MA'15 Alumna named Curatorial Associate at LACE

Daniela Lieja-Quinanar, who graduated from USC Roski this past spring with a Master of Art and Curatorial Practices and the Public Sphere has been named Curatorial Associate at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE).

She officially joins LACE in mid October as our Curatorial Associate. She is a Los Angeles-based curator whose research interests include contemporary art and curatorial practices that explore the politics and social issues of everyday life. Presently, she serves as Project Coordinator and Contributing Curatorial Advisor for the forthcoming exhibition and publication Below the Underground: Renegade Art and Action in the 1990s Mexico at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, as part of PST LA/LA.

She recently worked with artist Teresa Margolles, as project art coordinator, for her contribution to the Public Art Biennial CURRENT: LA Water.  In addition, she was research assistant at the Getty Research Institute’s project Urban Transfer(s): Building the Latin American Metropolis from Independence to the Threshold of Modernism. In 2014, she curated Acciones Territoriales (Territorial Acts) at the Museo Ex Teresa in Mexico City, with two weeks of daily public programming. Lieja’s masters thesis Territories of resistance: the impact of the Zapatista Rebellion on artistic practices in Mexico City, 1994-1995, is the base of her ongoing research into territories of resistance in Latin America via arts and politics.

She was the coordinator of the research center at LUGAR_CERO in the Historic Center of Mexico City from 2011-12, an itinerant project that explored the complexity of public space. Concurrently, she was editor of Bunker, arts section for Registro MX magazine. Lieja holds a B.A. in Ciencias de la Cultura (Cultural Studies) from the Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana, Mexico City, and a M.A. in Art and Curatorial Practices in the Public Sphere from USC.

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