriksen

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Elisa Gutiérrez Eriksen

Elisa Gutiérrez Eriksen is a Mexican, Brooklyn based Curator and Arts and cultural producer who has collaborated with artists and institutions to produce and curate art pieces, exhibits, festivals and cultural events. As Cultural Specialist at the UNESCO Field Office in Mexico she developed projects and curated exhibitions concerning the relationship between culture and migration, audiovisual heritage, and the environment. Prior to that, she was Head of Exhibitions of the Alas y Raices program at the Ministry of Culture in Mexico. Elisa has also collaborated with the International Human Rights Art Festival in New York and the International Contemporary Animation Film Festival ANIMASIVO. Most recently, she served as Programs Manager and Curator at the NARS Foundation while also developing independent projects; among them Subversive Kin: The Act of Turning Over, presented at The Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center in NY, and Common Frequencies, at BioBAT Art Space in Brooklyn, NY. She currently pursues her graduate studies at Hunter College and works as an independent curator.

 

William Powhida

William Powhida is both an artist and a fictional persona, POWHIDA, created by the artist to satirize notions of individual genius, the dependence on personal biography, and the art world’s extremely fucked up relation to wealth and class.  He also wrote criticism for the Brooklyn Rail for a few years before focusing more on writing about issues affecting working artists and their communities.  Currently he is co-host of Explain Me with Paddy Johnson, a podcast on the intersection of art, money, and politics.  He is currently on faculty at the School of Visual Arts in New York, the Community Manager with Netvvrk, and a mentor with the International Lab for Artistic Practice (ILAP).  He is also an active organizer with the artsunion.org.

 

Bel Falleiros 

Bel Falleiros is a Brazilian artist whose practice focuses on place and belonging. Starting with her hometown, São Paulo, she’s worked to understand how contemporary constructed landscapes (mis)represent the diverse layers of presence that constitute a place and how that affects those who inhabit them. Walking is core to her practice and also to her first solo show at CAIXA Cultural São Paulo, and residency at the Sacatar Institute in Bahia, Brazil (2014). Since arriving in the U.S., she has worked to create spaces for grounding and connecting people, stories, nature and place, including a site-specific installation at Pecos National Park, New Mexico (2016), an earth-work at Burnside Farm, Detroit (2017), sculptures for a community garden in collaboration with Tewa Women United as part of the Santa Fe Art Institute’s Equal Justice Residency (2018), and a ‘non-monument’ with words from people of the Americas for the ‘Monuments Now’ show at Socrates Sculpture Park (2020). She was a More Art Engaging Artist Fellow (2021), an artist-in-residence at Dia Art Foundation for the Dia Teens Program (2021-2), had works commissioned for the biennial show, 37o Panorama da Arte Brasileira, ‘Under the ashes, embers’ at MAM, São Paulo (2022), and participated in the NY Latin American Art Triennial ‘Abya Yala: Structural Origins’ (2022). Beyond her studio practice, she participates in collaborative projects across the Americas, connecting art, education, and autonomous thinking.

 

Laura Dickens

Lauren Schell Dickens is chief curator at the San José Museum of Art. Since joining the museum in 2016 as curator, she has organized major exhibitions including Our whole, unruly selves (2021), Undersoul: Jay DeFeo (2019), With Drawn Arms: Glenn Kaino and Tommie Smith (2019), Other Walks, Other Lines (2018), and The House Imaginary (2018). She has organized solo exhibitions and projects with Diana Al-Hadid, Rina Banerjee, Sofia Cordova, Woody de Othello, Brendan Fernandes, Sky Hopinka, Glenn Kaino, Aislinn Thomas, and Lara Schnitger, among others. Her most recent project, Kelly Akashi: Formations, is the first major exhibition of Akashi’s practice, will tour nationally.

Prior to SJMA, Dickens held curatorial positions at the National Gallery of Art and Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. She received her B.A. from Yale University and her M.A. from Columbia University. Her public project with The Propeller Group and El Mac was awarded the 2018 Creative Impact Award by the city of San José. She is a 2019 Warhol Curatorial Research Fellow and recipient of the Fellows of Contemporary Art 2022 Curators Award.

