Main Section

This section consists of established galleries chosen by an independent selection committee pursuant to review of their applications.

2014 Selection Committee:
Sonia Becce (freelance curator, Buenos Aires, Argentina) – President.
Eduardo Brandão (Vermelho Gallery, São Paulo, Brazil).
Henrique Faria (Henrique Faria Fine Arte, NY, USA and Henrique Faria, Buenos Aires, Argentina).
Orly Benzacar (Ruth Benzacar Gallery, Buenos Aires, Argentina).

Dixit Petrobras

A curator organizes an exhibition on the basis of an original hypothesis on art now. This section will offer works by artists to museums and private collections through their galleries.

In this opening edition of Dixit, Argentine curator, writer and researcher Andrea Giunta will present an exhibition entitled When Does Contemporary Art Begin?.

Solo Show Arcos Dorados of Latin American Painting

At the invitation of a curator, six Latin American artists, in conjunction with their galleries, participate in Solo Show, in which one work by each artist competes for a purchase prize of USD 15,000 in the Latin American Painting Competition.

The 2014 edition of Solo Show will be curated by José Roca (Estrellita B. Brodsky Adjunct Curator of Latin American Art at the Tate Gallery of London and artistic director of FLORA ars+natura, an independent space for contemporary art in Bogota).

Barrio Joven Chandon

This section is for new galleries focused on Latin American art. It encourages recent production and new enterprises whose approaches differ from the traditional system for the exhibition and sale of contemporary art. An independent selection committee assesses the applications of interested galleries.

2014 Selection Committee:
Akio Aoki (Vermelho, São Paulo, Brazil).
Mariano Mayer (poet, art critic, and freelance curator based in Madrid, Spain).
Marina Reyes Franco (independent curator and director at La Ene; she lives and works in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and San Juan, Puerto Rico).

Cabinet Lan

Cabinet is a specific area within the galleries booths in the main section of the fair. In Cabinet, one or more works by a single artist are exhibited. The aim of the section is to show important, unique, or emblematic works by modern and contemporary artists. An advisory board determines the selection.

2014 Advisory Board:
Sonia Becce (president of the Selection Committee for the main section).
Victoria Noorthoorn (director of the Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires, Argentina).
José Roca (Estrellita B. Brodsky Adjunct Curator of Latin American Art at the Tate Gallery of London and artistic director of FLORA ars+natura, an independent space for contemporary art in Bogota).

U-TURN Projects Rooms by Mercedes-Benz

A curator invites galleries to present a specific project featuring up to three artists and selects each work to be exhibited.

The 2014 edition of U-TURN will be curated by Agustín Pérez Rubio (historian, art critic, freelance curator, and former director of the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, Spain).

Photobooth Citi

A curator invites galleries to present photographs by historical and contemporary artists.

The opening edition of Photobooth will be curated by Octavio Zaya (originally from the Canary Islands, Zaya is a curator and editor of art publications who has lived in the United States since 1978).

Isla de Ediciones Fundación Proa

A team of curators invites independent presses and publishing houses to make available for public sale individual volumes and collections that provide theoretical support and information on contemporary art.

2014 Curatorial Team:
Lucrecia Palacios (freelance curator, Buenos Aires, Argentina).
Facundo de Falco (editorial advisor, Buenos Aires, Argentina).

Institucional Spaces

Participants in this program include museums, institutions, foundations, and private companies geared to promote contemporary art.

Banco Ciudad Young Curators Program

A 100-square-meter area of the fair houses the wining project of the Young Curator Program competition. Months before the fair, an open call for submissions geared to young curators is launched. A team of curators chooses the winning project, for which a sum of AR$50,000 is made available for production in the context of arteBA.

2014 curatorial team
Manuela Moscoso (adjunct curator of the 12th Cuenca Biennial and co-founder of Rivet curatorial office; Quito, Ecuador)
Javier Villa (curator of the Museo de Arte Moderno of Buenos Aires; Buenos Aires, Argentina).

Patio Bullrich Acquisition Program

Museums, institutions, and private companies make major acquisitions from the galleries participating in arteBA.

TATE Gallery of London and MALI of Peru are among the museums that have confirmed their participation in the 2014 edition of arteBA.

Proargentina Networking Program

In the interest of encouraging the formation of networks and alliances, and furthering collaboration between the art scene in Argentina and abroad, curators and directors of art institutions from around the world are invited to the fair to participate in personal and group meetings with major figures on the Argentine art scene. The Networking Program is a platform for exchange of knowledge and interaction between the most influential professionals on the art scene today.



Sharon LernerSharon Lerner

Guest at Networking Program for Art Professionals

Curator of contemporary art at Museo de Arte de Lima – MALI. She obtained her bachelor´s degree at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (2004), and received her MA at California College of the Arts in the Curatorial Practice Program (2010). In 2007 she was invited by Goethe Institut to be part of the educational team of documenta12 in Kassel, Germany. In 2008 she was a member of the team in charge of the Office of Visual Arts in the Municipality of Miraflores, Lima. In 2010 she won the 101 Curatorial Fellowship of the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts. During this period she worked as a researcher for the Kadist Art Foundation. One of her more recent curatorial projects is Ruins in Reverse (Tate Modern Gallery and MALI, 2013). Lerner is co-author, together with Jorge Villacorta, of the essay “Corpus fragmentado: acciones en Lima 1966-2000”, appeared in Arte no es vida: Actions by Artists of the Americas 1960-2000 (Museo del Barrio, NY, 2008) and Post-ilusiones. Nuevas visiones. Arte crítico en Lima (1980-2006)(Lima, Fundación Wiese, 2007).

