Celebrating Latin American Curators
Posted on September - 22 - 2015
Behind every great gallery is a GREAT curator! Take a look at Scoop Art’s Latin American curators, who support and participate in advancing the arts around the globe.
Maria José Escobar
Scoop Art’s own Director and Chief Curator of contemporary art! With over 6 years of experience working with emerging artists, the Guatemalan holds a degree in graphic design and art history, as well as a Master’s degree in merchandising. An artist herself, Maria José loves working with artists that have a strong passion for their craft so that each piece she selects for Scoop Art is unique and not mass produced. “Latin American Art is emerging, it goes beyond as most of the time it has a social and political background. That is what is so fascinating about Latin American Art.”
Perhaps one of the most well known curators, this Venezuelan has an impressive résumé, having worked for the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA), the Cisneros Fontanals Arts Foundation (CIFO), the Ella Fontanals Cisneros Collection, Miami and Sala Mendoza, Caracas, Venezuela.
She believes in expanding the perception of Latin American art by representing it with art shows, exhibitions, fairs and biennials. She says- “That is one of the roles of curators and people like me: We need to expand and look at places such as Guatemala or Ecuador. I believe that we need to construct strong collections of Latin American art as they will end up in the public arena and in museums, shaping our vision of Latin American Art”.
Currently the Chief Curator at Fundación/Colección Jumex in México, Magalí Arriola has previously worked for Museo Tamayo; Museo Carrillo Gil and was a visiting curator at the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art in San Francisco. “For me, the question is if art can become a type of accessory, a prop of daily life that you can use, bring, take and perceive as art…” she says.
By: Daniela Serra