Monday, September 14, 2020

Kiara Cristina Ventura (CAS '18), Curator of the CYBER HEALING Exhibition

This interview was originally published at The Latinx Project at NYU.

Kiara Cristina Ventura (born. 1996) is a Dominican-American Afro-Latina curator, writer, art advisor, and owner of ARTSYWINDOW. Bronx native, Ventura curates spaces highlighting and documenting the works of young artists of color. Ventura’s love for art history began when she interned at The Metropolitan Museum of Art during high school. She then double majored in Art History & Journalism at NYU and graduated in May 2018. Noticing the lack of representation of artists of color in her art history classes and within the larger art world, she responded via writing, curating, and teaching mobile art history classes. She initiated herself as a curator with the exhibition, FOR US. Since early 2019, she has been working alongside curator Larry Ossei Mensah as a mentee, curatorial assistant, and co-curator.

With a love for contemporary art, art history, and spirituality, Ventura is continuing in breaking barriers by independently curating, writing, organizing public programs, and creating digital content. She has curated at The Museum of the African Diaspora San Francisco, The Bronx Art Space, Vis Arts Maryland, Penn State University, The Longwood Gallery at Hostos, The Andrew Freedman Home, and Reparations Club LA. Kiara serves on the advisory board for Bronx Art Space. From August 2019 to May 2020, she started and wrote for Teen Vogue’s first art column, Art School, highlighting the work of visual artists of color through intimate profiles about their experiences, career, and muses. Her writing has also appeared in Art Forum, Performa Mag, Cultured Mag, and more. Ventura’s work has been covered by Art Forum and Art Net.

Kiara Cristina Ventura: Q & A

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Matthew Perry (CAS '19) on the Criminal Justice Nonprofit He Helped Found


Matthew Perry

You were a CAS College Leader and College Captain. Can you talk about those experiences?

I had the amazing opportunity to lead a cohort of first-year CAS students as a College Leader (2017-18), and then got to help plan and administer the College Cohort Program itself as a College Captain (2018-19). I loved both of these roles—the CCP team was incredibly welcoming and developmental, and I’m still good friends with many of my cohort students.  

What did you study at NYU and how did that education shape what you do now?

I majored in Social and Cultural Analysis and focused my studies on the cultural and legal institutions that undergird the carceral state. Now I work for a criminal justice nonprofit—Richmond Community Bail Fund—that I helped found during my second year at NYU. SCA allowed me to critically engage with the root causes of the problems I was seeing in my bail fund work: capitalism and the ideology of punishment. Without that incredibly formative education in my back pocket, my work would be less thoughtful and less effective.

Matthew Perry: his story continues

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Meet Helene Stapinski (WSC ’87), Writer and Former NYU Bobcat

Helene StapinskiHelene Stapinski as NYU Bobcat
Helene Stapinski (WSC ’87), is the author of three memoirs, including the national best seller, Five-Finger Discount.  Her most recent book is Murder in Matera: A True Story of Passion, Family and Forgiveness in Southern Italy. Stapinski previously wrote the Works in Progress column for The New York Times and currently is a regular contributor across all sections of the newspaper. We sat down with her to find out about her experiences as an NYU student, the inspiration for her writing and her advice for incoming students.

What did you study at NYU and how did your education shape what you do now?

I studied magazine journalism. I learned all the basics at NYU and then used those skills and my clips at the Washington Square News and the Courier to get my first job at the Hudson Reporter, a weekly in Hoboken.

Helene Stapinski: her story continues

Monday, June 22, 2020

Esti Blanco-Elorrieta (GSAS ’19, ’20), Forbes’ “30 Under 30" Honoree

Esti Blanco-Elorrieta
Esti Blanco-Elorrieta (GSAS ’19, ’20) was a 2020 Forbes’ “30 Under 30" honoree in the area of science. According to Forbes: “Over half of the population on the planet speaks multiple languages, but little is known about the neuroscience behind that. Blanco-Elorrieta aims to change that. Her research is devoted to understanding the neurobiology of multilingualism, and has led to a critical reformulation of the theoretical framework of bilingual language organization.” She sat down with us to talk about her groundbreaking research and her time at NYU.

Can you talk about your NYU department?

I am a PhD student at NYU's Psychology department, enrolled in the Cognition and Perception program. This is a program that researches a wide range of topics within human cognition, from vision, to memory to language.

What was your favorite memory of your time at NYU?  

It's difficult to choose just one memory, so I will share two. One of the moments that I remember the most fondly is the first time I came to NYU. I came for the open house and there was a polar vortex affecting the North East, so New York City was covered in snow and literally frozen. When I walked past Washington Square Park though and arrived at the department I got a feeling that this is where I belonged.

The second memory is the lunch time discussions that I have shared with my lab mates (now dear friends), where we would take a pause in our busy days to talk about anything from life or science, which made me feel very stimulated and supported.

Esti Blanco-Elorrieta: her story continues