Ann GallagherAnn Gallagher

Guest at Networking Program for Art Professionals

Ann Gallagher has been co-Head of Tate’s Collection since 2006. She leads the team of curators responsible for building and researching Tate’s Collection of British Art, and specializes in modern and contemporary British art, as well as Latin American art from 1950. She was the curator for the Tate Modern showing of the exhibition Hélio Oiticica: The Body of Colour in 2007, for Susan Hiller at Tate Britain in 2011 and Damien Hirst at Tate Modern in 2012. Recent publications include contributions to Rachel Whiteread Drawings, Hammer Museum Los Angeles; Sarah Lucas Situation, Whitechapel Gallery London; Connecting_Unfolding, MCA Seoul and a forthcoming publication on Jose Damasceno.

Yuyo NoeLuis Felipe Noé

Guest artist at Art Conversations

Luis Felipe Noé was born in Buenos Aires in 1933. He studied with Horacio Butler. He lived in Paris and New York. Between 1961 and 1965 he was part of the group known as Nueva Figuración Argentina. He represented Argentina at the 53rd International Art Exhibition in Venice (2009) and was guest of honor at the International Biennial of Curitiba (2013). He received the Di Tella National Award (1963), grants from the government of France (1961) and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (1965 and 1966). He has published several books: his first one “Antiestética” (1965) and the last one “Noescritos, sobre eso que se llama arte” (2007).

Federico BaezaFederico Baeza

2nd Edition´s winner at Banco Ciudad Young Curators Program

He is an investigator; critic and professor specialized in contemporary art. He graduated in Arts and he is Doctor of History and Art Theory at the Facultad de Filosfía y Letras, UBA. He has obtained doctoral grants from UBA and CONICET. He has conducted investigations at the Centro de Estudios y Documentación of MACBA (Barcelona) on the art works of the institution of Argentine conceptual artists. More recently, he works in the field of art management developing curatorial project such as a retrospective show of Argentine artists from the last ten years for Fundación OSDE and series of lectures in the university extension area of IUNA.
He is currently director of outreach and institutional liaison, and associate professor for graduate and postgraduate degree in the area of Critical Arts at IUNA. Baeza co-authored three books on visual and performing arts; he publishes articles on contemporary art in magazines, and writes for artists’ catalogues as well as participating in conferences and other national and international meetings regularly for the past decade. He carries out investigations and scripts about contemporary art for Canal Encuentro.

Mariano MayerMariano Mayer

Member of the Selection Committee at Barrio Joven

Mariano Mayer is a poet, art critic and independent curator. Among his most recent exhibitions are Fisicismos, project conducted alongside Manuela Moscoso (Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Buenos Aires, 2013); June Crespo: Reverso, Have a Window, Torino, Italy (2013), Visible, Móvil, vidente, (Párraga Center, Murcia, 2012-2013) and XXIII Circuitos de Artes Plásticas (Sala de Arte Joven de la Comunidad de Madrid, 2012). He has published, among others, the Justus books (Diputación de León e Instituto Leonés de Cultura, 2009); CAFÉ (Madrid, 2009); We are ugly but we have the music, together with Ivan Mezcua (Madrid, 2005) and Fanta (Corregidor, Buenos Aires, 2002). Since 2007 he edits the contemporary culture publication SCRIPT (Madrid – Buenos Aires) with Cecilia Szalkowicz and Gastón Pérsico . He lives and works in Madrid, Spain.

Orly-BenzacarOrly Benzacar

Member of the Selection Committee at Main Section

After studying biology, she joined the Ruth Benzacar Gallery (founded by her mother, in 1965) in late 1990.In the year 2000, on the sudden death of her mother; she took over as the gallery’s director. Since then, she has strengthened its already strong commitment to contemporary Argentine art by participating in international fairs such as ARCO, Art Basel Miami Beach, Art Basel Suiza, MACO Mexico, and ArtBo, as well as, locally, in arteBA. For the past ten years, she has held the “Curriculum cero” competition, thereby spawning many of the careers of an entirely new generation of artists. Since 2009, Mora Bacal, her daughter, has also been with the gallery, thus renovating and carrying on this fertile history of female gallerists.

Henrique FariaHenrique Faria

Member of the Selection Committee at Main Section

Henrique Faria is the founder of Henrique Faria Fine Art, located in New York. Faria opened his gallery in 2001 specializing in Latin American geometric abstract artists such as Jesús Soto, Raúl Lozza, Gego, Mathias Goeritz, María Freire, Helio Oiticica, Omar Carreño and Alejandro Otero as well as contemporary mid-career artists such as Luis Roldán, Luis Molina Pantin, Eugenio Espinoza, Emilia Azcárate and José Gabriel Fernández. In 2007 the gallery expanded to include conceptual practices from Latin America, including works by Juan Downey, Claudio Perna, Nicolás García Uriburu, Diego Barbosa, Luis Benedit, Marta Minujín, Clemente Padín, Guillermo Deisler, Mirtha Dermisache and Horacio Zabala. As demand for Latin American art increases, the gallery has garnered the attention of international collectors, museums, and institutions.