 

Miguel Luciano

Miguel Luciano is a multimedia visual artist whose work explores themes of history, popular culture, and social justice through sculpture, painting and socially engaged public art projects. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including exhibitions at The Mercosul Biennial, Brazil; El Museo Nacional de Bella Artes de la Habana, Cuba; La Grande Halle de la Villette, Paris; El Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City; The San Juan Poly-Graphic Triennial, Puerto Rico, and The Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC. He is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including the Latinx Artist Fellowship (2021) supported by the Mellon and Ford Foundation, The Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Award, and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award Grant. His work is featured in the permanent collections of The Smithsonian American Art Museum, The National Museum of African American History and Culture, The Brooklyn Museum, El Museo del Barrio, the Newark Museum, and the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico.

Luciano was an inaugural Artist in Residence in The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Civic Practice Partnership Artist Residency Program (2018-2021). He is currently a faculty member at the School of Visual Arts and Yale University School of Art.

 

Shawn Escarciga

Shawn Escarciga (they/he) is a multidisciplinary artist/meme maker, arts administrator, and organizer existing somewhere between performance, comedy, and community-based work. Shawn’s work has explored labor and class; questioning value systems and hierarchies; and ways to balance being silly with tangible moves towards equity and care. They have worked with arts and education organizations across New York City including: Culture Push, More Art, Brooklyn College Community Partnership, and the Artists’ Literacies Institute, where they currently work as an Associate Producer. They were also the founder and co-organizer of the NYC Low-Income Artist and Freelancer Fund, which raised a quarter million dollars for low-income artists during the height of the Covid-19 Pandemic. Shawn offers free or low-cost development support to queer and low-income artists, as well freelance consulting to push against gatekeeping and inequities in the art world and world at-large.

 

Julian A. Jimarez Howard

Julian is a curator, artist, writer, and arts administrator based in New York City. His conceptual focus is on the many points of friction between intention, articulation, and reception. He was the founder and co-director of OUTLET Fine Art, an innovative gallery in Brooklyn from 2012 – 2016 as well as roving curatorial project Associated Gallery. He has worked on over 80 exhibitions with more than 300 artists, and his projects have been reviewed in places like New York Magazine, The Creator’s Project, Cool Hunting, The New York Times, and Art in America. His writing has been featured in various publications like Garage Magazine and Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art. He currently manages the Corporate Art Program for Johnson & Johnson.

 

Jeanne Jaffe

A multi-disciplinary artist working in installation, sculpture, and stop motion animation. Her work is influenced by an interest in language, literature, psychology, and history and explores how we construct identity, our world, and our value systems.
Ms. Jaffe is a Professor Emeritus of Fine Arts at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and was a visiting artist at Xian Academy of Fine Arts in China for five years.
Ms. Jaffe is the recipient of fellowship grants from the Gottlieb Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts,. the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the Mino Artist Residency in Japan, among others. Works by Ms. Jaffe have been exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art Museum, Delaware Art Museum, Hillwood Art Museum, Michener Art Museum, The Royal Scottish Academy of Edinburgh, Scotland, Mino Washi Ikari Museum in Japan, and the Seokdang Museum of Art in Korea.
She has recently moved to south Florida where she has shown at Doral Art Museum, Coral Springs Art Museum, IS Projects, IPC ArtSpace, Hollywood Art and Culture Center, Fat Village, the Arts Warehouse, the Camp Gallery, and Collective 62.
Ms. Jaffe’s work is included in private and public collections in Pennsylvania Academy of Art Museum, Philadelphia, Pa., Zimmerli Art Museum in New Brunswick, N.J, the Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz Collection in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., the Abington Sculpture Garden, Abington, Pa., Rutgers Center for Innovative Printmaking, New Brunswick, N.J, and Museum of Ceramics at Alfred University in Alfred, N.Y.
Her work has been reviewed extensively, including in Art in America, The New York Times, and Sculpture Magazine.

