Visiting Curator Series

Visiting Curators Series Mentorship Program
Central Features Contemporary Art
Albuquerque, NM
February 2 - October 12, 2018

​Independent curator Nancy Zastudil and Independent Curators International (ICI) have partnered to initiate the Visiting Curator Series, a biennial program which brings to Albuquerque a select group of curators to conduct studio visits with multiple local artists over the course of several months.

In addition to studio visits, curators chose one artist to mentor for six months following ​their visit. In-person encounters are made possible through the duration of the program via a travel budget provided to each artist to visit their mentors in their home cities. Collaborations in Albuquerque and the curators’ hometowns are encouraged so that regional partnerships cab be activated or strengthened.

Each curator gives a public talk about their practice, including the artists and the sociopolitical contexts that shape their work. The series raises awareness for the role of the curator, contributes to the advancement and dissemination of contemporary art discourse, making it accessible to a wider public, and sheds light on art movements and curatorial models that are still in formation. Curators also travel beyond Albuquerque during their time in New Mexico to help lay the groundwork for expanding the program in subsequent years.

In addition to the biennial program, the VCS Mentorship serves participating artists and curators in building a network with one another. Following the studio visits, each of the VCS curators chooses one artist they will continue to mentor for the following six months (approximately). Artists may also gain recommendations from their curator-mentors for residency programs and other opportunities as part of this mentorship. In addition to regular conversations, in-person encounters are made possible through the duration of the program via a travel budget provided to each artist to visit their mentors in their home cities. The program is organized following a template from Independent Curators International’s successful partnership with Liverpool Biennial on the Associate Artists program. Information about VCS 2020 is forthcoming.

VCS 2018 was funded in part by Common Field, Fulcrum Fund, and the FUNd at the Albuquerque Community Foundation.

February 23, 2018 - October 13, 2018


Rotem Rozental

Rotem Rozental is the Chief Curator of the American Jewish University in Los Angeles, CA. In this capacity, she serves as the Assistant Dean of the Whizin Center and the Director of the Institute for Jewish Creativity (IJC). Rotem is a photo-historian, writer, and curator. Traversing the domains of technology, media and art, Rotem has been working as a consultant, editor, writer, educator and organizer for international publications, cultural non-profits and organizations, among them Dia:Beacon, The Liverpool Biennial, The Brooklyn Institute for Social Research, and the Jerusalem Season of Culture. Her scholarly and curatorial projects were also supported by Artis, Independent Curators International, NurtureArt and the Center for Jewish History (NYC).  Most recently, she curated the dual exhibition Launch Sites L.A., which expands unto two sites in Los Angeles, several countries and a number of potential universes. Rotem’s writings and academic essays appeared in magazines, journals, and publications such as Photographies, Philosophy of Photography,,, and Uncertain States. Rotem is currently pursuing her Dissertation project, in which she explores the intersections of Zionist photographic archives, the image of the body and the writing of a national territory under the guidance of Prof. John Tagg (Binghamton University, NY).

Julio César Morales

Employing a range of media and visual strategies, artist and curator Julio César Morales explores issues of migration, underground economies, and labor on personal and global scales. He is currently curator of visual arts at Arizona State University Art Museum; was the founder and director for Queens Nails Annex, an artist-run project space in San Francisco from 2003 to 2012; adjunct professor at The San Francisco Art Institute from 2000 to 2012; and associate professor in Curatorial Studies at The California College for the Arts from 1999 to 2010. Morales is an advisor and writer for The San Francisco Quarterly Art Magazine; from 2008 to 2012 he was adjunct curator for visual arts at Yerba Buena Center for The Arts in San Francisco; and was a contributing curator for the Japanese pavilion at the 2013 Venice Biennale. He has curated more than 100+ exhibitions to date. Highlights as a curator include solo exhibitions with Superflex, Suzanne Lacy, Mary Kelly, Nina Beier, Pedro Reyes, Miguel Calderon, Yoshua Okon, Koki Tanaka, Pablo Helguera and retrospective exhibitions of George Kuchar and Miguel Angel Rios with group exhibitions including Bay Area Now Triennale and The Jumex Collection. ​Morales has received grants for curatorial projects from The Rockefeller Foundation, National Endowment for The Arts, Jumex Foundation, and the Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation among others. Morales’ artwork has been shown nationally and internationally. Morales’s visit was organized in partnership with ICI, with financial support provided by The Fulcrum Fund and The FUNd at the Albuquerque Community Foundation.

