Inés Katzenstein: the Argentine who shows Latin America at the MoMA

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Katzenstein is a curator of Latin American art who works in one of the most important museums in New York

Inés Katzenstein: the Argentine who leaves Latin America at MoMa

Inés Katzenstein was born in Argentina, where she received her diploma in arts from the University of Buenos Aires. In 2001 she received her master's degree in arts in curatorial studies from the Bard College Center for Curatorial Studies in Hamlet New York.

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The Argentine is not only a curator, but she is also a historian and art critic specialized in Latin American art. Her career is not only reduced to her two academic degrees, in 2000 Katzenstein obtained a position at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. There she started as assistant editor-in-chief of Listen, Here, Now! Argentine Art in the 1960s which is part of the series of publications of the Primary Documents International Program of MoMA, which is the first to focus on Latin American art. Years later, she became one of the editors of the publication.


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From 2004 to 2008, the Argentine curator served as curator of the Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires (Malba - Constantini Foundation) where her focus was on contemporary Argentine art. During that period, in 2007 she was the curator of the Argentine pavilion at the Venice Biennale, which featured paintings by important artists such as Guillermo Kuitca.

In 2008 she founded at the Tocuarto Di Tella University, the Art Department in the city of Buenos Aires, an educational institution where she had already made part of the Artistic Scientific Committee. In 2018 Katzenstein, 48 years old, besides being named Curator of Latin American Art at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, becomes the director of the newly formed Patricia Phelps Institute of Cisneros which is dedicated to the Art Research of Latin America.


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A year ago MoMA received a donation of 90 works of Latin American art from the collection of the institute that bears the surname of the Venezuelan collector. This project is joining efforts and focusing on the visual arts that are produced in Latin America, which was defined by its new director as the historic opportunity to turn the museum into a key piece to develop research permanently.

Katzenstein is not working alone, she has done it in collaboration with the doctor in history and art theory María Amalia García. These two women are raising the name of Latin America very high in the art guild at the international level art.


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