Event | Doctor’s Hours for Visual & Multidisciplinary Artists with Museum Curators

Event | Doctor’s Hours for Visual & Multidisciplinary Artists with Museum Curators

June 17 event will offer individual consultations with museum curators.

Are you in need of some career advice? The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is pleased to announce an upcoming session of Doctor’s Hours for Visual and Multidisciplinary Artists, a program designed to provide artists with practical and professional advice from arts consultants. Artists working in the disciplines of Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, Video, Film, Photography, New Media, Multidisciplinary, Performance Art, Socially-Engaged Practices, Folk, and Traditional Art are encouraged to participate.

Starting Monday, May 20 at 11:00 AM EST, you can register for 20-minute, one-on-one appointments with up to three museum curators to ask questions and receive actionable tips for advancing your arts career.

Title: Doctor’s Hours for Visual and Multidisciplinary Artists with Museum Curators

Program Date and Time: Monday, June 17, 2019, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: The New York Foundation for the Arts, 20 Jay Street, Suite 740, Brooklyn NY, 11201

Cost: $38 per 20-minute appointment; three appointments limit per artist
Register: Register here to participate

To make the most of your Doctor’s Hours appointment, read our Tips & FAQs. For questions, email [email protected].

Can’t join us on June 17? You can book a one-on-one remote consultation with an arts professional via Doctor’s Hours On Call.


Francesca Altamura, Curatorial Assistant, New Museum
Altamura is a curator and a New Yorker who holds a MFA degree in Curating from Goldsmiths, University of London, and a MA degree with Honors in History of Art from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. At the New Museum, she recently curated Sydney Shen: Onion Master in the Window Gallery (on view until July 28) and is co-curating, with Curator Margot Norton, Diedrick Brackens’ forthcoming solo Lobby Gallery presentation, darling divined (June 4 – September 8). She has assisted on exhibitions including Nari Ward: We the People; Sarah Lucas: Au Naturel; John Akomfrah: Signs of Empire; Thomas Bayrle: Playtime; the 2018 New Museum Triennial Songs for Sabotage; and Strange Days: Memories of the Future, an off-site exhibit held in conjunction with The Store X Vinyl Factory at 180 The Strand in London. Learn more about Altamura on her website and Instagram account, @itmefrankig.

Ylinka Barotto, Assistant Curator, Guggenheim Museum
Since joining the curatorial staff in 2014, Barotto has assisted on such large-scale modern and postwar retrospective exhibitions as Alberto Burri: The Trauma of Painting (2015); Moholy-Nagy: Future Present (2016); Visionaries: Creating a Modern Guggenheim (2017), which showcased masterworks from the Guggenheim’s modern collection; and Mystical Symbolism: The Salon de la Rose+Croix in Paris, 1892–1897 (2017), for which she contributed to the catalogue text entries on many of the show’s artists. Barotto provided curatorial support for Danh Vo: Take My Breath Away (2018), and at present is assisting on Artistic License: Six Takes on the Guggenheim Collection (2019–20), the first artist-curated exhibition ever mounted at the museum. In addition to her involvement with the exhibition program, Barotto is one of the organizing curators for the Young Collectors Council, which acquires the work of emerging artists for the museum’s permanent collection. She has also hosted conversations with contemporary artists, activists, and journalists on topics such as feminism, activism, and identity and representation. Barotto received a MA degree in curatorial and museum studies at Accademia delle Belle Arti di Brera in Milan, and she is currently working toward a MA degree in art history at Hunter College, City University of New York, with a focus on postwar and contemporary feminism.

Barbara Paris Gifford, Assistant Curator, Museum of Arts and Design (MAD)
Paris Gifford is an Assistant Curator with a focus on Fashion and Contemporary Jewelry at MAD in New York City. During the past five years, she has served as part of the curatorial team for several exhibitions and various mediums, including La Frontera: Encounters Along the Border (jewelry), Counter-Couture: Handmade Fashion in an American Counterculture (fashion), Voulkos: The Breakthrough Years (ceramics), and Ebony Patterson: buried again to carry on growing… (contemporary art and jewelry). Gifford is curating two upcoming MAD exhibitions, The World of Anna Sui (fashion), which opens in September 2019, and 45 Stories in Jewelry, opening in February 2020. She has written for many publications including Metalsmith Magazine, Modern Magazine, The Journal of Modern Craft, and for the catalogs La Frontera: Encounters Along the Border, Voulkos: The Breakthrough Years, and Ralph Pucci: The Art of The Mannequin. She holds a MA degree in the History of the Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture from Bard Graduate Center.

