Meet Andrea Alvarez
Full Name: Andrea Alvarez
Where do you work: Albright-Knox Art Gallery
What is your job title: Curatorial Fellow
What does your average day in the museum look like: Object and Exhibition Research, Curating, and some clerical duties as assigned.
What (project, initiative, etc.) are you currently working on right now for your museum: Organizing our installation of "We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women 1965-85"
What is your educational background: PhD Candidate in Art History, MA and BA in Art History
What led you to the museum field: I love museums and bringing art to the public view, teaching about historical and contemporary moments through the visual creative articulations made by artists.
What are your earliest memories in a museum: Visiting various museums with family but not understanding much - wishing I could learn more but not knowing how. Feeling it was all inaccessible to me.
Any obstacles you've had to overcome to get to where you are now in the field: All in past institutions: sexism in the workplace, preferential treatment given to men with equal or lesser experience. Abusive leadership with questionable hiring practices and low morals.
How did you overcome these obstacles: Always staying true to what I believe, surrounding myself with allies, and speaking up when it was necessary to do so.
What has been your proudest moment with regard to where you are in your career and the work you do in the field: Receiving my curatorial fellowship and beginning work at this museum, learning that my first project was to be "We Wanted a Revolution" and that I'd have my own exhibition to curate later in the fellowship.
What advice would you give a student thinking about entering the field: Make sure you're ready and willing to make the sacrifices necessary to make it worth the effort. Time, money, relationships all suffer and this can feel stifling if there is any doubt about whether this is what you want to do.
What's next for you in your career: Another fellowship, maybe? Ideally a permanent position somewhere as a curator.
What is your favorite museum to go to other than your own and why: The Hirshhorn. I love their special exhibitions, the building itself, and I never tire of their permanent collection. ✻