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Deborah Cullen | USA

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Doctor in modern and contemporary art history, and in études cinématographiques from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, USA.

In 2010, she is fellow to the Center for Curatorial Leadership in New York and in 2001 from the J. Paul Getty Foundation to pursue curatorial research.

Deborah Cullen received the Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award in 2006 for her curating for the travelling exhibition Arte ≠ Vida: Actions by Artists of the Americas, 1960-2000. In 2002, she is recipient of the Faith Ringgold’s “Anyone Can Fly” Foundation curatorial award.

Deborah Cullen is “Director of Curatorial Programs at El Museo del Barrio, New York, joined the Museum in 1997, and has oversight of all temporary and travelling exhibitions, the Museum’s permanent collection of more than 6,500 works, and all corollary scholarly publications.” She managed and set up the four first editions of El Museo del Barrio’s biennials, coined The (S) Files/The Selected Files (1999, 2000, 2002 and 2005).

Lately, she was part of the curatorial team of the exhibition Caribbean : Crossroads of the World at the Queens Museum of Art, at El Museo del Barrio and in The Studio Museum in Harlem, in New York, USA, 2012-2013 – for which she edited the compilation of the catalogue Caribbean : Art at the Crossroads of the World, with Elvis Fuentes, at the Yale University Press (2012).

Deborah Cullen, before her activites in El Museo del Barrio, workeda lot as a curator for the Robert Blackburn’s Printmaking Workshop in New York.

Within the Museo del Barrio, she curated the following exhibitions : Retro/Active: The Work of Rafael Ferrer (2010) ; Nexus New York: Latin/American Artists in the Modern Metropolis (2008-2009) ; Arte ≠ Vida: Actions by Artists of the Americas, 1960-2000 (2006) ; MoMA at El Museo: Latin American & Caribbean Art from the Collection of the Museum of Modern Art (2004) ; Voces y Visiones: Highlights from El Museo del Barrio’s Permanent Collection (2003) or Here & There/Aquí y Allá: Six Contemporary Artists from San Juan (2001-2002).

In parallel, Deborah Cullen developped her curating activities as an independent :
None of the Above: Contemporary Work by Puerto Rican Artists at Real Art Ways, Hartford, USA (2004) ;
¡Impresionante! Continuity and Change in Puerto Rican Printmaking at the IPC, International Print Center of New York, USA (2004) ;
Creative Space: Fifty Years of Robert Blackburn’s Printmaking Workshop at the Library of Congress of Washington D.C., USA (2002).

She was chief curator for the 3rd edition of the Trienal Poli/gráfica of San Juan in Puerto Rico, El Panal / The Hive (2012).