Gabriela Urtiaga named MOLAA chief curator

Gabriela Urtiaga

Gabriela Urtiaga. Courtesy of Museum of Latin American Art

LONG BEACH, Calif. ( – Dr. Lourdes I. Ramos-Rivas, president and CEO of the Museum of Latin American Art announced today that Gabriela Urtiaga of Buenos Aires has been selected to serve as the museum’s chief curator.

Ramos-Rivas said Urtiaga was selected based on her extensive curatorial expertise specializing in contemporary Latino and Latin American art. She will amplify the international perspective that MOLAA has cultivated through partnerships, major international institutions, and alliances using her professional curatorial trajectory in the museum field. Her tenure at MOLAA will commence on Sept. 3.

Urtiaga comes to MOLAA directly from the Kirchner Cultural Centre in Buenos Aires, which is recognized as one of the most important public cultural institutions of South America, and where she has served as the chief curator. At CCK, Gabriela Urtiaga oversaw the development of innovative exhibitions that contributed to greeting the center’s two million annual visitors and filled the 50 exhibition halls. She also developed exhibition and artistic projects in collaboration with numerous international institutions.

Throughout her professional career she has worked with Latin American and internationally renowned artists such Marta Minujín, Julio Le Parc, Guillermo Kuitca, Tomás Saraceno, Delia Cancela, Rimer Cardillo, Jean Paul Gaultier, Jean Michel Othoniel, Marie Orensanz and Marco Godinho.

Prior to her tenure at CCK, Gabriela Urtiaga was the projects curator and the secretary of culture for the city of Buenos Aires. In this capacity she coordinated contemporary artistic projects and curated international exchange.

Urtiaga completed her degree in art history with a specialization in visual arts at the University of Buenos Aires. She participated in a curatorial residency in the city of Los Angeles. In 2019, she was selected as curator at Curitiba Biennial, Brazil. She is a member of the International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art and of Asociación Argentina de Críticos de Arte.

The Museum of Latin American Art was founded in 1996 in Long Beach, Calif., and serves the greater Los Angeles area. MOLAA is the pioneering museum in the United States dedicated to modern and contemporary Latin American art. Since its inception, MOLAA has doubled in size and continues to expand its permanent collection of Latino and Latino American artist.