1. Could you tell us a bit about the exhibition Berlin Becoming?
The exhibition is a result of a collaborative effort between, NYU Berlin, NYU Steinhardt’s Art and Art Professions Department, and Deutsches Haus. It is meant to showcase artwork that resulted and/or is influenced in some way by students’ semester abroad in Berlin. Berlin Becoming marks the third anniversary of this annual exhibition. It really is a great fit for all involved parties and I am glad it provides the students with an opportunity to show their work to a wider public.
2. What was your inspiration and how did you make your selection of artists?
In the preliminary conversations about the exhibition, we really wanted to focus on Berlin’s dynamic energy and state of flux/evolution, but we also wanted to allow for a narrative to come forth from the submissions. To my happy surprise, all the standout entries in some way dealt with these themes of development/progression/evolution and a kind of energy that results in something new. Something else Hugh O’Rourke, the co-curator, and I were able to do through the selection process was include different approaches and mediums like sculpture, painting, video, etc. So, I think the show feels varied but also very intimate, sharing with the viewer each student’s personal experience.
3. Are you familiar with Berlin? What is your impression of the city?
I was lucky enough to visit Berlin last summer. Unfortunately, I only stayed there for a few days. My impression, although limited, is that Berlin is amazing. I had the best time. Berlin has great people, art, music, transportation, both a relaxed and exciting atmosphere, and it’s not too expensive - what’s not to love? It really does seem like a place where people can discover themselves creatively.
4. Where are you from? When did you move to New York and why?
I was born in Mexico City, but grew up between Tijuana, San Diego, and LA. I have spent most of my life in LA, and I adore it. I moved to New York in 2012 to attend my graduate program.
5. Please tell us a little bit about your M.A. in Visual Arts Administration. How has your experience at NYU been?
The Visual Arts Administration program has been a great experience and provided me with really cool opportunities such as spending a summer working in London and being involved with this exhibition!
6. Do you have any advice for other graduate students who would like to pursue an M.A. in Visual Arts Administration?
If you want to get to the next level in your arts career, then go for it! Also, know exactly what you want to get out of it.
7. What’s next for you? Do you have any upcoming shows? What would your dream project be?
I am moving to Boston in June to work for Outset Contemporary Art Fund. It is a foundation that was founded in London, but recently established a U.S. branch. Outset USA has an ambitious program to support amazing new art. In the future I would very much like to continue being involved in the organization and curation of shows as an independent pursuit. For now, I am very excited about the opportunity of experiencing the foundation/granting side of the equation.
8. Could you speak about John Logan Criley’s Wish Upon a Satellite, which won the $1000 NYU Berlin Culture Brewery Prize 2014? What sets this work apart?
John’s work explores concepts of adaptability and reconstruction which reflect the exhibition’s theme very well. His work is layered and textured - that and his color palette - it all works together to capture the essence of Berlin.
9. How was your experience at Deutsches Haus?
Awesome! It is such a supportive and friendly environment. Juliane and all of you do such a great job. It is really fantastic that you have so much programming and are willing to let us come in and experiment with your space.
10. What fascinates you about culture and art?
The infinite outcomes and their ability to change and set perceptions.
11. Could you describe your personal New York?
School, work, school, work, sometimes play.
12. What is your favorite spot in New York City?
When it’s sunny and warm - hopefully soon - I like to go to Smorgasburg in Dumbo and enjoy the food and the view from Brooklyn Bridge Park.