Daniela Lieja Quintanar
LACE Chief Curator
Daniela Lieja Quintanar (Mexico City, 1984) is LACE curator since 2016. She works between Los Angeles and Mexico, emphasizing contemporary art and curatorial practices that explore the politics and social issues of everyday life. She is part of the curatorial team of MexiCali Biennial 2018-19, and was recently awarded the Warhol Foundation Curatorial Research Fellowship. She served as Project Coordinator and Contributing Curatorial Advisor for Below the Underground: Renegade Art and Action in the 1990s Mexico at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, Getty PST:LA/LA initiative.
In 2019, she was awarded the Warhol Foundation Curatorial Research Fellowship for the upcoming exhibition Intergalactix: against isolation/contra el aislamiento at LACE, also awarded by the Mike Kelley Foundation. From 2018-2020, she was part of the curatorial team of MexiCali Biennial, where she co-curated three exhibitions in the Mexico-US California region. She served as Project Coordinator and Contributing Curatorial Advisor for Below the Underground: Renegade Art and Action in the 1990s Mexico at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, Getty PST: LA/LA initiative.
In 2016, she worked with artist Teresa Margolles for her contribution La Sombra to the Public Art Biennial CURRENT: LA Water. She organized with LACE La Pista de Baile by Colectivo am, as part of the Getty/Redcat PST: Live Art LA/LA Performance Festival. She curated Unraveling Collective Forms (2019); CAVERNOUS: Young Joon Kwak & Mutant Salon (2018) and co-curated Emory Douglas: Bold Visual Language (2018) El Teatro Campesino (1965-1975), (2017) at LACE.
In 2017 she co-curated a series of exhibition for th Armory Center for the Arts: Between Words and Silence: The Work of Translation and Down and to the Left: Reflections on Mexico in the NAFTA Era and in 2014 Acciones Territoriales Ex Teresa, Mexico City. Lieja holds a BA in Ciencias de la Cultura from the Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana, Mexico City, and an MA in Art and Curatorial Practices in the Public Sphere from the University of Southern California.