Photo: Lisbeth Salas
Jesús Fuenmayor is a curator with more than thirty-five years experience in the field of modern and contemporary art exhibitions and with a commitment to artists, innovative curatorial work, dynamic programming, education and community. From 2017–2019, he served as Chief Curator for the 14th Cuenca Biennial in Cuenca, Ecuador: Living Structures / Art as Plural Experience. As Chief Curator, he chose fifty-three contemporary artists from three continents (the U.S., Europe, and Latin America) that each took up the question of art as lived experience. Previously, he worked as an independent curator and also held positions as Director and Curator of the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation in Miami (CIFO, 2012–2015) and as Director and Curator of Periférico Caracas (2005–2011). In his native Venezuela, he also worked as curator at the Museo Alejandro Otero; advised collections; taught at the architecture school; and prepared exhibitions for international venues, including Apex Art and the Americas Society in New York, as well as the Venice Biennial.
Fuenmayor's other recent exhibitions include the retrospective Eugenio Espinoza: Unruly Supports 1970–1980 at the Pérez Art Museum Miami in addition to Gego: Autobiography of a Line at the Dominique Lévy Gallery in New York. Also in 2015, he curated Impulse, Reason, Sense, Conflict, which focused on abstract art in the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection and foregrounded the collection’s international scope by juxtaposing American, European and Latin American modern and contemporary art. These and other exhibitions included a publication that he conceptualized and that featured distinguished scholars of international contemporary art, among them, Michael Asbury, Manuel Borja-Villel, Sérgio B. Martins, Mari Carmen Ramírez, and José Roca. Fuenmayor also maintains a scholarly publication record. He has edited volumes on modern and contemporary art, including the key reference volume Pulses of Abstraction in Latin America (Turner Libros, 2013). He contributes to volumes on contemporary art in a global context, including Laercio Redondo: Intimacies/Proximadades (Rio de Janeiro: Museu de Arte Moderno, 2016); Kinaesethesia: Latin American Kinetic Art (Getty; Palm Springs Art Museum, 2017); an interview with Lothar Baumgarten for Mousse Magazine Contemporary Art (Milan, 2016); and the Grove Dictionary of Latin American Art.
Fuenmayor regularly lectures and advises in international contexts on collections, curating, and contemporary art. He recently organized a conversation series on the theme “collections” at ArtRio and spoke at the opening symposium for the OsloBiennalen in Olso, Norway. He serves on various nomination and advisory committees, including for apexart International Fellowship program, CIFO, and the PIPA Prize.
“Interview with Chief Curator Jesús Fuenmayor,” by Chrissie Iles, Anne & Joel Ehrenkranz Curator at the Whitney Museum, 2018. Link: https://universes.art/en/cuenca-biennial/2018/fuenmayor-interview
Accumulate, Classify, Preserve, Display: Roberto Obregón Archive from the Carolina and Fernando Eseverri Collection, University Gallery. November 12, 2019–February 14, 2020 | Opening Reception November 15, 7–9pm.
The exhibition travels to the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University in Miami, June 13–September 6, 2020.
Selected exhibitions (* includes publication)
Estructuras vivientes. El arte como experiencia plural (Living Structures / Art asPlural Experience). XIV Bienal de Cuenca. Cuenca, Ecuador, 2018.*
Plural domains: Selections from the Cisneros-Fontanals Art Foundation Collection. Museo de la Ciudad, Cuenca, Ecuador, 2018.
Interruptions: Proyecto Visible. Pinta Projects, Pinta Miami/Mana Contemporary, 2018.
Passages in Art from Venezuela. Special presentation at Pinta, curated with Tahía Rivero, 2017.*
Cayetano Ferrer: Tropos, Faena Art Center, Buenos Aires, 2017.*
Gego: Autobiography of a Line, Dominique Lévy Gallery, New York, 2015.*
Unruly Supports: Eugenio Espinoza, Pérez Art Museum Miami, 2015.*
The Devil is in the Details, KaBe Contemporary, Miami, 2015.*
Time-Sensitive, Pinta Projects, Pinta Miami/Mana Contemporary, 2015.
Impulse, Reason, Sense, Conflict, CIFO Art Space; curated in collaboration with the CIFO staff, 2014.*
Permission To Be Global/Prácticas Globales, CIFO Art Space, Miami and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; curated by Jen Mergell and Liz Munsel in consultation with Jesús Fuenmayor, 2013.*