Sophia Marisa Lucas, Assistant Curator, Queens Museum

Lucas recently organized Queens International 2018: Volumes, the eighth iteration of the museum’s biannual exhibition of Queens-based artists. The exhibition comprised a partnership with the Queens Library including installations in branches and system-wide programming. Lucas has also co-organized QM-Jerome Foundation Fellowship exhibitions by Sable Elyse Smith (2017) and Julia Weist (2017) with Hitomi Iwasaki and supported Larissa Harris on Maintenance Art (2016), a museum-wide retrospective of Mierle Laderman Ukeles. Previously, she contributed to exhibitions and programming at The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum of Art and Design, New York; The Artist’s Institute, New York; and Slought Foundation, Philadelphia. She is currently working with QM-Jerome Foundation Fellowship recipient American Artist on a solo project (forthcoming October 2019).

Jocelyn Miller, Assistant Curator, MoMA PS1
Miller, a member of MoMA PS1’s curatorial team since 2011, is currently organizing the upcoming exhibition Julie Becker: I must create a Master Piece to pay the Rent at MoMA PS1. She recently organized Elena Lopez Riera: Those Who Desire (2019); Maria Lassnig: New York Films 1970-1980 and Body Armor (both 2018); Past Skin (2017); and Meriem Bennani: FLY (2016), all at MoMA PS1. She also organized Projects 106: Martine Syms at The Museum of Modern Art (2017). Miller has co-organized solo exhibitions with Titus Kaphar, Reza Abdoh, Naeem Mohaiemen, Ian Cheng, Mark Leckey, Cao Fei, and Simon Denny, as well as career retrospectives of the artists Maria Lassnig and James Lee Byars, the latter both at MoMA PS1 and Museo Jumex, Mexico City. She serves as Editorial Manager for MoMA PS1’s curatorial department, overseeing museum publications, and served as Editor for the 2015 “Greater New York: Readers” series. She received her BA degree in Comparative Literature at Princeton University.

Nelson Santos, Interim Director of Curatorial Programs, Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art
Santos has over 20 years of experience in the arts, advocacy, and non-profit sector, including leading the vision of a non-profit art organization with a social justice mission. He has worked with artists, creative thinkers, and community partners to produce and present public programs, exhibitions, visual art projects, and publications that embrace difference, dialogue, and inclusion. As an artist, educator, curator, and organizer, Santos believes art has the power to provoke, inspire, and unite. He has a history of successfully fostering new and innovative programs that reach diverse audiences and is a respected leader in the art, social justice, HIV/AIDS, and LGBTQ communities. Santos is on the Board of Directors of the Fire Island Artist Residency (FIAR) and Queer|Art|Mentorship. 

Ana Torok, Curatorial Assistant, Drawings and Prints, The Museum of Modern Art
Torok is a curator and art historian based in New York City, specializing in conceptual art of the 1960s and 1970s. She earned her MA degree in Art History from the Courtauld Institute of Art and her BA degree from Barnard College, Columbia University. Prior to working as a Curatorial Assistant in the Department of Drawings and Prints at the Museum of Modern Art, she worked in the curatorial departments of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art while organizing exhibitions independently.

Ambika Trasi, Curatorial Assistant, Whitney Museum of American Art
Trasi is an artist and arts organizer based in Brooklyn. Her work examines how coloniality of power is perpetuated, packaged, and sold in contemporary culture, and the role that memory, language, technology, and ritual play in decolonizing and identity-making in the diaspora. As Managing Director of Asia Contemporary Art Week (ACAW) from 2013-2017, she co-organized and assisted in the curation of performance-related exhibitions and public programs held at Asia Society, The 56th Venice Biennale, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Hunter College Art Galleries, the inaugural Seattle Art Fair, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. As a board member of the South Asian Women’s Creative Collective (SAWCC) since 2016, she organized exhibitions presented at Queens Museum (2016) and Abrons Arts Center (2017). Trasi has a BFA degree in studio art from New York University, with a minor in South Asian studies.

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