Lia Gangitano is the winner of the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College’s 2018 Audrey Irmas Award for Curatorial Excellence. The annual $25,000 prize is granted to “individuals who have defined new thinking, bold vision, and dedicated service to the field of exhibition practice.” Previous recipients include Marcia Tucker, Alanna Heiss, Okwui Enwezor, Thelma Golden, Lucy Lippard, Helen Molesworth, and Hans Ulrich Obrist.
Gangitano founded Participant Inc., a New York arts nonprofit through which she has organized exhibitions by Kathe Burkhart, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, and Virgil Marti. She has also worked as a curatorial advisor at MoMA PS1 in Long Island City and as a curator at the now-defunct Manhattan gallery Waxing Thread. Gangitano serves on the boards of Dirty Looks and Primary Information, and she teaches in the curatorial studies program at Bard.
Tom Eccles, executive director of CCS at Bard, said that Gangitano was selected for the award in part for being “a curatorial pioneer presenting artists and artwork that have often been marginalized.”