Martha Kirszenbaum

Martha Kirszenbaum (b. 1983) is an independent curator and writer based in Paris.

She graduated from IEP Sciences-Po in Paris and Columbia University in New York. After a long-term internship at the Department of Media and Performance Art of the Museum of Modern Art in New York  (2006), she assisted the chief curator of the Photography Department at Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris (2007). From 2008 to 2010, she worked as a research assistant at the New Museum, New York, notably on the exhibitions The Generational: Younger Than Jesus and Brion Gysin: The Dreamachine. She also helped coordinating the catalog Younger Than Jesus: Artist Directory. As an independent curator, Kirszenbaum has organized exhibitions in New York City, including The Seen and The Hidden: (Dis)covering the Veil (2009), NineteenEightyFour (2010) at the Austrian Cultural Forum, the video program Janitors of Lunacy (2011) for the College Arts Association, the group exhibition Grey Peak of the Wave at Harris Lieberman Gallery (2012). In Paris, she curated The Promise (2011) at Galerie Crèvecoeur, and a film and performance program at Palais de Tokyo in October 2012. She was invited to propose a special exhibition Please Close Your Eyes for the 2011 European Culture Congress in Wrocław (Poland) and a parallel project for the 2012 Marrakech Biennale. More recently,  she curated a film program Fetish & Figure (2012) at the Institute for Contemporary Arts / Lux Biennial for Moving Images in London and Tramway in Glasgow, and was among the invited curators of the Curated_by program in Vienna.

She was the 2010 curator-in-residence for New York’s Residency Unlimited, where she organized the exhibition The Missing Link (2010), and completed a curatorial residency at the Center for Contemporary Art in Warsaw (Poland) in the fall of 2010.

Martha Kirszenbaum is currently the guest curator for contemporary art at the Belvedere Museum / 21er Haus in Vienna (Austria), where she is presenting Intervention: Lisa Oppenheim / Agnieszka Polska in November 2012.

She regularly contributes for “Kaleidoscope”, “L’Officiel”, and “Voxpop”, and has recently led seminars on curatorial practices at Université Paris VIII and Parsons Paris.