 

Andrew Freiband

Filmmaker, producer, researcher, writer, educator, and multimedia artist who founded ALI based on several years of original research and development into the unique capacities – and imposed restrictions – of artists in contemporary society.

He has 20 years of professional experience in the film, television, museum, and fine arts fields, having worked in productions everywhere from the top of the unfinished skyscrapers of Lower Manhattan to post-earthquake Haiti to the slums of Nairobi and beyond. He has worked with the US Agency for International Development to form media narratives around transformative humanitarian development, and with high levels of the Federal Government to make the case for new innovations in international development and new engagement models for artists and filmmakers in humanitarian work.

He has served on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts’ Dept of Film and Television, and for 14 years on the faculty of the Department of Film, Animation, and Video at the Rhode Island School of Design; and has taught film, video, and art students in Haiti (CineInstitute), Malawi (Chancellor’s College), and Bangladesh (Dhaka University), among other places.

Andrew was co-producer and director of photography on the feature documentary I Learn America, about the life of 5 high-school age immigrants in the New York City school system.

He is the Executive Producer of Denali Tiller’s Tre Maison Dasan, winner of numerous Best Feature Documentary awards at festivals in the US and Europe, as well as a featured presentation for the 2019 season of PBS’ Independent Lens. As Impact and Engagement Producer, he coordinated a national campaign to put the film to work in meaningful contexts, connecting incarcerated parents with their families and communities, catalyzing awareness about the enormous rippling social impacts of mass incarceration in America, and leveraging the deep, systemic knowledge embedded in the film and filmmaking team to inform new policy, programs, and approaches to reshaping culture around criminal justice.

At the Artists Literacies Institute, he teaches artists to be researchers and artists simultaneously, believes there is untapped knowledge in trained intuitions, and is sure the world will be a more just and equitable place if artists and culture producers were held in the same regard as scientists and technologists.

 

Caroline Woolard 

Caroline Woolard is the Director of Research and Programs at Open Collective Foundation, an Assistant Professor at Pratt, and co-organizer of http://art.coop with Nati Linares and Marina Lopez. Since the financial crisis of 2007-8, Woolard has catalyzed barter communities, minted local currencies, founded an arts-policy think tank, and created sculptural interventions in office spaces. Woolard is the co-author of three books: Making and Being (Pioneer Works, 2019), a book for educators about interdisciplinary collaboration, co-authored with Susan Jahoda; Art, Engagement, Economy (onomatopee, 2020) a book about managing socially-engaged and public art projects; and TRADE SCHOOL: 2009-2019, a book about peer learning that Woolard catalyzed in thirty cities internationally over a decade. Woolard’s work has been featured twice on New York Close Up (2014, 2016), a digital film series produced by Art21 and broadcast on PBS.

 

Gabo Camnitzer

Gabo Camnitzer is an artist and educator working across experimental pedagogy, installation, and video. Camnitzer’s work revolves around questions of education and knowledge exchange, often using the child as an avatar to examine the societal structures that surround and shape subjectivity. Camnitzer is Assistant Professor of Social Practice and Director of the Foundations Program at UMass Dartmouth. He has previously taught in New York City elementary schools, including at the Neighborhood Elementary School (PS 363). He received his MFA from Valand Academy, Gothenburg, Sweden, and attended the Whitney Independent Study Program, New York. He is currently an artist in residence at the Queens Museum in New York.

 

Daniela Holban

Daniela Holban is a Romanian-born curator, cultural producer, community builder, and programs director with over 14 years of professional experience in art institutions, museums, and nonprofits. She specializes in curatorial direction, public programming, and creative strategy. Her curatorial practice seeks to respond to and present systems of self-reflection, identity, multipolarity, and sustainability. She is dedicated to public engagement, artist development, environmentally-based art programming, and action-driven communities.

She currently holds the position of Director of Programs & Curation with NOoSPHERE Arts and is a Senior Curator at Artfare, Inc. In the past, she has worked with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MANA Contemporary, {CTS} Creative Thriftshop, William Bennet Gallery, The Ear Classical, and The Fashion and Textile Museum in London.

