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Elizabeth Ferrer is Vice President, Contemporary Art at BRIC, a non-profit arts and media organization based in Brooklyn. She is also a curator and writer specializing in Latino and Mexican art and photography. Ferrer has curated major exhibitions of modern and contemporary art for numerous venues in the United States and Mexico, and has written and lectured extensively on topics related to her fields of interest. Exhibitions she has curated have appeared at such venues as BRIC House, the Americas Society, the UBS Art Gallery, and the Aperture Foundation Gallery, all in New York; the Smithsonian Institution, Washington D. C; the Snite Museum, Notre Dame University; and MARCO, Monterrey, Mexico. Other major exhibition projects include traveling retrospectives of such historic Mexican figures as Mariana Yampolsky, Lola Alvarez Bravo, and María Izquierdo, and the establishment of the BRIC Biennial in 2014.
Ferrer has also contributed to authored books for such publishers as the University of Texas Press, the Aperture Foundation, the Museum of Modern Art, and Universe Books/Rizzoli. Her monographic work Lola Alvarez Bravo was a New York Times 2006 Notable Book of the Year. She is currently preparing a major study of Latino photography in the United States.
By constantly referring to and borrowing from aspects of a shared history and tradition, these artists present Mexican history as a force so rich and vital that it visibly shapes not only the culture, but each individual within it.read more »