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Deborah Cullen

Deborah Cullen, PhD, is Director & Chief Curator of the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University, New York. In fall 2014, Cullen will curate the first retrospective on printmaker Robert Blackburn (1920-2003) for the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora, at University of Maryland, College Park. She wrote her dissertation for CUNY Graduate Center on the legendary Jamaican-American printmaker. She recently curated Interruption: The 30th Biennial of Graphic Arts (Ljubljana, Slovenia, fall 2013). In 2012, Cullen was Chief Curator of The Hive: The Third Poligraphic Trienal of San Juan (Puerto Rico). Previously, Cullen served at El Museo del Barrio, New York, for over 15 years. As Director of Curatorial Programs, her projects included participating in the curatorial team and co-editing the 500-page anthology, Caribbean: Crossroads of the World (2012); in addition to curating Retro/Active: The Work of Rafael Ferrer (2010, and authoring the monograph Rafael Ferrer for UCLA’s Chicano Studies Research Center), Nexus New York: Latin/American Artists in the Modern Metropolis (2009), and Arte (no es) Vida: Actions by Artists of the Americas 1960-2000 (2008), for which she received a 2006 Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award. Photo: Urska Boljkovac, 2013

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