 

David Row

Most known as a contemporary abstract painter, David Row is also a sculptor and printmaker. Row is a graduate of Yale University. He has been living and working in New York City since the 1970s.
Row began showing at John Good Gallery in 1986. He then showed with André Emmerich Gallery, where he showed the Tala series in the 1990s, and von Lintel Gallery in Chelsea, where he showed his Demons in Paradise series in 2006. Internationally, Row has exhibited at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac (Paris and Salzburg), Galerie Ascan Crone (Hamburg), Fujii Gallery (Tokyo), and Galerie Nusser & Baumgart (Munich), as well as in Italy, Belgium, Austria, Finland, and Ireland. He is currently represented by Loretta Howard Gallery in Chelsea, NYC; Galerie von Bartha, Basel/Chesa; and McClain Gallery in Houston, Texas. Recent solo exhibitions include 2014 at Loretta Howard Gallery; 2013 at McClain Gallery in Houston; 2011 at Holly Johnson Gallery in Dallas; and a display of selected works from 4 decades at Galerie von Bartha in 2010. His work was included in Conceptual Abstraction at Hunter College / Times Square Gallery in Fall 2012.
David Row has lectured and taught at numerous institutions, including The Cooper Union, Rhode Island School of Design, Pratt Institute, Princeton University, Fordham University, and currently at the MFA Fine Arts Program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

 

Tam Gryn

Tam Gryn is the Director of Fine Arts at Rally.io, where she helps artists create their own autonomous crypto economies. She is also Head Curator at SHOWFIELDS. She is the former Head of the Curatorial Department of the Artist Pension Trust as well as Head Curator for RAW POP UP. Tam is the co-founder of Culturadora and currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Kulturspace Foundation in Berlin.
She has curated multiple art exhibitions as well as charity fundraisers. Clients and collaborators include The Brooklyn Museum, The Whitney Museum, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Puerto Rico, Glossier, Heineken, Bombay Sapphire, The Glenlivet, Diptyque, Evian, Mastercard, and SVA School of Visual Arts NYC.
Originally from Venezuela, Tam studied Art History at the Sorbonne University, Politics at Reichman University and Negotiations at Tel Aviv University.

Ilana Harris-Babou

Ilana Harris-Babou’s work is interdisciplinary; spanning sculpture and installation, and grounded in video. She speaks the aspirational language of consumer culture and uses humor as a means to digest painful realities. Her work confronts the contradictions of the American Dream: the ever unreliable notion that hard work will lead to upward mobility and economic freedom.

She has exhibited throughout the US and Europe, with solo exhibitions at The Museum of Arts & Design and HESSE FLATOW in New York, USA. Other venues include The Whitney Museum of Art, New York, USA; The Studio Museum, New York, USA; Sculpture Center, Queens, USA; Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark; Kunsthaus Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany; Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain; West Space, Melbourne, Australia; among others.

She has been reviewed in the New Yorker, Artforum, and Art in America, among others. She holds an MFA in Visual Art from Columbia University and a BA from Yale University.

 

Gaby Schattan

Based in New York City, she is director and founder of Gate.

When Gaby Schattan moved from São Paulo to New York City, she couldn’t leave without bringing along the vibrant art from her home country. After a year of researching and daydreaming about building a cultural bridge between her new home and origin, Gaby founded Gate.

Gate allows one to engage with and learn about the culture and arts from Brazil. Gate is not simply about decorating walls, rather a source to find artworks that embody a point of view. Its arts portal offers a fresh and relevant variety of emerging artists who are at the forefront of the development of contemporary art in their region. Each hand-picked piece is unique, yet all of them present significant conceptual discourses and attempts to inspire new perspectives on how art may help society navigate today’s social and political climate.

Above all, Gate connects continents, cultures, artists, collectors (longtime and beginners), and people.

 

Angel Abreu

Angel Abreu (American, b.1974. Bronx, NY) is an artist, writer and educator who studied philosophy, art history and comparative literature at the University of Pennsylvania and New York University. Abreu joined Tim Rollins and Kids of Survival (K.O.S.), an artist collaborative originating the South Bronx in 1986. Rollins and K.O.S. have exhibited their work, which is based on canonical literature as well as music, in art galleries and museums internationally. Their work resides in over 120 permanent museum collections around the world including the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Tate Modern. Through his collaboration with K.O.S., Abreu was the youngest, at 14, to have a work acquired by and be listed on the artists’ roster of MoMA in New York City. 