Sonia BecceSonia Becce

President of the Selection Committee at Main Section and member of the Consulting Committee of Cabinet LAN

In 2013, she curated the exhibitions AES+F: The Liminal Space Trilogy and Eduardo Navarro: Estudio Jurídico Mercosur III at Faena Arts Center in Buenos Aires. The same year, she was curator of the project Ensayo de situación II “Soy un pedazo de atmósfera”, at the River Plate football stadium in Buenos Aires, organized by Universidad Torcuato Di Tella. In 2012, she was member of the Curatorial Committee at ARCO `12´s Solo Projects in Madrid. Among other projects, she has been curator of “smART”, Freedom Tower, Miami Dade College, “Felix Gonzalez-Torres: Somewhere/Nowhere”, Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo MUAC, Mexico City, and MALBA-Colección Costantini, Buenos Aires; and Co-Curator the retrospective exhibition “Gillermo Kuitca” at the Centro de Arte Museo Reina Sofía, in Madrid and in MALBA-Colección Constantini, in Buenos Aires.
She has coordinated the first four editions of the Kuitca Grant for young artists.

foto-Pedro-Barbosa-1Pedro Barbosa

Speaker at Prime Time Open Forum

Brazilian collector of contemporary art with a focus on artists from 35 years. Member of the Board and Founding Trustee of the Contemporary Acquisitions Committee at Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo. He is also a member of the Latin American Acquisitions Committee at Tate Modern, London, from Artists Space in New York and Chisenhale Gallery in London. He was director of the 29th São Paulo Biennial.

Victoria NoorthoornVictoria Noorthoorn

Speaker at Prime Time Open Forum
Member of the Consulting Committee of Cabinet LAN

Director of Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires since August 2013. Licensed in Art at Universidad de Buenos Aires, she holds a Master of Arts in Curatorial Studies from Bard College, Nueva York. After working at MoMA, The Drawing Center in Nueva York and Malba in Buenos Aires, she worked as independent curator at the biennials of Pontevedra (2006), Mercosur (2009) and Lyon (2011). She also co-curated the Ricardo Garabito´s retrospective exhibition (2007), the 41st Salón Nacional de Artistas in Colombia (2008) and curated Marta Minujin´s retrospective (2010). In 2011 she was nominated finalist at The Walter Hopps Award for Curatorial Excellence contest organized by The Menil Collection, Houston. In 2012 she was awarded Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture and in 2014 she participated in the first edition of Global Museum Leaders Colloquium organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art of Nueva York.

Viviana KuriViviana Kuri Haddad

Speaker at Prime Time Open Forum

Historian at Universidad Iberoamericana and history teacher at The University of Chicago. She has been curator and promoter of many contemporary art projects. She coordinated and co-cured contemporary art projects at UNESCO World Heritage sites. She was in charge of the academic program at the Oficina para proyectos de arte (OPA). She was Coordinator of the Board of Contemporary Art (PAC). She has been editor and co-author on several publications and is a contributor to publications specialized in art. She is part of the teaching staff of Cultural Management at Iteso. She is a member of the International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and director and curator at the Museo de Arte de Zapopan.

Andrea-GiuntaAndrea Giunta

Curator of DIXIT Petrobras
Guest curator at Art Conversations

Writer, researcher and curator, is the author of the books Escribir las imágenes. Ensayos sobre arte argentino y latinoamericano [Writing Images: Essays on Argentine and Latin American Art] (2011), Objetos mutantes. Sobre arte contemporáneo [Mutant Objects: On Contemporary Art] (2010), Post crisis. Arte argentino después del 2001 [Post-Crisis: Argentine art after 2001] (2009), Vanguardia, internacionalismo y política. Arte argentino en los años sesenta [Avant-Garde, Internationalism, and Politics: Argentine art in the sixties] (new edition 2008, English translation 2007, 1st ed., 2001) and author and editor of El Guernica de Picasso: el poder de la representación. Europa, Estados Unidos y America Latina [Picasso’s Guernica: The Power of Representation: Europe, the US, and Latin America] (2009). She curated León Ferrari´s retrospective at Centro Cultural Recoleta in Buenos Aires, and co-curated, along with Cecilia Fajardo-Hill, the exhibition Radical Women in Latin American Art (Hammer Museum, LA, 2017. She is a researcher at CONICET and professor of Latin American art at UBA [University of Buenos Aires] and at the University of Texas in Austin, where she founded and directs the Center for Latin American Visual Studies (CLAVIS).

Javier VillaJavier Villa

Member of the curatorial team of Banco Ciudad Young Curators Program

Buenos Aires, 1978. Graduated in Arts at the Universidad de Buenos Aires, and has later done graduate studies in curatorship in De Appel Arts Centre, Amsterdam. At present he has been appointed as Curator of the Museo de Arte Moderno in Buenos Aires.
Working as an independent curator, Villa has developed several exhibitions in Argentina and abroad. He has published two books: Planetarium Film (2013, Buenos Aires) and Fluit in het donker, de Appel Arts Centre (Amsterdam).
As a critic he has collaborated with magazines and newspapers such as ADN Cultura, La Nación, Otra Parte and Los Inrockuptibles.
Villa is a professor at Universidad Torcuato Di Tella since 2009, and is currently teaching in the 2014 Artists Program. He is also a member of the artists’ collective, Rosa Chancho.

