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José Esparza Chong Cuy Named Executive Director and Chief Curator of Storefront for Art and Architecture

The Storefront for Art and Architecture, the experimental New York exhibition space and platform for emerging ideas in the fields of contemporary art and architecture, has appointed José Esparza Chong Cuy as its next executive director and chief curator. Esparza Chong Cuy comes to the organization from the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA), where he has served as associate curator since 2016.

“We are thrilled to welcome José to the helm of Storefront, the very institution where he began his curatorial career over a decade ago,” Charles Renfro, president of Storefront’s board of directors, said in a statement. “Since then, he has established himself as an innovative thinker working across disciplines in some of North America’s most prestigious cultural institutions.”

During his tenure at the MCA, Esparza Chong Cuy curated solo exhibitions of works by Tania Pérez Córdova and Mika Horibuchi, and organized a major commission by Federico Herrero. He is also currently organizing a solo exhibition of work by Jonathas de Andrade and a major retrospective of the work of Lina Bo Bardi, which he will continue to oversee as curator.

Prior to joining the MCA, Esparza Chong Cuy served as associate curator at Museo Jumex in Mexico City, where he collaborated with artists and architects such as Alexandra Bachzetsis, LANZA Atelier, N.A.A.F.I, and Pedro Reyes, among others; as cocurator of the 2013 edition of the Lisbon Architecture Triennial; and ​as contributing editor at Domus ​magazine. He also previously worked as a research fellow at the New Museum and a curatorial associate at the Storefront for Art and Architecture.

Commenting on his return to the institution, Esparza Chong Cuy said: “Storefront for Art and Architecture has shaped me both personally and professionally in more ways than I can convey. It was a launching pad for my career, and it is a true honor and privilege to be a part of its future. . . . Throughout the years, [Storefront’s] founding mission has created and produced unique perspectives and understandings of the built environment to a broad range of audiences. Through my directorship, I will strive to carry on this legacy by continuing to build bridges across contexts and disciplines to provide new tools to navigate the complex world we live in.”

Esparza Chong Cuy succeeds Eva Franch i Gilabert, who left the organization to become the director of the Architectural Association in London earlier this year. He will take up the post on November 1.