Jimena Acosta Romero
Contemporary art and design curator

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Jimena Acosta Romero (Mexico City, 1972) is an independent curator focusing on contemporary art and design.

She holds a MA in Curatorial Studies from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College and a BA in Art History from Universidad Iberoamericana. She has curated shows for museums and galleries such as the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Torino, MUAC in Mexico City or the A+D Gallery in Chicago.

She also writes in magazines such as Arquine, La Tempestad and Código 06140, and teaches at Centro de Diseño, Cine y Televisión in Mexico City.

   
Diseño Piloto

Solidarity

Averill and Bernard Leviton A+D gallery,
Chicago, 2012

Solidarity examines images in contemporary and historical art and design that are instrumental in communicating a common desire for social change and aid in creating political cohesion.

Included artists: R.Black, Emory Douglas, Shepard Fairey, Forkscrew Graphics, Coco Fusco, Mark Tribe, Tzortzis Rallis and Lazarous Kakoulidis, Edgar Orlaineta, Andrea Salvino,  and Jeff Widener, and features graphic work from the Mexican student movement's in 1968

More information about the project is available HERE

Diseño Piloto

Diseño Piloto
(Pilot design)

Diseño Piloto is the name of the installation by Jimena Acosta, Andrés Altesor, Emiliano Godoy, Antonio Gurrola and Rodolfo Samperio for the exhibition Asteroide B-612, Environmental Balances and Regenerative Design at the Modern Art Museum in Mexico City.

Within this installation, a project with the same name –Piloto– is presented. The project focuses on the design of systems for manufacturing surfaces using offcuts from the furniture industry, which tend to have widely differing formats, sizes and other characteristics.

The exhibition will be on show until September, 2010.

More information about the project is available HERE

A seis

A seis

A-seis is a forum dedicated to reflecting and writing about design, mainly within a Mexican context but also in relation to the international scene. In addition to being a blog, A-seis also publishes works on design. The topics and authors that will be commented on by A-seis will be wide-ranging, with emphasis on local practice.

A-seis was founded by Jimena Acosta Romero and Antonio Gurrola, and went online in May, 2010.

www.a-seis.com

Bellagio

Reasons not to be pretty: symposium on design, social change and the 'museum'

The Bellagio Center, Rockefeller Foundation, Bellagio, Italy
April 11 - 13, 2010

Jimena Acosta Romero recently participated in a Design Symposium at the Rockeffeller Foundation's Bellagio Center in Italy. The event was produced by Winterhouse, with support from the Rockefeller Foundation, and its aim was to discuss the notion of design for social change, its various forms and manifestations, and how best to exhibit, acquire, and preserve its artifacts in museum and non-museum contexts.

You can read a report of this symposium written by Allan Chochinov and published by Core 77 HERE

artissima

Present Future - Artissima 2009

Lingotto Fiere, via Nizza 280/294, I - 10126 Torino
November 6 - 8, 2009

For eight years now, Present Future has been an important launching pad for the latest generation of emerging talents. A unique event in the panorama of art fairs in Italy, Present Future is a showcase for the public and critics alike, where they can discover the latest trends on the international art scene. With a team of curators who carefully examine studios and galleries halfway round the world, Present Future has always set its sights on the most advanced frontiers of research.

Download a Present Future publication by Mousse HERE

The Present Future team of curators 2009 consists of:
Jimena Acosta Romero, independent curator, Mexico City
Adam Carr, independent curator and writer, London
Simone Menegoi, independent curator, Verona
Aurélie Voltz, independent curator, Berlin

Criteria

Criteria

Averill and Bernard Leviton A+D gallery,
Chicago, 2009

CURATORS: Jimena Acosta and Emiliano Godoy
Included authors: Siri Brekke, Edward Burtynsky, Dante Busquets, goldiechiari, Máximo González, Aylin Kayser and Cristian Metzner, Jason Middlebrook, MINE™, Paolo Pennuti, Diego Pérez, Ricochet Studio, Britta Riley and Rebecca Bray, Ariel Rojo, Vitamin, Uli Westphal, Craig Zucker

This exhibition is about sustainability, and about humanity and its incapability to sustain its habits and culture for future generations. The works in Criteria thrust the visitor outside of his/her comfort zone, outlining the main contradiction between the views portrayed in the exhibition and our preconceived notions of progress and wealth. Criteria puts under scrutiny an aesthetic in art and design that unveils a common awareness on contemporary environmental and social conditions.

Las líneas de la mano - MUAC

Las líneas de la mano
(The lines of the hand)

Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo MUAC,
Mexico City, 2008

CURATOR: Jimena Acosta
Included artists: Fiona Banner, Bureau of Inverse Technology, Mircea Cantor, Máximo González, Mark Lombardi, Jorge Macchi, Julie Mehretu, Moris, Bruce Nauman, Edgar Orlaineta, Diego Pérez, Ada Ruilova, Tom Sachs, Santiago Sierra

Jimena Acosta brings together the work of artists from different regions that provide a platform for the examination and investigation of the social, political and aesthetic complexities of contemporary experience. The artists unveil the mechanisms of present-day capitalism while subverting the aesthetic canons related to contemporary artistic consumption.

