Cecilia Alemani | 2012 NLA Awardee

Cecilia Alemani is the Donald R. Mullen, Jr. Curator and Director of High Line Art, the program of public art that takes place on and around the High Line in New York. She also collaborates with the Frieze Art Fair, where she is an advisor of Frame, the section of the fair devoted to solo presentations of emerging artists, and is in charge of the Projects and Talk Programs in New York.

Prior to that, Alemani has collaborated with many museums, institutions and foundations, while also pursuing more unconventional projects with non-profits and informal organizations. In 2011 Alemani worked as guest curator for Performa. She is the co-founder of No Soul For Sale, a festival of independent spaces, non-profit organizations and artists collectives which took place at X Initiative in June 2009 and at Tate Modern – Turbine Hall in May 2010 as the main event for the museum’s tenth anniversary. From January 2009 to February 2010, she served as Curatorial Director of X Initiative, New York, a year-long experimental non-profit space in Chelsea, where she has curated numerous exhibitions including solo shows by Keren Cytter, Luke Fowler, Hans Haacke, Christian Holstad, Derek Jarman, Mika Tajima, Tris Vonna-Michell and Artur Zmijewski. At X Initiative she conceived and organized more than 50 events including performances, panel discussions, symposia, lectures, concerts and screenings.

Alemani also served as an advisor to the Film Festival in Venice, for the category Orizzonti, devoted to new tendencies in filmmaking, and she oversaw the organization of the Future Generation Art Prize, a new prize for emerging artists established by the Viktor Pinchuk Foundation, Kiev. From 2007 to 2008, she served as Curator of Special Projects for Artissima, Turin, Italy.

As an independent curator she organized numerous exhibitions in museums, not-for-profit spaces and galleries, including Glee (Blum and Poe, Los Angeles, July 2011), The Comfort of Strangers (MoMA/PS1, New York, July 2010), Solaris (Gió Marconi Gallery, Milan, June 2009), ONLY CONNECT (Bloomberg Headquarters with Art in General, New York, 2008), boundLES (several venues in the Lower East Side, New York), and Things Fall Apart All Over Again (Artists Space, New York, May 2005).

Alemani has a BA degree in Philosophy from the University of Studies in Milan (2001) and an MA in Curatorial Studies (2005) from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. She has been contributing to several art publications including Artforum.com, Domus Magazine, Mousse Magazine, Klat, Modern Painters, Art Press, October Magazine and Flash Art.

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