Abrons Arts Center’s Curatorial AIRspace Residency annually supports one New York City-based curator or curatorial collaborative.

Installation view of with Wardrobe: Curatorial AIRspace Residency 2022–23 Exhibition, February 11, 2023 – April 9, 2023. Photograph by Olympia Shannon. Image courtesy of Abrons Arts Center.

Abrons Arts Center’s Curatorial AIRspace Residency, presented in partnership with Artists Alliance Inc (AAI), will provide one New York City based curator or curatorial collaborative with an honorarium, production budget, materials budget, and office space to support the curation of 2 exhibitions.

Curatorial Focus

The word “sanctuary” comes from the Late Latin word “sanctuarium,” which means a sacred place or a shrine. A sanctuary evokes ideas of spirituality and protection yet it also brings forth the idea of a hideaway that suggests an imminent threat.

Abrons’ curatorial focus for our Spring 2024 season is "sanctuary". The 2023–2024 Curatorial AIRspace Resident will curate one proposal based exhibition and the Visual Artist AIRspace Exhibition based on this theme.


Program Components

Eligibility Requirements

Important Dates

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About Organizational Partners

Abrons Arts Center is a program of Henry Street Settlement, a social services agency with nearly 130 years of experience providing front line support to New Yorkers. Since the founding of our Neighborhood Playhouse in 1915, Abrons has been a space for artists of all ages and stages to experiment with and share new ideas.

Artists Alliance Inc is an artist-founded and artist-centered non-profit that provides a free and accessible platform to produce, experience, and understand contemporary art in the Lower East Side–a longstanding epicenter for creative experimentation and cultural diversity. AAI fosters forward-thinking and experimental practices of emerging and underrepresented artists and curators with funded residencies and paid exhibition opportunities, and advocates for art-making that challenges how we experience ourselves and our communities.

2022–23 Curatorial AIRspace Residents

Laura Serejo Genes and Kiyoto Koseki

Laura Serejo Genes and Kiyoto Koseki work together as a curatorial partnership based in New York. They produce exhibitions and programs for specific sites, building upon existing systems to draw new social, material, and historical connections. Laura and Kiyoto each participated in SOMA Summer and the Newburgh Community Land Bank Artist-In-Vacancy initiative where they developed public programs in collaboration with local organizations and businesses. Past projects have been presented outside of art institutions and in venues including Ann Street Gallery, Newburgh; American Medium, New York; Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Cambridge; Time Farm Gallery, Cambridge; Centro Cultural Universitario Tlatelolco, Mexico City; Bienal de las Fronteras, Instituto Tamaulipeco, Tamaulipas; Palácio Nacional de Belém, Lisbon; CAC, Torres Vedras; Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers, Aubervilliers; Etablissement d’en face, Brussels; NSK State-in-Time Pavillion, Venice; and Tokyo Wonder Site, Tokyo.


The 2023–2024 Curatorial AIRspace Residency is co-presented by Abrons Arts Center and Artists Alliance Inc.

Abrons Arts Center’s Curatorial AIRspace Residency program is made possible through the generosity of The Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, and the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation. This program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and support from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

Artists Alliance Inc. (AAI) is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization located on the Lower East Side of New York City. Programming support is provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with support from the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. Further exhibition programming is made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts. We thank the New York City Economic Development Corporation, The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center, and individual supporters of Artists Alliance Inc for their continued support. Special thanks go to our team of dedicated volunteers and interns, without whom this program would not be possible.