Octavio Zaya-Octavio Zaya

Curator of Photo Booth CITI

Curator, editor and art writer born in Las Palmas (Canary Islands), and living in the USA since 1978. He is director of Atlántica, a Journal of Art and Thought published by the Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno-CAAM (Las Palmas, Spain), and also a Guest Curator at CAAM. He is a member of the Advisory Committee at Performa (New York), member of the Advisory Board of NKA, Journal of Contemporary African Art (Duke University), and collaborates with Art Agenda/ e-flux (New York), ARTIT (Tokyo) and Arte al Día Internacional (Miami) and ArtNEXUS (Miami). He was curator at Documenta 11 (Kassel, 1998-2002) and also at the 1st and 2nd Johannesburg Biennials (1995 and 1997). He has organized over twenty exhibitions at museums and institution worldwide, and has published more than twenty books on contemporary and emerging artists. He was curator of the Spanish Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennial (2013).

Cecilia AlemaniCecilia Alemani

Speaker at Prime Time Open Forum

Is the Donald R. Mullen, Jr. Curator & Director of High Line Art. Presented by Friends of the High Line, High Line Art commissions and produces public art projects on and around the High Line. Alemani is also the curator of Frieze Projects for Frieze Art Fair, New York (2012, 2013, 2014). She was a guest curator for Performa 11, New York (2011), served as curatorial director for X Initiative, New York (2009–2010), and co-founded No Soul for Sale, a festival of independent spaces, New York (2009). Alemani has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from the Università degli Studi in Milan (2001) and a Master of Arts in Curatorial Studies (2005) from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.

Mari-SpiritoMari Spirito

Speaker at Prime Time Open Forum

Is the founding director of Protocinema, a nonprofit art organization presenting transnational, nomadic exhibitions in New York and Istanbul, mission-driven with a hands-on education program, since 2011. Last year Spirito collaborated, along with Övül Durmuso?lu, Rossella Biscotti and Akram Zaatari, on a research project entitled Asar-? Atika/ Ancient Works, originating at the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, Ankara. Spirito is a consultant for Art Basel’s Talks Program. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Massachusetts College of Art, Boston. Prior to Protocinema, she was director of 303 Gallery, New York (2000–2012), and is currently on the board of Participant Inc., New York; New Art Dealers Alliance, New York, and Collectorspace, Istanbul.

Aimee-ServitjeAimée Servitje

Speaker at Prime Time Open Forum

Is an art historian from the Instituto de Cultura Superior in Mexico City (ICS). She is executive director at the Patronato de Arte Contemporáneo, president at the Patronato SOMA, and member of the International Council at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Servitje is also an art collector and promotes contemporary art through private initiative, by supporting projects by independent curators and emerging artists, as well as carrying out the Simposio de Teoría de Arte Contemporáneo (SITAC) [Contemporary Art Theory Symposium] which takes place every year in Mexico City. She also serves as treasurer for the Fundación Olga y Rufino Tamayo, where she was honored with the Philanthropy Award in 2009.

Ruth-EstevezRuth Estévez

Speaker at Prime Time Open Forum

Is the director and curator of the Gallery at REDCAT, Los Angeles, California. Between 2007 and 2011, she served as the chief curator at the Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City, where she curated various exhibitions and projects with artists such as Mark Manders, Guy Ben-Ner, and Fernando Ortega, amongst others. In 2010, she co-founded LIGA – Space for Architecture, the first space in Latin America devoted to the critical reflection and presentation of architecture. Estévez has written extensively for various exhibition catalogues and art publications and has independently organized exhibitions in Spain, Belgium, the United States and Mexico. She holds a Master’s Degree in Art History from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM).

Rodrigo AlonsoRodrigo Alonso

Guest curator at Art Conversations

Bachelor in Arts specialized in contemporary art. Investigator and theorist specialist in technological art, is a reference in the history and present of this field in Latin America. He has published numerous essays and books on that subject, and writes regularly in newspapers, magazines and art catalogs. As an independent curator he has organized exhibitions at international institutions. In 2011 he was curator of the Argentine Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennial and is currently Chief Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Mar del Plata (MAR). He also teaches undergraduate and graduate programs at universities in Argentina, Latin America and Europe, and he is jury and assessor of multiple awards and foundations. He lives and works in Buenos Aires.

Massimiliano GioniMassimiliano Gioni

Speaker at Prime Time Open Forum

Massimiliano Gioni is the Artistic Director of the Nicola Trussardi Foundation in Milan and Associate Director of the New Museum in New York. In 2013 he directed the 55th Venice Biennial.
He has curated numerous international exhibitions including the 8th Gwangju Biennale, the 4th Berlin Biennale, Manifesta 4 and the first New Museum Triennial.