Abreu continues his work with Tim Rollins and K.O.S. despite the sudden death of its founder, Tim Rollins in 2017. The project has reinvented itself and become Studio K.O.S. under Abreu’s leadership. In 2019, Studio K.O.S. had its first commercial exhibition since Rollins’ passing at Lehmann Maupin Gallery in NYC. They have continued to conduct socially engaged workshops with youth and educators around the United States and internationally. Since its reinvention, Studio K.O.S. has been written about in the New York Times, Forbes Magazine, Philadelphia Inquirer etc. Recent projects of Abreu and Studio K.O.S. includes the Walker Art Center, MoMA, Art Resources Transfer and the National Academy of Sciences.

In addition to Abreu’s work with Studio K.O.S., he continues his own painting practice based on a study of literature, philosophy, music and social practice. His individual work was included in the recent exhibition titled Embodied Abstraction at Wexler Gallery in Philadelphia. Abreu is on faculty in both the BFA Fine Arts and MFA Art Practice departments of the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He also serves on the Education Committee of The Bronx Museum of the Arts in The Bronx, NY. Abreu is also proud to be the 20′-21′ and 21’-22’ Wallace Wilson Fellow at his alma mater Deerfield Academy in Deerfield, MA.

 

Antonio Sergio Bessa

Antonio Sergio Bessa, PhD, is Chief curator emeritus at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, and taught Museum Education Issues at Columbia University’s Teachers College from 2006 to 2016.

A scholar of concrete poetry, Bessa has organized several critically acclaimed exhibitions on themes related to text-based art. His essays on concrete poetry have been published in several anthologies, journals, and websites including ubu.com and fahlstrom.com. He is the author of Öyvind Fahlström: The Art of Writing, and editor of Novas: Selected Writings of Haroldo de Campos (in collaboration with Odile Cisneros), and Mary Ellen Solt: Toward a Theory of Concrete Poetry. He organized several exhibitions at the Bronx Museum including Joan Semmel: A Lucid Eye (2013), Paulo Bruscky: Art is our Last Hope (2013), Martin Wong: Human Instamatic (2015), Gordon Matta-Clark: Anarchitect (2017), The Life and Times of Alvin Baltrop (2019).

 

Piero Atchugarry

Piero Atchugarry is an Italian-Uruguayan gallerist, art dealer and Executive Director of the Fundación Pablo Atchugarry. He is the founder of Piero Atchugarry Gallery in Garzón (Uruguay) and Miami (USA) specialized in international modern and contemporary art.

In 2007, Piero started working as a manager at the Fundación Pablo Atchugarry, after which he obtained a BA in Business Management & Finance at the University of Westminster, London. While completing his studies he worked in finance. He later obtained an MA in History of Art from Christie’s Education, New York.

He was still interning at Christie’s when he opened the Piero Atchugarry Gallery in 2013, in Garzón, Uruguay. From then on, he developed the gallery’s strategic vision, embedding it with a core identity, adapting to fluctuating global trends through exchanges between international artists, curators, collectors and institutions.

In 2013 the gallery began a program of residencies. The program supports large scale proposals that interact within the context of the sculpture garden and the general public. The gallery opened a second venue in Miami Design District (US) in 2018. In the next year 2019 Piero Atchugarry established the PA Takeover Program, organizing satellite exhibitions across the globe.

 

Sheila Pepe

Sheila Pepe is best known for her large-scale, ephemeral installations and sculpture made from domestic and industrial materials. Since the mid-1990s Pepe has used feminist and craft traditions to investigate received notions concerning the production of canonical artwork as well as the artist’s relationship to museum display and the art institution.