Humberto Moro

Humberto Moro (b. Guadalajara, 1982) is Deputy Director and Senior Curator at Museo Tamayo in Mexico City; Curator at EXPO Chicago; and Adjunct Curator at the SCAD Museum of Art in Savannah, Georgia, where he has organized solo exhibitions by Glen Fogel, Mario Navarro, Oliver Laric, Liliana Porter, Cynthia Gutiérrez, Pia Camil, Mariana Castillo Deball, Tom Burr, Yang Fudong, FOS, AES+F, Mark Wallinger, Isaac Julien, and Anna Maria Maiolino, among others. Moro was curator of New Proposals and SAMPLE, sections at ZONA Maco, Mexico City. Moro has previously held positions at the Park Avenue Armory in New York and Museo Jumex in Mexico City. He was the recipient of the 2016 Estancias Tabacalera Research Award for Latin-American curators, Madrid, Spain, and was part of the 7th Gwangju Biennale International Curator Course, in Gwangju, South Korea. Moro holds a BFA in Painting from the Universidad de Guanajuato, Guanajuato; and a MA in Curatorial Studies by the Center for Curatorial Studies (CCS), Bard College, New York.

Patricia Cariño Valdez

Patricia Cariño Valdez is an independent curator and project manager based in Oakland, CA. Her current projects include: curating Super Sarap at Erica Broussard Gallery (Formerly Gallery 6/6/7) in Santa Ana, CA; developing public programs related to special exhibitions such as The World of Charles and Ray Eames and Queer California: Untold Stories at the Oakland Museum of California; and researching and writing as part of Casa de Palomitas, a collaborative research and writing project with Cesar Valdez. She formerly served as the Curator and Director of Public Programs at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in California. While there, she developed public engagement initiatives including ICA Live!, a performance art program, and Talking Art, a series of panel discussions and artist lectures, portfolio reviews, and workshops. Prior to the ICA, Valdez created public programs that were invested in the the intersection of arts and sciences at the Exploratorium in San Francisco. Additionally, Valdez worked closely with a San Francisco art advisor to help build and expand private art collections throughout the U.S.  Her curatorial projects have been held at the San Francisco State University, Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts (San Francisco, CA), Asian Contemporary Arts Consortium (San Francisco, CA), Oakland Museum of California, Pro Arts (Oakland, CA), California College of the Arts (San Francisco, CA), and numerous independent galleries and art spaces in the Bay Area. In 2016, she was selected to participate in the Independent Curators International Curatorial Intensive in Manila, Philippines. She was born in Manila and grew up along the West Coast of the U.S. Valdez earned a BA in History of Art from the University of California, Berkeley and an MA in Curatorial Practice from the California College of the Arts.

Fatemeh Baigmoradi

Born and raised in Iran, Fatemeh Baigmoradi explores issues of identity, nationality, and their dialogs in societies. Her thesis work It’s Hard to Kill received CENTER’s 2018 Director’s Choice Award, third place in the LensCulture Exposure Awards of 2018, and was chosen as one of the finalists in the Photolucida 2017 Critical Mass competition; a selection was presented at the Arles Festival in 2017 and the London Photo in 2018. Baigmoradi received her Master of Fine Arts in photography at University of New Mexico in 2017, and in 2008 she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography at University of Tehran.

Szu-Han Ho

Szu-Han Ho’s work in sculpture, performance, installation, and text addresses the practice of exchange through diverse forms of collaboration. Recent projects include BORDER TO BAGHDAD, an exchange between artists from the US-Mexico border and Baghdad, Iraq; The Mirror Duet, a series of performances based on W.A.Mozart’s Der Spiegelkanons; and Shelter in Place, a sculptural installation and performance originating from trauma and personal histories. Szu-Han lives and works in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Apolo Gomez

Apolo Gomez (b. Austin, TX) received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art with a focus in photography from the University of New Mexico. His work has been exhibited at spaces including the Colorado Photographic Arts Center, Denver, CO; University of Art, Hamilton & Arronson Galleries, Philadelphia, PA; and the National Hispanic Cultural Center Art Museum, Albuquerque, NM. Gomez is currently working as a Studio Assistant for Judy Chicago and Donald Woodman.

Nora Wendl

Nora Wendl is a writer, artist and educator who uses disciplinary strategies drawn equally from historiography, creative writing, visual art, and architecture to amplify overlooked or suppressed narratives within the built and unbuilt environment. In 2018, she is artist-in-residence at Santa Fe Art Institute. In 2017, she was awarded a seat at Tin House Writers Workshop to workshop her current manuscript, Glass. Nora holds the position of Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of New Mexico.

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