Sara Reisman is Executive and Artistic Director of the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation which is focused on supporting art and social justice through grants to NYC-based non-profit organizations, and organizing exhibitions and public programs at The 8th Floor. She was also the director of New York City’s Percent for Art program where she commissioned permanent artworks by artists including Xu Bing, Karyn Olivier, Ester Partegas, and Mary Mattingly, among others.
Sara curated a two-year series of exhibitions on revolutionary practices in contemporary art. The inaugural exhibition in 2019, Revolution from Without…, featured artists whose works examine human rights through the lens of migration, freedom of expression, and race. Subsequent exhibitions within the Revolutionary Cycles series took up themes like surveillance and the media, family, and labor, among others. Her research in St. Petersburg focused on artists, collectives, and historical references that express different approaches to social transformation and the conditions of post-revolutionary political landscapes.