Venues for Pepe’s many solo exhibitions include the Smith College Museum of Art (Massachusetts) and the Weatherspoon Art Museum (North Carolina) as well as her traveling exhibition ‘Sheila Pepe: Hot Mess Formalism,” produced by the Phoenix Art Museum, (Arizona). Her work has been included in important group exhibitions such as the first Greater New York at PS1/MoMA; Hand + Made: The Performative Impulse in Art & Craft (Contemporary Art Museum Houston); and Artisterium (Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia). Pepe’s work has been featured in the the 8th Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale; the ICA/Boston’s traveling exhibition Fiber: Sculpture 1960-Present; Her most recent project “Carrie Moyer and Sheila Pepe: Tabernacles for Trying Times,” produced by the Portland Museum of Art (Maine) highlights of the exhibition will be on view at the Museum Of Arts & Design in New York City, opening late spring, 2021.

Pepe has taught since 1995 at Brandeis University, Bard College, Cornell Univerity, Columbia University, Pratt, RISD, Skowhegan School, Stanford University, SVA, Williams College, Yale University, among others. Her own artistic development was a mix of academic training and non-degree granting residencies: BA, Albertus Magnus College; BFA, Massachusetts College of Art; Haystack School; Skowhegan School; MFA, and School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston/ Tufts University.

 

Billy Gerard Frank

Billy Gerard Frank (born in Grenada) is a multi-disciplinary artist, and autodidact living in New York who works at the intersection of art, filmmaking, design, and activism. He was recently selected to represent Grenada at 58th La Biennale di Venezia 2019. Frank’s practices mine personal, political, and social histories and challenge dominant and normative discourses around them. His research-based work addresses issues of migration, race, and global politics, relating to gender, minority status, and post-colonial subjects.
His collected, altered and own mix media artworks and films have been exhibited in groups and solo shows in galleries and institutions like The Brooklyn Museum (2020) and is in several private collections and institutions like National Academy Museum of Fine Arts and Design. Frank is also the founder of Nova Frontier Film Festival & LAB that showcases films and arts from and about the African Diaspora, the Middle East, and Latin America.
Since 2005, after studying filmmaking and media arts at The New School University, and New York University, Frank has worked as a writer, director, and production designer, in both narrative and documentary films that were screened at international film festivals, like Sundance and Berlinale. Frank currently lives and work in Brooklyn, New York.

 

Laura Raicovich

Laura Raicovich is a New York-based writer and curator who recently completed a book on museums, cultural institutions and the myth of neutrality entitled Cultural strike: Art and museums in an era of protest (Verse 2021). She also serves as interim director for the Leslie Lohman Museum of Art. In 2019 she was a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow at the Bellagio Center, and was awarded the inaugural Emily H. Tremaine Journalism Fellowship for Curators at Hyperallergic. While Director of the Queens Museum from 2015 to 2018, Raicovich co-curated Mel Chin: All Over the Place (2018), a multi-borough survey of the artist’s work, and co-edited Assuming Boycott: Resistance, Agency, and Cultural Production (2017), an anthology of essays about artists’ diverse efforts to challenge institutional and systemic oppression globally. Raicovich, who launched Creative Time’s Global Initiatives in 2012, was formerly Dia Art Foundation Deputy Director, and served at the Guggenheim and Public Art Fund in various capacities. She lectures internationally and in 2019-20 co-curated a seminar series titled Freedom of Speech: A Curriculum for Studies into Darkness at the New School’s Vera List Center for Art and Politics, from which she is co-editing an anthology of writings on the subject (forthcoming 2021).

 

Omar López-Chahoud

Omar López-Chahoud has been the Artistic Director and Curator of UNTITLED. since its founding in 2012. As an independent curator, López-Chahoud has curated and co-curated numerous exhibitions in the United States and internationally. Most recently, he curated the Nicaraguan Biennial in March 2014. López-Chahoud has participated in curatorial panel discussions at Artists’ Space, Art in General, MoMA PS1, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. López-Chahoud earned MFAs from Yale University School of Art, and the Royal Academy of Art in London.