Alexia TalaAlexia Tala

Guest at Networking Program for Art Professionals

Alexia Tala is an independent curator currently working as co-curator for the 4thTrienalPoligráfica de San Juan – Puerto Rico, as curator of the Printmaking Collectors Club of Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende and artistic director of Plataforma Atacama, a project addressing the relationship between art and place based in the Atacama Desert in Chile. Previously curator of Focus Brasil (Chile, 2010), chief curator of LARA (Latin American Roaming Art 2012- 2013); she has also curated Solo exhibitions by artists such as Cadu, Francisca Aninat, Marcelo Moschetaand Hamish Fulton, and was co-curator for the first Performance Biennial Deformes(Chile, 2006); the exhibition Museum Man: Historia de la Desaparición (Franklin Furnace archives-Centro Cultural Palacio La Moneda, Chile, 2007); the 8th Mercosur Biennial Essays in Geopeotics(Brazil, 2011),Solo Projects: Focus Latin America for ARCO 2013 andSolo Projects for Summa Art Fair Madrid .She writes for art publications in Latin America and in United Kingdom, and is the author of Installations and Experimental Printmaking (UK, 2009).

Julieta GonzalezJulieta González

Guest at Networking Program for Art Professionals

Julieta González is senior curator at the Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City and adjunct curator at the Bronx Museum in New York. Between 2009 and 2102 she was associate curator of Latin American Art at Tate Modern, London. She was curator of contemporary art at the Museo Alejandro Otero (1999-2001) and Museo de Bellas Artes de Caracas (1994-1997 and 2001-2003), adjunct curator at Insite San Diego/Tijuana 2005, co-curator of the 2da Trienal Poligráfica de San Juan, with Jens Hoffman under the artistic direction of Adriano Pedrosa, and has curated over 40 exhibitions, edited several publications and artist books, and written essays for international publications and catalogues. She holds an MA in Cultural Studies from Goldsmiths, London, was a Helena Rubinstein Curatorial Fellow at the Whitney Independent Study Program, (1997-1998) and studied architecture at the Universidad Simón Bolívar in Caracas and at the École d’Architecture Paris-Villemin in Paris.

Graciela-SaccoGraciela Sacco

Guest artist at Art Conversations

At the forefront of contemporary art, she develops an intensity work in Argentina and abroad.
Sacco has represented Argentina at several internationals Biennials like Venezia 2001, La Habana 1997/ 2000, Mercosur 1997, São Paulo1996. She was also invited to the Shanghai Biennial 2005 and the Biennial of the End of the World, Ushuaia 2009. Her work has appeared in important publications such America‘s Society Magazine, Bomb, Art Nexus, Art News, Art in America among others.
She participates every year in Art Chicago, Art Miami, Arco, Paris-Photo and other internationals fairs. Her work is in public and private collections.
She lives and works between Rosario and Madrid.

Guillermo KuitcaGuillermo Kuitca

Guest artist at Art Conversations

Buenos Aires 1961, where he lives and works.
Since 1980, he made more than fifty solo exhibitions in some of the most prestigious museums and contemporary art galleries around the world, as MoMA, Kunsthalle Basel, Musée d’Art Contemporain (Montreal), The Douglas Hyde Gallery (Dublin), Centro de Arte Hélio Oiticica (Rio de Janeiro) and the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain (Paris). He also participated in numerous group exhibitions abroad, among which are the biennials of San Pablo, Documenta IX, Carnegie International (Pittsburgh) and Istanbul Biennale. His restropective Guillermo Kuitca, Works 1982-2003 organized by the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid was also exhibited in Malba. In 2007, Guillermo Kuitca was the artist chosen to represent Argentina in the 52nd. Venice Biennale as well as being invited to participate in the International Pavilion of the Biennale itself. In 2014 he participated in two group exhibitions, Post Picasso. Contemporary Reactions in the Museu Picasso in Barcelona and alongside, a highlighted group of his paintings at the Beyeler Foundation in Zurich. A solo at Pinacoteca de San Pablo is going to open in June 2014.
In 1991, Kuitca created in Buenos Aires Programa de Talleres para artistas jóvenes [Workshops programme for young artists] known as Beca Kuitca, which continues to the present.

Lucrecia PalaciosLucrecia Palacios

Member of the Curatorial Team at Isla de Ediciones

Lucrecia Palacios. Art critic and editor. She regularly collaborates with Página/12´s art supplement, Radar and Los Inrockuptibles magazine. She serves as editorial coordinator for Adriana Hidalgo Editora´s book collection on Argentine artists since 2008. She has edited books and catalogues for Vasari, Alberto Sendrós, and Ruth Benzacar galleries in Buenos Aires and the Ediciones Polígrafa´s Siglo XXI collection from Barcelona, among others. She studied Art History and Management at the Universidad del Salvador and won the Fundación Carolina grant to do a postgraduate diploma in Art and Cultural Criticism at Universidad de Girona, Spain. She has taken part in the Artists Program at Universidad Di Tella in 2014.

Marina Reyes FrancoMarina Reyes Franco

Member of the Selection Committee at Barrio Joven

Marina Reyes Franco is an art historian and independent curator, as well as co-founder and director of La Ene, a museum as institutional critique project based in Buenos Aires. She has contributed to various publications as writer and editor, and curated exhibitions focused on contemporary Latin American art in Puerto Rico, Argentina, Colombia, Brazil and the United States. Her interests include post-colonial theory, the creation of alternative institutions, and artistic and literary manifestations in the frontier of political action.

