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Kaitlin Garcia-Maestas

Kaitlin Garcia-Maestas is Curator and Director of Exhibitions at Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens, NY. Born and raised in New Mexico, her research and curatorial interests have primarily explored themes of displacement, decolonial resistance, and cultural hybridity in the United States and the Americas. For over a decade, she has been devoted to the advocacy and realization of large-scale, site-specific installations by BIPOC and emerging artists.

Previously, Garcia-Maestas was Acting Curator of Visual Arts at the Momentary, the contemporary satellite space of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, AR. While at the Momentary she oversaw the artist-in-residency program and organized over a dozen exhibitions and outdoor installations, including site-specific projects by Martine Gutierrez, Matthew Barney, Nicholas Galanin, Xaviera Simmons, and Tavares Strachan. Notable exhibitions include Diana Al-Hadid: Ash in the Trade Winds, In Some Form or Fashion, Esteban Cabeza de Baca: Let Earth Breathe, A Divided Landscape (co-curated with Neville Wakefield), and most recently Yvette Mayorga’s first solo museum exhibition What a Time to Be. Prior to the Momentary, she held curatorial positions at the Denver Art Museum, the Biennial of the Americas, and MCA Denver.