 

Chloë Bass

Chloë Bass is a multiform conceptual artist working in performance, situation, conversation, publication, and installation. Her work uses daily life as a site of deep research to address scales of intimacy: where patterns hold and break as group sizes expand. She began her work with a focus on the individual (The Bureau of Self-Recognition, 2011 – 2013), has recently concluded a study of pairs (The Book of Everyday Instruction, 2015 – 2017), and will continue to scale up gradually until she’s working at the scale of the metropolis. Chloë has held numerous fellowships and residencies, most recently from the CUNY Center for the Humanities, Lucas Artist Fellows, Art Matters, Denniston Hill, the Recess Analog Artist-in-Residence, and a BRIC Media Arts Fellowship. Her projects have appeared nationally and internationally, including recent exhibits at The Studio Museum in Harlem, Kunsthalle Wilhelmshaven, BAK basis voor actuele kunst, Knockdown Center, The Kitchen, the Brooklyn Museum, CUE Art Foundation, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Project Space, The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, the James Gallery, and elsewhere. Reviews, mentions of, and interviews about her work have appeared in Artforum, The New York Times, Hyperallergic, The Brooklyn Rail, BOMB, Temporary Art Review, and Artnews among others. Her monograph was published by The Operating System in December 2018; she also has a chapbook, #sky #nofilter, forthcoming from DoubleCross Press. Her short-form writing has been published on Hyperallergic, Arts.Black, and the Walker Reader. She is an Assistant Professor of Art at Queens College, CUNY, where she co-runs Social Practice Queens with Gregory Sholette.

 

María Elena Ortiz

María Elena Ortiz is a curator at PAMM, where she is spearheading the Caribbean Cultural Institute (CCI). At PAMM, Ortiz has organized several projects including The Other Side of Now: Foresight in Contemporary Caribbean Art (2019); Latinx Art Sessions (2019); william cordova: now’s the time (2018); Beatriz Santiago Muñoz: A Universe of Fragile Mirrors (2016); Ulla von Brandenburg: It Has a Golden Sun and an Elderly Grey Moon (2017); Firelei Báez: Bloodlines (2015); and Carlos Motta: Histories for the Future (YEAR). Ortiz has contributed to writing platforms such as the Davidoff Art Initiative, Terremoto Magazine, and others. A recipient of the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros (CPPC) and Independent Curators International (ICI) Travel Award for Central America and the Caribbean, Ortiz’s curatorial practice is informed by the connections between Latinx, Latin American, and Black communities in the US and the Caribbean.

 

William Cordova

William Cordova is an interdisciplinary cultural practitioner born in Lima, Peru. Lives and works in Lima, Miami, and New York City. Cordova’s work addresses the metaphysics of space and time and how objects and perception changes when we move around in space. He received a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1996 and an MFA from Yale University in 2004. William Cordova has been an artist in residence at The Studio Museum in Harlem, American Academy in Berlin (Germany), CORE program at the Museum of Fine Art in Houston, Headlands Center for the Arts, Artpace, Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, among others. He has exhibited in the US, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. His work is in the public collection at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Guggenheim Museum (New York, US), Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, US), Harvard University (Cambridge, US), Yale University (New Haven, US), Museo de Arte de Lima (Lima, Peru), Ellipse Foundation (Cascais, Portugal), Perez Art Museum (Miami, US), La Casa de las Americas (Havana, Cuba), among others. Cordova participated in the 2008 Whitney Biennial, 2010 Museum of Modern Art/PS1 Greater New York exhibition, an overview presentation of contemporary artists whose contributions to the arts have had a significant influence in society. He also participated in the highly anticipated “Pacha, Llaqta, Wasichay” exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the 13th Havana Biennial (Cuba) in 2019. Recent group exhibits include “on the lower frequencies I speak 4U (alquimia sagrada)” at Sikkema Jenkins (New York, US) in 2020. Forthcoming solo exhibitions include Galerie Florian Schonfelder (Berlin, Germany), Columbia University (New York, US), and Livia Benavides 80M2 (Lima, Peru) in 2021. Cordova is co-curator of the Greenwood Centennial (Tulsa, US) and the 2020 Prism Art Fair, a non-profit project focused on African Diaspora artists. He also founded the Miami AIM Biennial in 2020.

