Erika Hirugami, MAAB

Founder & Chief executive officer of CuratorLove

Picture Courtesy of Aaron Lacy • Background artwork by Knowledge Bennett.

Picture Courtesy of Aaron Lacy • Background artwork by Knowledge Bennett.


Publications

2019 | On Their Backs

2019 | Moment of Silence

2019 | Enrique Castrejon; Cola 2019

2019 | year three

2018 | Impeach Art History 

2018 | Who Owns Contemporary Art?

2018 | Who are museums accountable to?

2018 | Reinventing the Wheel: Museum Diversity and Inclusion for All for AAHLS' History News

2018 | Casa Azul; a glimpse into Frida Kahlo's world for MuSEEum

2018 | In the shadow of History

2018 | Vicente Peris' Shadow as Witness

2018 | year two

2017 | A Desert Playground for MuSEEum

 2017 | Museum Bestie for MuSEEum

2017 | Ephemeral Ethereality for Artsy

2017 | Tea as an Artform for MuSEEum

2017 | Hello, Museum! for MuSEEum

2017 | ArtMuzeo Magazine

2016 | Big Data and Museums for CAM

2016 | BDB Birth of a Global Empire

2016 | Remix at CMA

2016 | Juan Logan: What Do You See?

2015 | CuratorLove

2015 | Intima Introitum

2015 | Pedant Magazine

2015 | 25th Anniversary of Vocations and Prayer

2014 | Flame Magazine

2014 | Pedant Magazine

2014 | La Gente Magazine

2014 | MOLAA Marcela Armas’ Exhibition Catalog

2013 | Bellas Artes Permanent Collection Exhibition Catalog

2013 | MUAC – Zona Maco


Lectures

2019 | Future Art Leaders | CGU

2019 | Coalesce; Latinx Art | UCF

2019 | Living Collections | Sotheby’s Institute of Art

2019 | Monumental Installations | Claremont Graduate University

2018 | Portfolio Critique | Arts Area, Casa Ontario

2018 | … Curatorial Organizations | Sotheby's Institute of Art

2018 | Pathways to Diversity in the Arts Professions | CAA

2018 | Curating your career | UCLA

2017 | "Latinas in LA's Creative Fields"  | Los Angeles Public Library

2017 | "Big Data & Museums" CAM

2016 | "CuratorLove" at SevenX7 | Studio 71

2015 | "Curatorial Practices" at Cuesta College

2015 | CMCI Mural Tour of Venice Beach


Awards & Accomplishments

  • 2019 | GD Fellowship UCLA

  • 2018 | Fellowship of Contemporary Art

  • 2017 | Getty Leadership Institute Summit

  • 2017 | American Alliance Museum Fellowship

  • 2017 | Getty Scholarship

  • 2016 | Activate Arts for LA

  • 2016 | California Association of Museums Fellowship

  • 2015 | FarSited Scholar CSULB

  • 2015 | Kress Foundation Curatorial Fellowship

  • 2015 | Art Table Emergent Professional Award

  • 2014 | Getty Foundation CAM Fellowship

  • 2014 | Sotheby's Institute of Art Fellowship

  • 2014 | Getty Foundation Curatorial Researcher

  • 2013 | Kramer Global Leadership Award

  • 2013 - 14 | President of AHUSA

  • 2012 | SERV Advisory Board

  • 2012 | UCLA Alumni Scholar Award

  • 2011 | UCLA Recognition Award


Other Endeavors

  • 2019 | AHSC Executive Board Member

  • 2019 | CTE Advisory Committee Member LA Academy of Arts & Enterprise

  • 2018 | Curator at 72andSunny

  • 2018 | Curator at Mexican Consulate

  • 2017 | Curator at Tonalli Studio

  • 2017 | Curator at Jai & Jai Gallery

  • 2016 | Plaza de la Raza | Curator

  • 2016 | Venice Family Clinic, Artwalk & Auction | Artist Studio Site Coordinator

  • 2015 | ESMOA | Development Specialist

  • 2015 | Armory Center for the Arts | Researcher

  • 2014 | Getty MUI | Undergraduate Intern

  • 2014 | MOLAA | Curatorial Intern

  • 2013 | UCLA | President of Ahusa

  • 2013 | AHUSA | Foreign Correspondent

  • 2012 | UNAM | Bellas Artes

  • 2011 | UCLA | STOMP

  • 2011 | AHUSA | Technological Liaison

  • 2010 - 2011 | SERV | Board Member

  • 2008 -2010 | SERV | Administrative Coordinator


Erika Hirugami, MAAB

Hirugami is the Founder and CEO of CuratorLove, as well as the Curatorial Director for The KNOW Contemporary. After being a Public Art Curator for the Department of Cultural Affairs in the City of Los Angeles, Hirugami became the Curatorial Director for the Ronald McDonald House Charities. As a Getty Foundation Scholar and a Kress Foundation Fellow she has formed a part of various curatorial teams at museums and galleries across the United States and Mexico, and her written work has been published internationally. 

