Artadia and Project for Empty Space are excited to present a moderated Q&A session for artists and cultural workers to engage directly with leading curators. This event is a fantastic opportunity to ask any pressing questions about the curatorial process, career paths, and the nuances of art curation. Our panelists are Alyssa Alexander, Independent Curator and PES Feminist Futures Fellow; Jackson Davidow, Independent Curator, Scholar, and John R. and Barbara Robinson Family Curatorial Fellow in Photography at the Harvard Art Museums; and Stamatina Gregory, Head Curator and Director of Collections and Exhibitions, Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art.

“Ask a Curator” will take place on July 15, from 6–8pm at PES Futures in New York City. PES Futures is located at 128 Baxter Street in Manhattan’s historic Chinatown neighborhood.

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About the speakers:

Alyssa Alexander is an independent curator and arts administrator based in Brooklyn, NY.  With a background in journalism and critical writing, she is currently building a curatorial practice and pursuing more in-depth cultural and art-historical research that centers artists of African descent. She is dedicated to working with emerging artists and institutions to cultivate a more accessible and equitable creative economy. Most recently, she was awarded the Inaugural Feminist Futures Curatorial Fellowship from Project For Empty Space. 

Jackson Davidow is a writer, curator, and the John R. and Barbara Robinson Family Curatorial Fellow in Photography at the Harvard Art Museums. His essays have appeared in The New York TimesThe Boston Globe MagazineThe BafflerBoston ReviewThe Los Angeles Review of Books, and throughout the art press. After earning his Ph.D. in the History, Theory, and Criticism of Art and Architecture from MIT, he worked at the Stonewall National Museum and Archives and held a postdoctoral fellowship at Tufts University’s Translating Race Lab and the Center for the Humanities. He is completing a book about global AIDS cultural activism.

Stamatina Gregory is a curator and art historian. They have taught art history, critical theory, and writing at the University of Pennsylvania, New York University, Parsons/The New School, and Sotheby’s Institute, and have organized exhibitions for institutions including the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, the Santa Monica Museum of Art/ICA LA, Austrian Cultural Forum, and the 55th Venice Biennale. They are the Head Curator and Director of Exhibitions and Collections at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art.

About Artadia

Since its founding in 1999, Artadia has awarded over $6 million in unrestricted funds to over 400 artists nationally. Celebrating visual artists and their foundational role in shaping society, the Artadia Award benefits three artists annually in seven major US cities with high concentrations of creative workers—Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Image, left to right: Alyssa Alexander (photo courtesy of Alexander); Jackson Davidow (photo courtesy of Davidow); and Stamatina Gregory (photo credit Steven Menendez).

About Project for Empty Space

Project for Empty Space (PES) is a multifaceted arts organization in downtown Newark, NJ, and downtown Manhattan, NY. PES is a woman-run, femme-powered, People of the Global Majority/BIPOC, Queer, and unapologetically radical ecosystem for creatives. Today, PES provides safe, equitable spaces for artistic innovation and complex public engagement by supporting artists whose work is oriented toward social discourse. PES programs lean towards discourses that have been historically and systemically erased, such as marginality, in-equity, and visibility.