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2022 Curatorial Research Fellow: Risa Puleo

Photo credit: Gonzalo Reyes Rodriquez.

Photo credit: Gonzalo Reyes Rodriquez.

Risa Puleo seeks to challenge the medium of public art and envision Indigenous pasts, presents, and futures with ephemeral installations centered around Sugarloaf Mound (the oldest human-made structure in St. Louis, Missouri) and a curatorial intervention addressing the deterritorialization written into city street signs.

Risa Puleo is an independent curator and one of a team of curators organizing the 2023 Counterpublic Triennial in St. Louis. Her exhibition Walls Turned Sideways: Artists Confront the American Justice System, curated for The Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston and hosted by Tufts University Art Gallery, mapped the relationship of the prison to the museum. Monarchs: Brown and Native Contemporary Artists in the Path of the Butterfly conceptually redrew settler-imposed boundaries to reconnect the Americas as continuous indigenous land. Monarchs was curated for Bemis Center for Contemporary Art during her year as the inaugural curator-in-residence, and traveled to the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, Blue Star Art Space and Southwest School of Art in San Antonio, The Nerman Art Museum in Overland Park, Kansas. Puleo has Master’s degrees from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College and Hunter College and is a doctoral candidate in Northwestern University’s art history program. She has written for Art in AmericaArt PapersArt 21Asia Art Pacific, Hyperallergic, Modern Painters, and other publications. 


This Curatorial Research Fellowship is made possible by the Marian Goodman Gallery Initiative in honor of the late Okwui Enwezor, with additional support from ICI's Board of Trustees and Leadership Council.

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Risa Puleo

Risa Puleo is an independent curator and one of a team of curators organizing the 2023 Counterpublics Triennial in St. Louis.