Independent Consultant | Curator | Writer-Editor | Professor
Carla Stellweg is an independent consultant specializing in Latin American and Latinx art and artists. Throughout her career, she has worked as a museum and non-profit director, writer, editor, curator, and professor. Carla is considered a pioneer promoter and facilitator in Latin American international contemporary art. She was and continues to be instrumental in introducing many young and mid-career artists from Latin America, Latinx-U.S., Cuba and the Caribbean producing conceptual, socially-engaged art in both new and traditional media, either working in New York or from around the world.
Starting her career in the mid 1960s, she was assistant curator for Fernando Gamboa during Expo67 in Montreal, Hemisfair68, San Antonio, TX, the Venice Biennial and Expo70, Osaka, Japan. Then in the 1970s Carla was the co-founder and editor of the first bilingual quarterly avant-garde Contemporary Art Journal at el Museo de Arte Moderno in Mexico, Artes Visuales*. The magazine is even today recognized for its seminal introduction of international, cutting-edge, and conceptual art in an editorial approach that welcomed the offbeat significant visual culture of those times. She has since then published and lectured widely on a variety of topics and significant artists within the field (bibliographical details upon request).
Ever since her move to New York in 1982, Carla established herself as a prime point of contact for all related to Latin American art. After over 35 years of existence, her loft on East Houston Street in SoHo has been a welcoming platform for innumerable Pan-American artists, curators, collectors, and arts professionals at all levels, including: Vito Acconci, Juan Acha, Holly Block, David Bourdon, Estrellita Brodsky, Dan Cameron, Luis Camnitzer, C. Ondine Chavoya, Deborah Cullen, Jaime Davidovich, Cecilia Fajardo-Hill, Luis Frangella, Roberto Gil de Montes, Julieta González, Martha Hellion, Graciela Iturbide, Edward Leffingwell, Pablo León de la Barra, Donna De Salvo, Les Levine, Magali Lara, Anna Maria Maiolino, Ana Mendieta, Marta Minujin, Carlos Monsiváis, Gerardo Mosquera, No-Grupo, James Oles, Dennis Oppenheim, Gabriel Orozco, Catalina Parra, Adolfo Patiño, Francesco Pellizzi, Luis Pérez-Oramas, Taiyana Pimentel, Liliana Porter, Rammellzee, Gabriela Rangel, Mari Carmen Ramirez, Jerry Saltz, Carolee Schneemann, Lowery Sims, Roberta Smith, Edward Sullivan, Elizabeth Sussman, Rufino Tamayo, Joey Terrill, Marcia Tucker, Regina Vater, Cecilia Vicuña, Hannah Wilke, Lynn Zelevansky, and many more.
She is currently a professor in the Department of Visual Critical Studies and Art History at the School of Visual Arts in New York where she teaches a course on What is Latin American & Latinx Art? and she also acts as occasional visiting professor for programs such as the Estudios de Posgrado of the UNAM (National Autonomous University Mexico City - Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas & Facultad de Filosofía y Letras) as well as the Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico.
Since co-founding, directing, and editing the first bilingual contemporary arts journal in Latin America, Artes Visuales (1973-1981), Carla has written numerous published texts on a variety of significant topics and artists of the Americas. She continues to actively work independently in many fields, is open to collaboration, and welcomes you to contact her.
For a list of select contributions, click the button below.
WRITING & EDITORIAL
The Carla Stellweg Collection and Archive contains historically relevant Latin American and Latinx-U.S. art, ephemera, and documentation in addition to an extensive selection of unique and unusual art. In 2010, the Stanford University Library – Special Collections purchased Carla's 40-year professional archive, documenting her curatorial work, writing, and other professional activities. Among the materials are exhibition catalogs, correspondence, publications, photographic materials, and administrative records. It continues to be updated periodically.
In 2015, her collection of ephemera, artists' books, mail art, rare portfolios, prints, magazines, and documentation was acquired by the Museum of Modern Art for several of its departmental collections.
For a list of the various artists previously and currently included in her collection, some of which are available for purchase, click the Artists button below.