Isolde Brielmaier, PhD

Isolde Brielmaier is the newly appointed Deputy Director of the New Museum as well as Curator-at-Large at the International Center for Photography (New York). Previously, Brielmaier served for six years as Executive Director and Curator of Arts, Culture & Community at Westfield World Trade Center, a role in which she developed artist projects and installations, cultural events, strategic and community partnerships across the organization. She is also Professor of Critical Studies in Tisch’s Department of Photography, Imaging and Emerging Media at New York University. She serves as Editor-at-Large at Air Mail, Graydon Carter’s new media venture along with several other art journals, and speaks regularly on topics related to art, culture, and social impact.

Throughout her curatorial career, Brielmaier has collaborated with noted contemporary artists including Carrie Mae Weems, Ellen Gallagher, Leonardo Drew, Richard Mosse, Ivan Navarro, Wangechi Mutu, Bill Viola, Hugo McCloud, Fred Wilson, Tyler Mitchell, and Bharti Kher, to name a few. She has written extensively on contemporary art and culture, including several exhibition catalogues, journal articles as well as artist monographs. Her most recent book, Culture as Catalyst (2020), and her forthcoming photography book, I am Sparkling (2022). Brielmaier has developed and contributed to contemporary art and culture programs and platforms for a broad range of organizations including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Peninsula Hotel Group, Valentino, LifeWater, COACH, Richard Meier Architects | SDS Procida, Versace, Moet Hennessy USA, Wilfredo Rosado, Gucci, New York magazine, the Prospect New Orleans Biennial, as well as the Armory Show/VOLTA NY, CIRCA Puerto Rico, and ARCO Contemporary Art Fair (Madrid), among others.

Brielmaier has been profiled and featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Elle, Vogue, Modern Luxury, WNYC Radio, CNN, the Washington Post, Galerie Magazine, Cultured, and Whitewall among others. Previously, Brielmaier has worked for the Guggenheim Museum, the Bronx Museum of Art, and as Chief Curator for the SCAD Museum of Art. She is deeply committed to the promotion of social justice and human rights, specifically global women’s issues and criminal justice reform and serves on the board of the Women’s Prison Association (WPA) as well as an advisor to Malaika, an all-girls school in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Brielmaier holds a PhD from Columbia University and lives in New York City.

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