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