Hirugami holds an MA in Art Business from the Sotheby’s Institute of Art, in conjunction with the Drucker School of Management and Getty Leadership Institute at Claremont Graduate University. As well as multiple BAs from UCLA in the fields of Art History, Chicano Studies and Mexican Studies. She is currently a Doctoral Student at UCLA, where she challenges the convergence of transnational aesthetics with a special focus on undocumented Mexican experiences.

Hirugami's affiliationsLinkedIn Profile

Exhibitions

2019 | UCF | Coalescence

2019 | Otro Espacio | Denounce

2019 | FOCA | On Their Backs

2019 | Ventura County Museum | Farming Youth

2019 | The KNOW Contemporary | Moment of Silence

2019 | Deutsch | On the Surface

2019 | Raw Gallery, Gloss Gallery | Destruction

2018 | 72andSunny | Pialli

2018 | Vicente Peris Studio | The Conscious State of the Truth

2018 | CuratorLove Offsite | Shadow as Witness

2018 | 72andSunny  "Black Lives Matter, Black Spaces Matter,

           Black Art Matters" - Theaster Gates

2018 | Consulado Mexicano | Colores Campesinos

2017 | TAJ•ART | Subverted

2017 | TAJ•ART | Calyx

2017 | TAJ•ART | Emotive Sensibility

2017 | Tonalli Studio | Solemn Grace

2017 | TAJ•ART | New Reality in Geometric Abstraction

2017 | Jai & Jai Gallery | Glitter Bold

2017 | TAJ•ART | Joshua Abarbanel: It's Only Nature

2016 | Square Gallery | Colourful Greys

2016 | CMA | Columbia, SC | Remix (A)

2016 | MOLAA | Welcome to colonia Libertad

2015 | Marcas Gallery | Transcendental Convergence  

2015 | Marcas Gallery | Santa Ana | Noche de Altares

2015 | Marcas Gallery | Santa Ana | Intima Introitum

2015 | MOLAA | Long Beach | Marcela Armas

2014 | Michael Galerie | Beverly Hills | The Color of Love

2014 | Plaza de la Raza | East Los Angeles | El Velorio

2014 | MOLAA | Long Beach | Distant Parallels (A)

2014 | MOLAA | Long Beach | Fabelo (A)

2014 | MOLAA | Long Beach | Neomexicanismo (A)

2014 | MOLAA | Long Beach | Frida Kahlo, her photos (A)

2014 | UCLA | Contemporary Chicano Fusions

2014 | UCLA | Simply Knot | Sheila Malone

2014 | UCLA | Chingada Madre

2013 | UCLA | Ometeotl | Uninanti & Lepetka

2013 | MAZ | GDL – Mexico | Testigo del Siglo (A)

2013 | MUAC | Mexico DF | Teresa Margolles La Promesa (A)

2013 | MUAC | Mexico DF | ASCO; Elite de lo Oscuro (A)

2013 | MUAC | Mexico DF | Por Amor a la Discidencia (A)

2012 | Bellas Artes | Mexico DF | Manuel Alvares Bravo; Una Biografia Oculta (A)

2012 | Bellas Artes | Mexico DF | Brian Nissen Retrospective (A)

2011 | UCLA | Los Angeles | Art & Revolution (A)


Experience

  • 2019 | Curatorial Director at The KNOW Contemporary

  • 2019 | CAC Artist Award Panelist

  • 2018 | California Community Foundation Fellowship Juror

  • 2018 | San Diego Art Institute C-Note Juror

  • 2017 | CAC Creative place making grant award panelist

  • 2017 | Curatorial Director of Ronald McDonald House of Charities

  • 2017 | Curatorial Director at TAJ • ART

  • 2016 | Engagement Curator for the Public Art Biennial in the City of Los Angeles

  • 2016 | Studio Director at Various Artist Studios

  • 2015 | Founder & CEO | CuratorLove

  • 2015 - 2016 | Curatorial Director | Marcas Contemporary

  • 2015 | Kress Foundation Curatorial Fellow | CMA

  • 2014 - 2015 | Photographic Curator | Galerie Michael

  • 2014 | Curator | El Velorio

  • 2014 | Getty Foundations Curatorial Researcher | MOLAA

  • 2014 | Editorial Research Assistant | UCLA

  • 2013 | Curatorial Assistant | MUAC

  • 2013 | Curatorial Editor Assistant | Bellas Artes

  • 2008 - 2012 | Art Director | Rogationist Publications

  • 2007 - 2012 | Creative Director of Development | Rogationist Fathers

  • 2004 - 2008 | Graphic Artist | Vocations and Prayer

  • 2003 - 2007 | Administrative Liaison | Rog U.S. Delegation


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