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Eriola Pira. Photo: the Vera List Center for Art and Politics.
Eriola Pira. Photo: the Vera List Center for Art and Politics.

Eriola Pira Named Curator of the New School’s Vera List Center for Art and Politics

The New School in New York has announced the appointment of Eriola Pira as curator at the Vera List Center for Art and Politics, a research center and public forum established by the university in 1992. Pira will help develop the institution’s annual Vera List Center Forum, which is set to open in October.

“Eriola brings to the position a broad international portfolio, extensive curatorial experience, and strategic institution-building skills with a particular focus on developing residencies and establishing fellowships,” Carin Kuoni, the center’s director and chief curator, said in a statement. “This will serve us well as we deepen the Vera List Center’s international engagement through the Jane Lombard Prize, build out our fellowships and residencies, and continue structuring the biennial theme and programs as a public research platform and open campus.”

Pira most recently served as director of programs at the New York–based nonprofit Art in General and as curatorial advisor for the 2019 BRIC South Brooklyn Biennial, which is on view until April 7. Previously, she was program director and curator at the artist-founded NARS Foundation, program director at the Foundation for Culture and Society—where she led a network and exchange program between twelve art organizations throughout Central and Eastern Europe—and an editor at Guernica magazine.

Commenting on her new role, Pira said: “I am eager to work with the VLC team, the New School faculty, and students, as well as with the diverse curators, artists, and art organizations in the VLC’s global network to think about the role art can play in our contemporary moment to advance social justice.”