Agustin Perez RubioAgustín Pérez Rubio

Curator at U-TURN Project Rooms by Mercedes-Benz

Historian, Art Critic and Independent Curator. He has been Director of MUSAC. Contemporary Art Museum of Castilla y León until February 2013. From 2003 to 2009 he was the chief curator of the museum taking charge of Collection and programming of the same center. Pérez Rubio is a member of various committees in museums and art institutions and a member also of CIMAM, AICA, and IKT. He has curated over seventy exhibitions in different national and international institutions from MNCARS to the Venice Biennale, and has given lectures and seminars collaborating with institutions from the Centre George Pompidou in Paris to the ICI New York.
Currently, he is an independent curator and he is working on research for various museums, art centers, galleries and institutions in projects that deal with language issues; and with studies that attempt to delve into artists that generate discourses on gender policies. Although his field of curatorial action can range from museum collections to more contemporary artists on the international contemporary art scene.

Eduardo BrandaoEduardo Brandão

Member of the Selection Committee at Main Section

Eduardo Brandão studied photography at Brooks Institute of Photography, Santa Barbara, CA, EUA. From 1991 throught 2004, he worked as photo editor at the magazine department at the biggest circulating daily newspaper in Brazil, Folha de S.Paulo. From 1985 and onwards, Brandão has worked as professor of photography at the Fine Arts Department of the Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado (FAAP) in São Paulo.
As an independent curator, Brandão was responsible for the curatorship of the “Iconógrafos” (1991), at MAM (Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo); “Horizonte Reflexivo” (1998), Centro Cultural Light, São Paulo; “Sob Medida” (1999), Espaço Porto Seguro de Fotografia; “Imagética” (2003), MUMA (Museu Metropolitano de Arte de Curitiba); “Histórias de mapas, piratas e tesouros” (2010), Itaú Cultural, São Paulo; “Marcados Para…” – Claudia Andujar, Centro da Cultura Judaica, São Paulo (2011), among others.
Brandão has been the co-owner of Galeria Vermelho, in São Paulo since 2002 and currently holds a chair on the Board of Directors of MAM São Paulo.

Tobias OstranderTobias Ostrander

Speaker at Prime Time Open Forum

Chief Curator and Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs at the Pérez Art Museum Miami, where he is oversees the program for the institution’s new Herzog and De Mueron designed building which opened in December 2013. Prior to working in Miami, from 2009 to 2011 he was the director of El Museo Experimental El Eco in Mexico City. From 2001 to July of 2009 he served as the Curator of Contemporary Art at the Museo Tamayo in Mexico City. During his eight years at the Museo Tamayo, Ostrander developed an extensive program of international exhibitions. Prior to his work in Mexico City Ostrander was the Associate Curator for inSITE2000/01 in San Diego and Tijuana. He was an assistant curator on the XXIV Bienal de São Paulo. He has a Masters in Curatorial Studies from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College

Stefano CernuschiStefano Cernuschi

Speaker at Prime Time Open Forum

Italian editor, is Head of publications and special projects at Mousse, the contemporary art magazine and publishing house. In this capacity he has organized, among many other projects, an exhibition by Cathy Wilkes, in collaboration with The Modern Institute, Glasgow (“Sea of Galilee,” Milan, 2014) taking place during Miart, Milan 2014, and two artist book fairs, in Turin and Brussels, respectively, with Frances Horn and MER. Paper Kunsthalle (PA/PER VIEW Art Book Fair, 2010–13). He also serves as creative consultant for the art fair, Independent, New York. Stefano Cernuschi has worked on publication projects with artists including Liam Gillick, Gabriel Kuri, Michelle Grabner, and Joachim Koester. He is the editor of “Air Mexico,” a series of publications developed in relation to exhibitions at kurimanzutto, Mexico City, and is the Project Manager of “The Artist as Curator,” a two-year investigation edited by Elena Filipovic, focusing on landmark exhibitions from the postwar period to the present in which artists have radically rethought conventional exhibition forms.

Jose RocaJosé Roca

Curator of Solo Show Arcos Dorados of LatinAmerican painting and member of the Consulting Committee of Cabinet LAN
Guest curator at Art Conversations

Colombian curator. He is currently the Estrellita B. Brodsky Adjunct Curator of Latin American Art at Tate, London, and Artistic Director of FLORA ars+natura, an independent space for contemporary art in Bogotá. He managed the arts program at the Banco de la República in Bogotá for a decade. Roca was co-curator of the 27th Bienal de São Paulo, Brazil (2006) and the Encuentro de Medellín MDE07 (2007), and curated many exhibitions in Latin America, the United States, Europe, and Asia. He was the Artistic Director of Philagrafika 2010, Philadelphia’s international Triennial celebrating print in contemporary art. He served on the awards jury for the 52nd Venice Biennial (2007), and was the chief curator of the 8th Bienal do Mercosul in Porto Alegre, Brazil (2011). His most recent curatorial project is Waterweavers: The River in Contemporary Colombian Visual and Material Culture at the Bard Graduate Center in New York. He is the author of Transpolitical: art in Colombia 1992-2012, and co-editor of A Chronicle of Rivers, and the Colección Arte Contemporáneo Bolivar, a series of monographs on Colombian contemporary art. Lives in Bogotá.

