José Esparza Chong Cuy, “Building Cycles”

curator José Esparza sitting at a table.

This lecture will look into the life cycle of exhibitions, institutions, and buildings through a selection of projects Esparza Chong Cuy has been involved in over the last decade.


José Esparza Chong Cuy is the newly appointed Executive Director and Chief Curator at Storefront for Art and Architecture. He will be assuming this position on November 1st, 2018 after stepping down from his current role as the Pamela Alper Associate Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA), which he joined in 2016. At the MCA, he recently co-organized a major collection exhibition to celebrate the museum’s 50th anniversary and curated solo shows of Tania Pérez Córdova and Mika Horibuchi, as well as a major commission with Federico Herrero. Esparza Chong Cuy will continue to oversee as curator a solo exhibition of Jonathas de Andrade, a collection show of recent acquisitions, and a large-scale retrospective on the life and work of Lina Bo Bardi, co-organized with the Museu de arte de São Paulo and the Museo Jumex in Mexico City. Prior to the MCA, Esparza Chong Cuy was Associate Curator at the Museo Jumex. From 2007-2012 he lived in New York and held positions as Curatorial Associate at Storefront for Art and Architecture, Research Fellow at the New Museum for Contemporary Art, and contributing editor at Domus magazine. In 2013 he was Co-Curator of the Lisbon Architecture Triennial, titled Close, Closer. He is a graduate of Columbia University’s M.S. in Critical, Curatorial, and Conceptual Practices in Architecture.

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