About Faena Art
FAENA ART is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that houses and produces post-disciplinary and time-based experiences. A catalyst for innovative, site-specific, and immersive creative practices, Faena Art is a transformative bridge across the Americas, between the south and the north, the popular and the experimental. Faena Art fosters new models for performative social interaction that transcend the traditional boundaries of art, science, philosophy, and social practice. Ximena Caminos is the Artistic Director and Chair of Faena Art.
In order to ensure a focus on international and transdisciplinary collaborations, we convened the Faena Circle, an international advisory committee of arts professionals with diverse backgrounds who advise on the programming, vision, and direction for this new cultural epicenter in the heart of the Faena District Miami Beach. The Faena Circle includes Carlos Basualdo (Keith L. & Katherine Sachs Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art), Caroline Bourgeois (Curator, Pinault Collection), Gonzalo Casals (Director, Leslie – Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art), and Alan Faena (Founder and President, Faena).
FAENA ART BOARD
Ximena Caminos / Chair
Gita Shamdasani / Vice-Chair
Neisen Kasdin / Secretary
Macha Le Blanc / Treasurer
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Santiago Rodríguez Tarditi
Given their spatial features, unique in Argentina and in Miami Beach for their size and style, Faena Art Center and Faena Forum call on local and international artists, designers and film-makers to plan site-specific works that interact not only with their monumental architecture, but with the cultural and urban conditions that make up their immediate context.
Faena Art Center
Ximena Caminos is Artistic Director and Chair of Faena Art and Executive Director of Faena Forum Miami Beach and Faena Art Center Buenos Aires. Caminos founded Faena Art, a nonprofit organization that provides a conceptual framework for time-based and performative cultural practices. In addition, as Partner and Creative Director of Faena, she has made art and culture the foundation of all its endeavors in order to successfully bridge culture, community-building and urban development. Caminos is a member of the New Museum Leadership Council and a Founding Member of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum’s Latin American Circle.
Carlos Basualdo is the Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where he oversees the Museum’s Department of Contemporary Art. He was the lead organizer of Bruce Nauman: Topological Gardens that represented the United States at the 2007 Venice Biennale, and where it was awarded the Golden Lion for Best National Participation. He was also part of the curatorial teams for Documenta11, the 50th Venice Biennale, and conceived and curated Tropicalia: A Revolution in Brazilian Culture, which traveled from the MCA Chicago to the Barbican Gallery in London (2004/2005) as well as the Bronx Museum in New York and the Museu de Arte Moderna in Rio de Janeiro (2006/2007). From 2010 until 2013, he worked as Curator at Large at MAXXI Arte, in Rome, Italy.
Caroline Bourgeois is the curator of the Pinault Collection in Paris and has organized numerous exhibitions around the world, such as Passage du temps (2007) at Lille’s Tripostal, Un certain état du monde (2009) at the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture in Moscow, Qui a peur des artistes? (2009) in Dinard, À triple tour (2013) at the Conciergerie in Paris. In Venice she has curated In Praise of Doubt (2011-2013), Prima Materia (2013-2014) with Michael Govan, and Slip of the Tongue (2015) in collaboration with Danh Vo, and Accrochage at Punta della Dogana, and The World Belongs to You (2011), Madame Fisscher (2012), Voice of Images (2012-2013), The Illusion of Light (2014-2015) and Martial Raysse (2015) at Palazzo Grassi.
Gonzalo Casals has been exploring cultural strategies that foster belonging and empowerment. His experience ranges from innovative programming design, authentic engagement strategies, to progressive cultural policy. His work as Deputy Director at New York’s El Museo del Barrio, and as VP of Programs at Friends of the High Line, involves cultural strategies that foster belonging and empowerment, build equity and social capital, and inspire civic participation. The Leslie–Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in New York has recently appointed Gonzalo Casals as its new director.
Alan Faena is a revolutionary at heart and one of the most visionary leaders in South America. A modern impresario, Faena has made an indelible mark across a range of industries including hospitality, fashion, art, real estate and urbanism. Since 2000, Alan Faena has collaborated with Len Blavatnik, a businessman and philanthropist with global interests in natural resources, media, entertainment, telecommunications and real estate; together they have transformed an abandoned stretch of property, the docklands of Puerto Madero in Buenos Aires, into one of the city’s most valuable pieces of real estate. In 2004, Faena created Faena Hotel Buenos Aires and since opening its doors, the urban resort has redefined the experience of travel by merging the elements of art, culture, entertainment, sustainable architecture and cutting-edge technology. Faena’s success in Buenos Aires and Miami has consolidated the company’s expertise in urban development.