Inés Katzenstein joined The Museum of Modern Art in 2018 as Curator of Latin American Art and the inaugural Director of the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Research Institute for the Study of Art from Latin America. In her role as curator, she helps conceive the Museum’s collection displays, and heads the Latin American and Caribbean Fund, which is dedicated to acquisitions from the region. She has organized two major exhibitions based on the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Gift: Sur moderno: Journeys of Abstraction (2019, with Maria Amalia García) and Chosen Memories (2023). In 2021 she was part of the curatorial team for Greater New York at MoMA PS1.
As director of the Cisneros Institute, she oversees research projects on modern and contemporary Latin American art and a fellowship program. Since its inauguration, the Cisneros Institute has developed a multiyear research project on issues of art and ecology in contemporary Latin America, and it recently began a second project dedicated to studying the relationships between modernity and spirituality in the 20th century.
Prior to joining the MoMA, from 2008 to 2018, she was the founding director of the Art Department at Universidad Torcuato Di Tella in Buenos Aires, where she created and oversaw an educational program for artists and curators, as well as an exhibition program. Previously, she was Curator at Malba-Fundación Costantini, and the editor of Listen, Here, Now! Argentine Art of the 1960s: Writings of the Avant-Garde, published by The Museum of Modern Art in 2004. She holds a master’s degree from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College and a BA from the Universidad de Buenos Aires.
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