Transit cases: chairs from Mexico

Transit cases: chairs from Mexico

Kunstindustrimuseet, Copenhagen, 2010
Design Museum, Brussels, 2010
Design Week Eindhoven, Eindhoven, 2009
Embajada de México en Berlin, Berlin, 2009
Instituto de México en España, Madrid, 2008
Centro Cultural Universitario en Tlatelolco, Mexico City, 2008

CURATORS: Jimena Acosta, Emiliano Godoy, Renata Fenton
Included authors: Adriana Domínguez, Yesica Escalera, Héctor Esrawe, Ezequiel Farca, Héctor Galván, José García Torres, Marlies Gelens, Emiliano Godoy, Mathias Goeritz, Ernesto Gómez Gallardo, Bernardo Gómez-Pimienta, Óscar Hagerman, Mauricio Lara, Cecilia León de la Barra, Daniel Mont, NEL colectivo, Edgar Orlaineta, Liliana Ovalle, Abraham Peyret, Clara Porset, Luis René Quintero, Dení Reye, Kanya Rodríguez, Karla Vázquez

Exhibition on contemporary Mexican design, including 23 chairs from different authors, created for the Ministry of Foreign Relations.

Inscrizioni

Inscrizioni
(Inscriptions)

Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo,
Palazzo Re Rebaudengo at Guarene d'Alba, 2007

CURATOR: Jimena Acosta
Included artists: Carola Bonfili, Enriva Cavarzan, Lara Favaretto, Paolo W. Tamburella, Alessandro Piangiamore and Wolfgang Berkowski

Through different strategies, the artists in Inscriptions reveal the cultural and productive specificities inscribed on an object or place. Carola Bonfili, Enriva Cavarzan, Lara Favaretto and Paolo W. Tamburella employ an archeological strategy by reclaiming life's disposed, abandoned and lost commodities; while Alessandro Piangiamore and Wolfgang Berkowski, dislocate the iconography of cities and landmarks through subtle but powerful gestures, which they document in photography and video

Juego escultórico para una esquina

Juego escultórico para una esquina
(Sculptoric play for a corner)

Lado B, MUCA campus
Mexico City, 2006

CURATOR: Jimena Acosta
Site specific project by Diego Teo

Historia Paralela

Historia paralela: la silla Ciudad Universitaria
(Side Story: the University’s Chair)

Lado B, MUCA campus
Mexico City, 2006

CURATOR: Jimena Acosta
Site specific project by Edgar Orlaineta

Side Story: the University’s Chair is a site specific project by Edgar Orlaineta (Mexico, 1972), inspired by the modernist architecture of the University’s campus. The artist uses drawing and three-dimensional modelling to design a primary element –a chair– which, when considered as a sculptural interpretation of the design process, generates a site-specific architectural space.

 

Heidrun Holzfeind

[Im]previsible

Lado B, MUCA campus
Mexico City, 2005

CURATOR: Jimena Acosta
Selection of works by Heidrun Holzfeind

Desde el cuarto de edición

Desde el cuarto de edición
(From the editing room)

Lado B, MUCA campus
Mexico City, 2005

CURATOR: Jimena Acosta
Included artists: Dara Birnbaum, Coco Fusco, Harun Farocki and Tracey Moffat

As its name implies, Lado b (b side) aimed to be the dynamic and younger side of a mainstream institution. Lado b was created in summer 2005 as an exhibition strategy for site-specific works, community based projects and video programs. Lado b opened with Desde el cuarto de edicion (From de Editing Room).

 

Who Laughed?

Who laughed?

Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College
Annandale on Hudson, New York, 2003

CURATOR: Jimena Acosta
Included artists: Christian Jankowski, Jonathan Hernández, Diego Gutiérrez

The works in this exhibition are the product of the artists’ interventions into public spaces and into the principles of order and stability such spaces rely upon to exist and function. Jonathan Hernández, Diego Gutierrez and Christian Jankowski challenge the logic of each space, weather that space is a street, an office building or an art Biennale. Humor underlies these interventions in a variety of ways. It exists in the artists’ attitude, in the reactions of the people affected, or as an aesthetic experience for the viewer who can be, for a moment, the artists’ accomplice.

More information about the project is available HERE

Too much joy

Too much joy: re-visiting the pattern and decoration movement

Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College
Annandale on Hudson, New York, 2002

CURATORS: Jimena Acosta Romero, Robert Blackson, Amaya de Miguel Sanz, and Kelly Taxter.
Included artists: Brad Davis, Valerie Jaudon, Robert Kushner, Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt, Kim MacConnel, Elizabeth Murray, Judy Pfaff, Rodney Ripps, Ned Smyth, Robert Zakanitch, Joe Zucker, Joyce Kozloff and Miriam Schapiro

The exhibition is a survey of works that came to critical and commercial success in the late 1970s and early 1980s, yet frequently go without mention in recent art history. Drawing on the Marieluise Hessel Collection's exceptional representation of works from the movement, the exhibition includes paintings, sculptures, and other works.