Advisers

Each quarter, participants will receive individual critical mentorship by advisers who will discuss the participant’s research and projects during virtual studio visits. The selection of advisers is composed of artists, researchers, writers, and curators who are actively engaged in contemporary art practice. Sessions last for 40 minutes via online video conference.

Shawn Escarciga

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Ana Calzavara

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William Powhida

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Daniela Avellar

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Alessandro Facente

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Daniela Holban

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Ilana Harris-Babou

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Aliza Edelman

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Julie Dumont

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Andrew Freiband

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Elisa Wouk Almino

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Eun Young Choi

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Julian A. Jimarez Howard

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Julie McKim

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Kiki Mazzucchelli

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Raquel Guerra

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Testimonial Marisa Connections

For me, getting the opportunity to be part of this community (the artists, the curators, the advisory's, listen to the lectures, participate in exhibitions) made me improve all my skills and teach me how to be a professional.

Marisa Bernotti | Dolores, Uruguay
Testimonial Tamera

UA is the art community I never knew that I needed. I never could have imagined that there was a group of like-minded artist out there in the world working collectively and collaboratively on trying to upend the current structure of the art world. UA does this by bringing diverse artists from across the globe together to try to make the creation of art, for the betterment of all, into a more inclusive and equitable activity. Underlying it all is the power of love. My peers in UA are some of the most intellectually curious and caring people I know. Together we are creating a new paradigm for the art world.

Tamera Bedford | Hong Kong, China
Testimonial Dainy

Uncool has been a tremendous opportunity and challenge to take my practice to the next level.
I have found a great community of artists that has allowed me to know better the creative artistic process, which is indispensable as a curator. It is an invaluable opportunity to hear from accomplished artists, curators, art fairs, and museums directors first-hand and in an intimate conversation setting.
All of this, topped with the synergy of a group of individuals working towards the common goal of being better art professionals, is what makes all the time, money, and efforts invested pay off!

Dainy Tapia | Miami, US
Testimonial Juliano M

Before, I saw myself as an artist somewhat aimless and not belonging to any group, both to share experiences and think together about my artistic practice in the visual arts. After joining Uncool Artist, I feel part of a community of people who think about art and the world beyond art. A very plural community both in language and thought changed my practice a lot and gave me confidence in speaking and presenting my work.

Juliano Mazzuchini | Buenos Aires, Argentina
Testimonial Daniele

I feel like I'm participating in a generous community. Opportunities have arisen, and I didn't expect them. Now I feel driven to produce more, and I think safer. Now I can see that loneliness was not my problem. It is a system problem. Uncool Artist showed me that I have options and life outside the Ego's system.

Danielle Cukierman | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Testimonial Sika

Uncool Artist community is a dream come true for me. Where else could one meet, network, brainstorm, share their work and get personable constructive critique, if not Uncool Artist? A community of artists, writers, researchers, curators, art historians, all unabashed and unapologetically dedicated to building and sustaining the future of the arts!

Sika Foyer | New York, U.S.
Testimonial Erica

I was mainly looking for my people. I was pretty doubtful about the art market and frankly felt a bit discouraged. I used to think that the hardships of being an artist were much greater than they (actually) are. I thought that building my path would depend on becoming a sellable product, and I kept feeling I was meant to be an outsider after all. I quickly understood that my success depended on ME, my attitude, energy, and my behavior towards circumstances. At Uncool Artist, I quickly learned that I had an alternative to the so-called "game." The community indeed helps—a lot. I learned by experiencing it.

Erica Iassuda | Itu, Brazil
Testimonial Thais

Before I joined Uncool Artist, I felt adrift. I was highly imaginative, working instinctively but had no specific direction. I felt lost on how I could join all the pieces of art in my life together as a career path that made sense. Now at Uncool Artist, I developed a better sight of how my past got me here and what steps I can take to build a prosperous career as an artist. Also, I don't feel alone anymore, but part of this loving and caring community that grows and flourishes together.

Thais Ribeiro | São Paulo - Brazil
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