Curators in almost all art museum hold PhDs and have distinguished records of scholarship and Carla Acevedo Yates understand these very well. The qualifications are getting more–not less–stringent. The reason is simple: without knowledge of what these collections are and why we value them, there is no point in having museums. Carla create the soul that people connect to and invest in by sharing their knowledge with audiences on many levels
Carla Acevedo-Yates is a curator, researcher, and art critic based in San Juan, Puerto Rico and New York. She earned an M.A. in Curatorial Studies and Contemporary Art at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College (Ramapo Curatorial Prize) and a B.A. in Spanish and Latin American Cultures from Barnard College, Columbia University (Clara Schifrin Memorial Spanish Prize in Poetry). In 2008 she founded Dawire.com, an online platform for contemporary art that addresses emerging art production on the island and abroad, while hosting a wide range of contributors from the Americas. Since 2011 she has worked as an independent curator. Recent projects include Turn on the bright lights at the Hessel Museum of Art (Ramapo Curatorial Prize), Soy Isla: A conversation on and around Zilia Sánchez at Artists Space Books and Talks, The Dialectic City: Document | Context at Laboratorio de Artes Binarios and OB-R at ARTLAB753, a project that experimented with exhibition formats and collaborative production models. Her writing has appeared in Art Agenda, Small Axe: A Caribbean Platform for Criticism, Artpulse, La Tempestad, Mousse, South as a State of Mind, and Sculpture. She was a curatorial resident at Espaço Fonte (Recife, Brazil) in 2014 and RIC (Santiago, Chile) in 2015.
Carla has done some online projects like:
A. DaWire when she Founded on July 26th 2009, DaWire is an online platform featuring artist texts, editorials, interviews, exhibition news and reviews from across the globe with a focus on Central America and the Caribbean, Institute fro tropical Research.
B. The Institute for Tropical Research (ITR) is a project that addresses tropicalities in contemporary art through historical research, documentation, and critical thinking. Its aim is to define the terms of discussion, both today and historically, and to critically engage with the iconography and contextualization of art made in tropical climates.
C. Archive of Problem. There are a thousand stories intertwined in the lives of those on our graphic, many of which are worth any scholar or inquisitive soul’s time to study. Archive of problems is a comprehensive history of philosophy infographic.
The Dialectic City Document / Context curated by Carla Acevedo Yates San Juan, PR.
With less then 35 yrs old Carla has done many selected projects like:
- West 21st Street Drive-In (Leave Your Car at Home)
- Prólogo a un objeto at AREA
- Turn on the bright lights at Hessel
- Jesús Bubu Negrón at CCS Bard
- Bard MFA Thesis Exhibition
- Robin Bruch at Leslie Fritz
- Zilia Sánchez at AS Books and Talks
- OB-R at ARTLAB
- The Dialectic City [Document|Context]
- Tree Boat: A Meditative Non-Site
Turn on the bright Light @ Hessel Museum of Art
Some of her selected text are:
- José Morales at MAPR
- The 31st Sao Paulo Biennial
- Bernadette Corporation: 2000 Wasted Years
- Seth Price at Friedrich Petzel
- Less is More: La Loseta and the Economy of Means
- Considering Activist Art in the Age of Occupations
- Ironing a Camel’s Hump
- Spain’s 30-year-old art fair turns slightly modest
- Renegade Acts
- Reflections on the Electric Mirror
- ¡Patria o Libertad!: The Rhetorics of Patriotism
- The Good, the Bad, and the Greater New York
- Moments of Suspended Disbelief
- Horror 14.2
- When a painting moves… something must be rotten!
- Michael Joaquín Grey
- Talia Chetrit
- Colonialism & the Politics of Cultural Consumption
- Branding Ideologies
- The Exploration of Self
Her curatorial research focuses on recuperative art histories, abstraction as experimental geography, and post-global-decolonial curatorial methodologies. Today’s curators can be informed and have expertise, but they should also be educators and entertainers Carla understand these importan aspect. To contact Carla Acevedo Yates for exhibition in or out of Puerto Rico you can email her at: [email protected] or see her web at: carlaacevedo.com