El Museo del Barrio, New York, has named Chus Martínez chief curator. She will take up her new post sometime this year, according to a press representative. Martínez replaces Deborah Cullen, who was director of curatorial programs and left in June to become director and chief curator of Columbia University’s Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery.
Martínez worked for the last three years for Documenta (13), the quinquennial exhibition in Kassel, Germany, which closed last month. The latest iteration was directed by independent curator Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev and has been critically well-received. Bakargiev instituted an unconventional curatorial team with curatorial “agents” operating in various countries. Martínez’s title was head of the department of artistic direction.
While helping to organize Documenta, Martinez was also chief curator at MACBA, Barcelona until 2011. She was director of Germany’s Frankfurter Kunstverein from 2005-2008. In 2010, she was guest curator and advisor to the 29th Bienal de São Paulo, and in 2008 she was guest curator for SITE Santa Fe’s Seventh International Biennial. For the 50th Biennale di Venezia in 2005, Ms. Martínez curated the National Pavilion of Cyprus.
Margarita Aguilar, director of El Museo, a museum founded in 1969 to focus on Latino, Caribbean, and Latin American cultures, said in a press release, “Chus Martínez is an inspiring curator who will bring an innovative and exciting approach to our collections and exhibitions.”