Manuela MoscosoManuela Moscoso

Member of the curatorial team of Banco Ciudad Young Curators Program

Whether it is organizing exhibitions, launching an independent space, an online platform, or a residency program, Manuela Moscoso understands collaboration as an integral part of her practice. She has recently set up the curatorial program Máquina de Escrever alongside Amilcar Packer in Sao Paulo, co-curated Fisicismos (Universidad Di Tella, Buenos Aires), and also organized Quarter System (Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona). Together with Sarah Demeuse, she is part of Rivet, a curatorial office that has materialized her investigation on exhibitions and publications focused on the notions of generic, displacement, resonance and repetition in New York, Victoria, Lebanon or Ghent. Moscoso is the current adjunct curator at the 12 Bienal de Cuenca, and she holds a masters degree from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College.

Abaseh MirvaliAbaseh Mirvali

Coordinator of Prime Time Open Forum

Is an Independent Project Producer & Curator based in Istanbul, Mexico City, and Berlin. She is the author of the concept & program development of the 2013 edition of The Biennial of the Americas where she served as Executive Director and Comisaria from 2011 to 2013. Additionally, she was the Chief Curator of Draft Urbanism, an exhibition of urban architectural interventions. In January 2013, along with Gaspar Libedinsky, she co-taught the course Curating Architecture at Harvard University. Between 2005 and 2008, at the invitation of Eugenio López Alonso, Ms. Mirvali was Executive Director of the Fundación/Colección Jumex, where she consolidated and developed one of the most important collections of contemporary art for a private institution in Latin America. In 2011, invited by arteBA Foundación, she curated the first international section of the Fair called U-TURN Project Rooms by Mercedez-Benz, with great success and continued to curate the 2012 & 2013 editions. In 2012 and 2013 Ms. Mirvali assumed the role of Curatorial Programs and Special Projects Director for newly emerging Galeri Mana in Istanbul, where she curated four critically praised exhibitions and publications by international contemporary artists. In September 2013, Ms. Mirvali curated the first edition of LUPA, a newly created curatorial initiative of Art Rio that exhibited site-specific projects and large-scale installations by emerging and established international artists in an open space of 1,500 m2. She is a member of the Contemporary Art Trust (Patronato de Arte Contemporáneo, A.C.), and of the Selection Committee of the Bellagio Creative Art Fellowship for Visual Artists of the Rockefeller Foundation. Since 2009 she has coordinated lectures at Art Basel in both Basel and Miami.

Richard-MasseyRichard Massey

Speaker at Prime Time Open Forum

Is a graphic designer, producer and collector living in Miami, Florida. He primarily designs books and identity systems for architects, artists and non-profit groups. Past clients include Sarah Morris, LOT-EK, Neil M. Denari Architects, Mungo Thomson, the Renaissance Society, Artist’s Space, the Southern California Institute of Architecture, and LAXART.
In 2007, at the behest of Sam Keller and Art Basel Miami Beach, he produced the first Ball of Artists, a one-night spectacular at Miami’s Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, with site-specific works by Liam Gillick, Carsten Holler, Anna Gaskell, Naomi Fisher, and more than a dozen other local and international artists. This event was followed up five years later with a second Ball of Artists, this time in Beverly Hills, at the legendary Greystone Mansion, in concert with the Getty Foundation’s Pacific Standard Time initiative. This second Ball featured specially commissioned works from two dozen artists from Los Angeles, including Morgan Fisher, Eduardo Sarabia, Kerry Tribe, and David Lamelas. Plans are in the works for a third Ball of Artists, in Mexico City, in 2015.
Via his involvement in the Danielson Foundation, he has supported non-profit arts-related groups from Los Angeles to London, with a focus on public and site-specific projects. His collection is focused on conceptual and proto-conceptual work, and includes pieces by León Ferrari, Simon Starling, Michael Asher, Christopher Williams, R.H. Quaytman, Douglas Heubler, Darren Almond, Jim Lambie, Liz Deschenes, and Jean Tinguely.

Prime Time OPEN FORUM 2014

In charge of Abaseh Mirvali (Independent Contemporary Art Projects Producer and Curator. Curator of the inaugural edition of U-TURN Project Rooms by Mercedes Benz in arteBA, and its two subsequent editions).

PANEL I: “Independent spaces: the need to balance artistic agenda and public expectations”

May 23, 6.30 pm

This panel will explore the challenges and processes of selecting, supporting and curating contemporary art projects developed by international institutions and artists in diverse spaces. The discussion will focus on how these projects seek to engage their communities through contemporary art, striving to maintain the balance between satisfying a strong curatorial narrative and an artistic agenda. It will also analyze the importance that these projects have in triggering an impact and/or an activation of a diverse public that might be facing a contemporary work of art for the first time.
Some topics related with the activation of new publics that the discussion will explore are the identification of the artistic and cultural necessities of a community; the implementation of specific activation strategies designed for every context through diverse media or digital platforms; maximizing a limited budget; and, finally the improvement of the exhibiting spaces.

