Participant Profile

Sara Reisman

United States
New York
New York

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. Some exhibitions include In the Power of Your Care, Enacting Stillness, The Intersectional Self, The Schoolhouse and the Bus, featuring works by Pablo Helguera and Suzanne Lacy, and The Supper Club, a solo exhibition by Elia Alba. Recent and forthcoming publications include Mobilizing Pedagogy: Two Projects in the Americas by Pablo Helguera and Suzanne Lacy with Pilar Riaño-Alcalá, co-edited with Elyse Gonzales, published in 2019 by Amherst College Press, and Elia Alba: The Supper Club, co-edited with George Bolster and Anjuli Nanda, published by Hirmer Verlag (forthcoming, April 2019).

Reisman was 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.

Reisman 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 Her research in St. Petersburg focused on artists, collectives, and historical references that express different approaches to social transformation and the conditions of post-revolutionary political landscapes.