Blaffer Welcomes New Curatorial Fellow Javier Sánchez Martínez
Following an international search, Blaffer Art Museum is pleased to announce the appointment of Javier Sánchez Martínez as the museum’s new Cynthia Woods Mitchell Curatorial Fellow. Sánchez Martínez, who in 2014 earned a master’s degree in curatorial and museum studies from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College (CCS Bard) in Annandale-On-Hudson, N.Y., starts at Blaffer on April 13.
Sánchez Martínez’s recent exhibitions include Set Theory. Antiquities, Montages, Ready-mades (2015) at Ruiz Linares in Granada, Spain; Santiago Torres López. Hymns and Lamentations (2015) at Palacio de los Condes de Gabia, Granada, Spain; The Rhythm That Laughs You (2014) at Flux Factory in Queens, N.Y.; Tom Burr. Screen (2014) at CCS Bard; and The Image and the Animal (2010) at Palacio de los Condes de Gabia, Granada, Spain. He also co-curated the exhibitions Saint-Clair Cemin. Baroque Mirror (2012) and Hans Lemmen (2011) with Omar-Pascual Castillo at Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain.
At Blaffer, Sánchez Martínez will work with director and chief curator Claudia Schmuckli on the organization of exhibitions and publications for presentation at the Museum and subsequent circulation to other venues. He will also serve as the curatorial liaison for projects organized in collaboration with the University of Houston School of Art and the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, designed to foster interdisciplinary collaboration across the performing, visual, and literary arts.
Sánchez Martínez replaces Amy L. Powell, who was recently named curator of modern and contemporary art at Krannert Art Museum at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Underscoring the fellowship’s importance in furthering innovation, experimentation and scholarship in contemporary art, Powell’s upcoming exhibitions Time/Image, an international group exhibition of artworks and films with deep investments in questions of time, and Zina Saro-Wiwa: Did You Know We Taught Them How to Dance? a solo exhibition interrogating self and environment in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria, will premiere at Blaffer this fall (Sept. 26-Dec. 19) before traveling to Krannert Art Museum in 2016.
Prior to his CCS Bard studies, Sánchez Martínez earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts (2005) and in philosophy (2009) from the University of Granada, Spain. He has also worked as curatorial assistant at Frieze New York Sculpture Park in Randall’s Island, N.Y. (2012-13); Art Commissions G.I. at Governors Island, N.Y. (2012-13); and Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain (2010-12).