SPACE2CURATE

SPACE2CURATE is a concept for pop-up art curations, installations and events at a variety of spaces from commercial and residential lobbies to empty storefronts to hotels. The new curatorial platform re-imagines the definition of an art exhibition and where an art exhibition should take place: outside of the white cube gallery space, outside of your home, outside of a museum. Working across multiple art disciplines, with both emerging and established artists as well as galleries, dealers and collectors, SPACE2CURATE will conceive, curate, organize, install, market and present installations for individual artists or group shows for multiple kinds of spaces. Whether intended to help sell the art or conceived in order to highlight and enhance a space, SPACE2CURATE will work to benefit a specific space, New York City and the arts in general. SPACE2CURATE will take advantage of empty overlooked spaces that can detract from a building or a street and transform them to attract attention to the art and the artists and engage with the public at large. Our mission is to enhance community in New York City and beyond by showcasing public art, presenting exhibitions as well as connecting such endeavors with philanthropic initiatives. We believe that SPACE2CURATE will not only benefit the arts and the public but the real estate industry as well.

Give us an empty space, we will curate it.

The Team

SPACE2CURATE was conceived by a New York art curator/advisor and entrepreneur NATASHA SCHLESINGER and an art collector, graphic designer and philanthropist CHRISTINE MACK.

Natasha Schlesinger
Natasha Schlesinger is an award-winning art advisor, curator and entrepreneur, who has worked in the art field for over 25 years. In addition to guiding and advising private and corporate clients and curating multiple exhibitions at New York galleries, Schlesinger has also curated the annual charity auction for the Baryshnikov Arts Center. Schlesinger is a co-founder of the tech platform Artmuse Selects that helps to navigate contemporary art exhibits.
Christine Mack
Christine Mack is a graphic designer, art collector and philanthropist. She is a member of the Collections Council Committee at the Guggenheim Museum and the Chairman’s Circle of the Studio Museum in Harlem. She is a board member of the American Friends of the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, and a founding member of the Nordic Art and Culture Initiative at the Buffalo AKG Art Museum. She is also long-time board member of Child Mind Institute and The World Childhood Foundation, and is actively involved with the Park Avenue Armory and City Harvest.

Exhibitions & Installations

Current Exhibition

“Mother Nature” March 29 – June 5, 2022. At the Core Club, 66 East 55th Street. Viewing open to members and by appointment for non-members.

“Mother Nature” assembles a group of artists whose work acknowledges, observes, documents and celebrates nature and its significance for human existence. When our environment, our planet, our very survival are at stake, we turn to art to focus on nature in all its richness and life-giving forms. The multi-disciplinary artworks in “Mother Nature” reveal and guide us to recognize nature’s beauty, power and life-giving force.

Mother Nature installation at the Core Club
Mother Nature installation at the Core Club
Mother Nature installation at the Core Club

“Reflections on Expectations” February 1 – March 21, 2022. At the Core Club. In honor of Black History month, we presented David Smalling’s inaugural solo exhibition in New York. Originating in Jamaica, Smalling brings its rich visual culture into his work alongside poignant commentary on current cultural context and pervasive social norms of the world that resonate throughout his practice.

Reflections on Expectations installation at the Core Club
Reflections on Expectations installation at the Core Club
Reflections on Expectations installation at the Core Club

“Roaring Back” September 8 – November 1, 2021 at the Core Club. This exhibition focused on energy, optimism and the resilience and renewal of New York City.

Roaring Back Installation at Core Club New York
Roaring Back Installation at Core Club New York
This exhibition was about resilience, renewal, and revitalization now felt throughout New York City. We wanted to shout from the rooftops and declare that we were back! With “Roaring Back”, we hoped that such enthusiastic energy and optimism would resonate with viewers, inviting them to celebrate and enjoy along with the artists and curators of the show.

Art Advisory

Art advisory for the Core Club in 2021 included artists such as: Alexandre Arrechea, Jonathan Paul, aka Desire Obtain Cherish, Hassan Hajjaj, Ryan McGinness, Marilyn Minter and Adam Parker Smith.

Current installation at the Core Club
Current installation at the Core Club
Current installation at the Core Club

As a precursor to SPACE2CURATE, Natasha had conceived and curated three successful exhibitions for the Surrey Hotel, connecting the Surrey’s own permanent art collection to the most relevant themes in contemporary art today.

Mural 'Floating Garden', 2016 by Peter Gerakaris for the Surrey Hotel Roof top.
Mural “Floating Garden”, 2016 by Peter Gerakaris for the Surrey Hotel Roof top.
'Fashioning Art' exhibition at the Surrey Hotel, September 2016-January 2017.
“Fashioning Art” exhibition at the Surrey Hotel, September 2016-January 2017.

SPACE2CURATE has envisioned a wide range of curated art exhibitions and installations that inspire, excite and welcome both New York residents and visitors to our city and highlight its art and art community, while also benefiting the real-estate sector.

Brian Donnelly, aka KAWS, with his 'Waiting' Companion sculpture at The Greenpoint, Oct 2019.
Brian Donnoly, aka KAWS, with his “Waiting” Companion sculpture at The Greenpoint, Oct 2019.
'Waiting' Companion sculpture at The Greenpoint, Oct 2019.
In a joint venture, Natasha and Christine have collaborated to commission public art installations for Mack Real Estate Group in Greenpoint, New York and Downtown, Los Angeles. The renowned Brooklyn-based artist Brian Donnelly, aka KAWS, was commissioned to create a 20-ft tall double figure Companion sculpture called “Waiting” that now standing in front of a new residential tower “The Greenpoint” facing the East River in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Simultaneously, they engaged an LA-based artist Jonathan Paul, aka Desire Obtain Cherish, to design his whimsical sculpture “Lucky Break” for a private park at Aven residential tower in Downtown LA. This wishbone-shaped, large scale sculpture has now become a destination for many people to visit and be photographed with it.

'Lucky Break' sculpture in Downtown LA in Oct, 2019.
'Lucky Break' sculpture in Downtown LA in Oct, 2019.
Jonathan Paul, aka Desire Obtain Cherish, with his 'Lucky Break' sculpture in Downtown LA in Oct, 2019.
Jonathan Paul, aka Desire Obtain Cherish, with his “Lucky Break” sculpture in Downtown LA in Oct, 2019.

Contact

Contact SPACE2CURATE at info@Space2Curate.com.