Cecilia Alemani (Donald R. Mullen, Jr. Curator and Director of High Line Art Program, New York)
Ruth Estevez (Director and Curator of L.A.’s REDCAT Gallery, Los Angeles).
Mari Spirito (Founding Director of Protocinema, presenting site aware-nomadic exhibitions, New York and Istanbul)
Stefano Cernuschi (Head of Publications for Mousse Magazine, Milan)

PANEL II: “Collecting as an active practice”

May 24, 6.30 pm

The panel will introduce renowned international collectors that distinguish themselves for going beyond the act of collecting by developing two kinds of programs in parallel to the collection. On one side the panel will discuss the collectors’ work supporting diverse institutions, museums or independent spaces in order to activate the communities. On the other side, the discussion will present the projects created by the collectors and explain how these initiatives help activate participation, knowledge and development of the arts in their communities.
The discussion will analyze the importance and the reach that those projects can achieve locally and at an international scale; and the collectors will share which is their main role to succeed. Additionally, the panel will explore the difficulties that the collectors face in order to create a bond with the community that allows them to fulfill the activation.

Aimée Servitje (Executive director at the Patronato de Arte Contemporáneo SOMA and member of the International Council at the Museum of Modern Art in New York)
Richard Massey (Collector, producer and graphic designer, Miami)
Pedro Barbosa (Contemporary art collector. Member of the Latin American Art Acquisitions Committee at the Pinacoteca, Sao Paulo and Tate Modern, London)

PANEL III: “Tool box for a contemporary art museum”

May 25, 6.30 pm

The panel will analyze the challenges that are arising for new museums and cultural spaces. The discussion will focus on questioning the parameters, priorities and goals envisioned by the institutions and spaces in their quest for achieving financial stability while remaining loyal to artistic programming with integrity. The discussion will center on the means by which these institutions will support themselves in the coming years as they try to serve a diverse community. Art museums have turned increasingly to earned revenue to bolster their conventional reliance on contributed revenue and endowment. This shift has led to venture philanthropy, cultural tourism, entrepreneurial business plans, licensing, corporate collaboration, and other innovative strategies. Is this a viable strategy for museums in our region?
Other topics to be discussed, the unprecedented competition museums face in acquiring the best works by contemporary artists in an overheated market; the challenge for an institution in acquiring both a private collection and the environment created for it; the respective roles of curators and art dealers in discovering and promoting new artists and most importantly the responsibility of the institution to its community.

Tobias Ostrander (Chief Curator and Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs at the Pérez Art Museum Miami, Miami).
Victoria Noorthoorn (Director at the Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires)
Viviana Kuri (Director and Curator at Museo de Arte de Zapopan, Guadalajara)
Massimiliano Gioni (Associate Director and Director of Exhibitions of the New Museum and Artistic Director of the upcoming fifty-fith Venice Biennale, New York)

Art Conversations

A series of talks between leading artists and renowned professionals from the local and international art scene.

Friday, May 23, – 4.30 pm to 6.00 pm:

Guillermo Kuitca – José Roca

Saturday, May 24, – 4.30 pm to 6.00 pm:

Luis Felipe Noé – Rodrigo Alonso

Sunday, May 25, – 4.30 pm to 6.00 pm:

Graciela Sacco – Andrea Giunta

Friday, May 23, – 2.30 pm to 4.00 pm:

URRA Project: The artist Mónica Giron will talk about her experience at Basel´s residence in 2013. Winning artist, who will travel to Basel in 2014, will be announced with the presence of the selection committee Elena Oliveras, Claudio Golonbek and Sebastian Vidal, along with Erica Roberts and Melina Berkenwald. Then, participating artists of the MAYO residence, Pontogor from Brazil and Santiago Velez from Colombia, will present audiovisual records of their works.

Saturday, May 24, – 2.30 pm to 4.00 pm:

Presentation of the 2nd edition of the Braque Prize, co-organized by the French Embassy in Argentina and MUNTREF. In charge of: Jean-Michel Casa, Ambassador of France in Argentina, Anibal Jozami, Rector of Untref, Jean-Francois Gueganeau, Cultural Counsellor and Diana Wechsler, Research and Curation MUNTREF Sub-Director. During the meeting, a video with 2013 Award´s images will be projected and the basis for the 2015 edition will be presented.

Sunday, May 25, – 2.30 pm to 4.00 pm:

Launch of the II BIM-Untref the Moving Image Biennial organized and produced by Untref in MUNTREF-Center for Contemporary Art. Presented by Anibal Jozami, Rector of Untref, Diana Wechsler, Research and Curation MUNTREF Sub-Director, Gabriela Golder and Andrés Denegri, Curators and coordinators of BIM-Untref. During the meeting a video of the I BIM-UNTREF 2012 will be presented.

Monday May 26, – 4.00 pm to 5.30 pm:

GCBA “Public Art in Buenos Aires” – International cases and local opportunities. Panelists: Valeria Gonzalez, Degree in Arts, Máximo Jacoby, Contemporary art curator, Victoria Noorthoorn, Director of Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires. Moderator: Andrés Gribnicow, Cultural Manager.

Open Forum section is open to the public and free of charge.