Isolde Brielmaier

Scholar and curator Isolde Brielmaier is Assistant Professor of Critical Studies in the Department of Photography, Imaging, and Emerging Media at Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. She holds a Ph.D. in art history from Columbia University.

Brielmaier has taught previously at Vassar College and Columbia University/Barnard College and currently oversees the arts and cultural programming at Westfield World Trade Center. Brielmaier has also worked for the Guggenheim Museum, the New Museum, the Bronx Museum of Art, and as Chief Curator for the SCAD Museum of Art.

Brielmaier’s areas of scholarly interest include: global visual culture; race, gender, class studies; social media; technology; contemporary patronage and artistic practice; and the ongoing dynamic between art, artists, and the international art market, as well as the public and private sectors. Throughout her curatorial career, she has collaborated with noted contemporary artists including Ellen Gallagher, Carrie Mae Weems, Uta Barth, Leonardo Drew, Richard Mosse, Fred Wilson, and Bharti Kher, to name a few. Brielmaier has written extensively on contemporary art and culture, including numerous exhibition catalogue essays, journal articles, and reviews, as well as artist books including the first monographs on photographers Zwelethu Mthethwa (Aperture, 2010) and Hector Acebes (University of Washington Press, 2004). She has also developed contemporary art and culture initiatives for the Prospect New Orleans Biennial, the Armory Show/VOLTA NY, and ARCO Contemporary Art Fair in Madrid, Spain, as well as Richard Meier Architects, among many others.

She serves on several boards and is deeply committed to the promotion of arts education, global women’s issues, and criminal justice reform. In October 2015, Brielmaier was invited as a guest to the White House on the occasion of President Obama’s declaration of National Juvenile Justice Month. Among her distinctions, she has received fellowships from the Mellon and Ford foundations, as well as the Social Science Research Council (SSRC).

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