The Carla Stellweg papers document Stellweg's curatorial work, writing, and other professional activities. Materials include
exhibition catalogs, correspondence, publications, photographic materials, and administrative records.
Carla Stellwe is a curator, art historian, and writer who specializes in the promotion of Latin American art and artists.
Born in Bandung, Indonesia, she moved to Mexico with her family in the late 1950s, where she lived and worked for twenty-five
years. Stellweg received a Bachelor of Arts from Grotius College and was a Master of Fine Arts Candidate in art history at
the University of the Americas, Mexico. Stellweg held a variety of curatorial and management positions throughout her career.
She was the founder and editor of
Artes Visuales, which was the first Spanish and English contemporary visual arts magazine published in Latin America. In 1979, Stellweg
became the deputy director of the newly built Rufino Tamayo Museum. From 1983-1985, Stellweg was the director of the Stellweg-Seguy
Gallery, managing exhibitions and sales. She became the chief curator of the Museum of Contemporary Hispanic Art (MOCHA) in
1986, where she worked on exhibits such as
Rooted Visions: Mexican Art Today. In 1989, she became the owner and director of her own gallery in New York City. The Carla Stellweg Gallery's mission was
to promote emerging and mid-career artists, as well as to provide a gallery space for diverse exhibitions. Stellweg also worked
as the executive director of Blue Star Art Space and as the director of program funding for the Jewish Museum, where she was
in charge of an annual campaign to raise more than 3 million dollars. In 2005, Stellweg became an art history professor at
the School of Visual Arts. In addition to these positions, Stellweg worked as an independent consultant on various projects,
Hispanic Art in the United States: Thirty Contemporary Painters and Sculptors and
The Latin American Spirit: Art and Artists in the US, 1920-1970. Stellweg was a co-author of
The Camera Seduced: Portraits of Frida Kahlo, a book which arose out of her work on an exhibition of the same name. She received a Rockefeller Fellowship in the Humanities,
with the research topic "Exhibiting Practices of Mexican and Chicano Art: Its Funding and Collecting."
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