Ursula Davila-Villa

Ursula Davila-Villa


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About the Collaborator

Ursula Davila-Villa is an independent art historian working with artists and their families on legacy planning and stewardship. She co-manages the Kurt Kocherscheidt Estate, and has worked on legacy planning with artists such as Frank Bowling, Cecilia Vicuña, Luis Camnitzer, Lorraine O’Grady, Kay Rosen, Carolee Schneemann, Elfie Semotan, and the Estate of Serge Spitzer. From 2012 to 2017 she was a Partner at Alexander Gray Associates where she managed the artistic and operational areas of the gallery. She was Associate Curator of Latin American Art at The Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin from 2005 to 2012, where she established the museum’s first international artist-in-residence program. She curated several exhibitions at the museum, among them The New York Graphic Workshop 1964–1970: Luis Camnitzer, Liliana Porter y José Guillermo Castillo, Eclipses for Austin a project by Pablo Vargas Lugo, Recovering Beauty: The 1990s in Buenos Aires, and The Nearest Air: A Survey of Works by Waltercio Caldas, among others. In 2012 she was co-curator of El Panal/ The Hive: Third Poli/Gráfica Triennal of San Juan de Puerto Rico. In 2008 she curated a mid-career survey of Mexican artist Yoshua Okón at the Städtische Kunsthalle Munich, Germany. Previously, she worked as project and archival researcher for artist Cai GuoQiang at Cai Studio, as public programs assistant at the Guggenheim Museum, as curatorial assistant at Art in General (all in New York), and Manager of International Art Fairs at Galería OMR (in Mexico City). She completed her M.A. in Museum Studies at New York University in 2005, and holds a BA in architecture and urbanism from the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Mexico, Université Laval, Quebec, Canada, and the Technische Universiteit Delft, Netherlands. She has served as a juror for United States Artists, the National Endowment for the Arts, Fundação Iberê Camargo, Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Artist Pension Trust, and the II Texas Biennale. She sits on the board of VisualAIDS, has lectured and published internationally on contemporary art and museum studies.

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