Cecilia Alemani is an Italian curator based in New York. She is currently the Artistic Director of the 59th Venice Biennial. Since 2011, she has been the Donald R. Mullen, Jr. Director & Chief Curator of High Line Art, the public art program presented by the High Line in New York City. Alongside her commitments at the High Line, she served as Artistic Director of the inaugural edition of Art Basel Cities: Buenos Aires in 2018 and was Curator of the Italian Pavilion at the 2017 Venice Biennial.
Over the past 10 years, Alemani has developed an expertise in commissioning and producing ambitious artworks for public and unusual spaces. During her tenure at the High Line, she has commissioned major projects by El Anatsui, Phyllida Barlow, Carol Bove, Sheila Hicks, Rashid Johnson, Barbara Kruger, Zoe Leonard, Faith Ringgold, Ed Ruscha, Nari Ward, and Adrián Villar Rojas, among others. Through these public initiatives, Alemani has sought meaningful civic engagement by galvanizing dialogue, awareness, and a sense of possibility.
Cecilia Alemani's public lecture took place on Tuesday, February 14 at 4:30 p.m. at the Manetti Shrem Museum.
Banner image: Courtesy the High Line. Photo by Liz Ligon.