October 17, 2012, New York – El Museo del Barrio announced today the appointment of Chus Martínez as its Chief Curator.  Ms. Martinez is expected to join El Museo before year’s end.


Margarita Aguilar, Director of El Museo, said, “Chus Martínez is an inspiring curator who will bring an innovative and exciting approach to our collections and exhibitions.”  Ms. Aguilar explained that Ms. Martinez‘s background in philosophy and art history, combined with her knowledge of current artistic practices and cultural issues, “will advance El Museo‘s mission of opening new perspectives and expanding audiences for the vibrant and diverse cultural heritage of Latino, Latin American and Caribbean art.”  Ms. Aguilar also added, “El Museo del Barrio is especially grateful to Estrellita Brodsky for her support and generosity in making this position possible.”

Ms. Martinez comes to El Museo after three years of working as Head of Department, Artistic Direction, of the most important international contemporary art exhibition, dOCUMENTA (13), which took place June 6 – September 16, 2012 in Kassel, Germany. Ms. Martinez was also Chief Curator at MACBA, Barcelona until 2011, and director of the Frankfurter Kunstverein from 2005-2008. In 2010, she was guest curator and advisor to the 29th Bienal de São Paulo, and in 2008 she was guest curator for SITE Santa Fe’s Seventh International Biennial. For the 50th Biennale di Venezia in 2005, Ms. Martínez curated the National Pavilion of Cyprus.
Ms. Martínez said, “I am honored and excited to be joining El Museo del Barrio, an institution whose mission I share. I am looking forward to contributing to its community, history, and future, and I hope to create new opportunities and paradigms to put El Museo in dialogue with the world.”

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