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Anna Harsanyi (f)
Cultural Educator in Residence

Herkunftsland: USA
KKA-Residency: 2016

Portrait Anna Harsanyi
Portrait Anna Harsanyi
©Anna Harsanyi
Curator, Educator, Arts Manager
Areas of Expertise: Public Art, Art and Community Engagement, Socially Engaged Art, Art and Social Justice,
Urban Interventions, Museum Education, Curatorial Practice, Contemporary Art in Eastern Europe

Anna Harsanyi is a curator, educator and arts manager. She is the Program Coordinator at New York Arts Practicum, a summer arts intensive focused on experiential learning. She recently completed Hot & Cold: Revolution in the Present Tense, a public art project in Timișoara and Cluj, Romania which presented three artist projects about the 25th anniversary of the Revolution that ended Communism. She has worked in education and public programming roles at the Museum of Modern Art, No Longer Empty, and A Blade of Grass. Anna is currently teaching a class about cultural activism at Eugene Lang College (New School University). She holds a BA from New School University (2008) and an MA from New York University (2012).

Curatorial Experience
Game Night January 2016
Denny Gallery, New York, NY
• Creating a performance series that presents artist-created games in alternative spaces.
• Artists: Sheetal Prajapati, Richie Brown, Bailey Nolan

Hot & Cold: Revolution in the Present Tense
September 2011-December 2014
Timişoara & Cluj-Napoca, Romania
• Curated a public art project comprised of three artist interventions in public spaces in December 2014, responding to 25 years after the end of Communism.
• Secured funds and institutional support: wrote grant proposals, cultivated individual donors, ran a crowdfunding campaign.
• Worked with partner organizations and liaised with local government to gain access to public space.
• Conducted community outreach in order to build a diverse, intergenerational audience for the project.
• Selected the artist teams and oversaw the process of artistic production.
• Managed all marketing and press releases for both print and visual media.
• Artists: Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan, h.arta, studioBASAR

Through the Parlor: Co-Curator (No Longer Empty Curatorial Lab Fellow) September-December 2013
New York, NY
• Worked with a team of co-curators on a site-specific exhibition in a former beauty salon in Chinatown.
• Developed relationships with local schools and community organizations and created public programs.
• Selected artists for exhibition and managed installation of artwork.
• Artists: Heather Hart, Lin + Lam, Sonia Louise Davis, Amos Mac, Miao Jiaxin, Jaye Moon, Megan Mosholder, Shelly Silver, Betty Yu

The Part as the Whole November-December 2007
Eugene Lang College Skybridge Art Space
• Curated an exhibition from the New School University art collection.
• Artists: Mary Miss, Alfredo Jaar and Dayanita Singh, Bill Wurtz, Genevieve Cadieux, John Baldessari, Francisco Clemente

Museum of Modern Art: Curatorial Assistant, Department of Prints & Illustrated Books January-June 2007
New York, NY
• Worked on organizing and researching two exhibitions: Repicturing the Past/Picturing the Present (June-November 2007) and Impressions From South Africa, 1965 to Now (March-August 2011).

Teaching Experience
New School University, Eugene Lang College: Adjunct Faculty September 2015-January 2016
• Teaching and developing a new course titled Reclaimed NYC: Sites of Activism and Community Preservation.
• Developing curriculum and preparing syllabus for undergraduate academic study.
• Organizing and facilitating site visits across five boroughs.
• Creating a participatory classroom where students collaborate on creative projects within the context of cultural activism.
• Encouraging critical thinking and facilitating discussions about weekly readings.

Museum of Modern Art: Facilitator, MoMA Studio October 2013-November 2015
New York, NY
• Shaping visitor experiences at MoMA Studio: an interactive space for experiencing contemporary art with the following programs: MoMA Studio: Sound in Space, MoMA Studio: Breathe With Me, MoMA Studio: Design Interactions.
• Engaging visitors in critical discussions about artworks in the space, art history, and conceptual questions.
• Leading activities for diverse, intergenerational audiences, ranging from mask-making to sound drawing to movement games.

Museum of Modern Art: Facilitator, Yoko Ono: White Chess Set May-September 2015
• Shaped visitor experience through participation in White Chess Set, an interactive artwork by Yoko Ono.
• Engaged visitors in dialogue about Yoko Ono's work, the exhibition and the game of chess.

Bronx River Art Center: Educator, Teen Project Studio April-September 2014
New York, NY
• Wrote curriculum that incorporated practical and theoretical study. Students learned about post-war and contemporary art, with a focus on public art in New York City, while designing their own artworks for public spaces in BRAC's community.
• Organized studio visits with artists, planned and led site visits to museums and alternative spaces.

No Longer Empty: Teen Programs Associate, Y.Dot (Youth Docent Program) September 2011-June 2012
New York, NY
• Developed a teen education program in the Bronx, in conjunction with the exhibition This Side of Paradise.
• Planned curriculum and taught classes for high school students about public art, critical thinking and media literacy.

New York University, New York, NY (2010-2012) New School University, New York, NY (2004-2008)
Master’s in Non-Profit Visual Arts Administration Bachelor of Arts in Art History, graduated with Honors

Other Skils and Relevant Experience
Language Skills: fluent in French and Romanian, intermediate level Spanish
Computer Skills: Microsoft Office, Quickbooks, FileMaker Pro, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Acrobat, Wordpress, Tumblr, Layar
Other Grant Experience: Panelist for NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Multi-Year Non-Performing Arts Selection Panel, June 2013

Published Writing
“Expansive Action", The Calvert Journal, January 2016.
“Hot & Cold: Revolution in the Present Tense, a project of art in public space,” The Piccadilly Exhibition Company, December 16, 2014.
“Join the Conversation! An Experiment in Shaping Online Dialogue,” Artist Files, published by A Blade of Grass, 2013.
“Nobutaka Aozaki,” “Daniel Bejar,” “Alicia Grullon,” “Thomas Allen Harris,” “Heather Hart,” “Kendal Henry,” “Nate Hill,” “Bayeté Ross Smith & Will Sylvester,” chapters in Artist Files, published by A Blade of Grass, 2013.

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