2019 Benefit & Award Ceremony


Estrellita B. Brodsky
Curator, Collector, and Philanthropist 
with the
2019 Distinguished Service to the Visual Arts Award

Presented by

Edward J. Sullivan 
Deputy Director and Helen Gould Sheppard Professor in the History of Art, 
The Institute of Fine Arts, New York University 

Also recognizing

Alexandra Chang
Curator of Special Projects and Director of Global Arts Programs,
Asian/Pacific/American Institute, New York University

2019 New Leadership Award
Estrellita B. Brodsky, PhD, is a New York-based curator, collector and philanthropist, and an advocate for the art from Latin America. She has endowed curatorial positions in Latin American art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tate Modern, and MoMA and serves as a member of The Metropolitan Museum’s Latin American Art Initiative, MoMA’s Latin American and Caribbean Fund, and the Tate Americas Foundation board of trustees. She received the 2011 Manhattan Borough President’s Outstanding Achievement Award in recognition of her work in the field of Latin American art in the City of New York. She is the founder of ANOTHER SPACE, a program established by the Daniel and Estrellita B. Brodsky Foundation to broaden international awareness and appreciation of art from Latin America.
Brodsky holds a doctorate in art history from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University and a Master's Degree from Hunter College. She curated the first U.S. museum survey of Julio Le Parc at the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM): Julio Le Parc: Form into Action, (2016-2017); the first U.S. retrospective of the Venezuelan kinetic artist Carlos Cruz-Diez at the Americas Society in 2008; and Jesus Soto: Paris and Beyond, 1950-1970 at Grey Art Gallery, New York University, in 2012. A former co-chair of El Museo del Barrio, she has taught at Hunter College, and lectured and written extensively on Post-War Latin American art


Alexandra Chang is the curator of special projects and director of Global Arts Programs at the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University, where she works on inter-institutional projects exploring global and comparative framings, history and power, and their impact on topics including global visuality studies and climate change/climate justice. She organizes the Climate Working Group at A/P/A Institute at NYU, which bridges Science, Humanities and Arts researchers, scholars, artists, practitioners, and institutions for short and long term collaborations considering climate, data, policy, power, and the history of globalization. She is also the director of the NYU Global Asia/Pacific Art Exchange (GAX), developing a focused international network of scholars and annual symposia, working sessions, site visits, and other programs on themes including: curatorial, collections, and archival practices; Asian indigenous art practice; land use and environment; memory and migration; and Global Asias.

Her interest in building the fields of Asian diasporic art practice and transnational art histories instigated a new initiative to increase foundational materials on Asian American Art including curricula, publication, archives, and digital projects: East Coast Asian American Art Project, a project organized with A/P/A Institute and NYU’s Fales Library and Special Collections. For that project Chang developed an NEH Summer Institute at NYU titled Re-envisioning American Art: Asian American Art, Research, and Teaching that she co-directed to work with university professors, curators, and PhD students on teaching, presenting, and contextualizing Asian American Art. She has worked on facilitating the donations of several key artist archive collections from Asian diasporic artists who lived and worked in New York City from 1900-2000 to NYU.

Alexandra graduated with a B.A. in Film Studies and French from Wellesley College (Cum Laude) in 1997 and received her M.A. from New York University in 2006. Her master’s thesis, “Envisioning Diaspora: Asian American Visual Art Collectives” was published in 2009.  Alexandra also participated in the Cornell University School of Criticism and Theory with a fellowship in 2002 and a research focus on Aesthetics.


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Platinum Supporters
Daniel & Estrellita Brodsky

Gold Supporters
Alva Greenberg
Bloomberg Philanthropies

Silver Supporters
Agnes Gund
Angela Westwater, Sperone Westwater

Bronze Supporters 
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