Kaitlin Garcia-Maestas is the Curator and Director of Exhibitions at Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens, NY, and co-curator of Desert X 2025. Born and raised in New Mexico, her curatorial practice explores themes of displacement, decolonial resistance, and cultural hybridity in the United States and the Americas. For over a decade, she has dedicated herself to advocating for and realizing large-scale, site-specific installations by historically underrepresented and early career artists.

Formerly, Garcia-Maestas was Associate Curator of Visual Arts at the Momentary, the contemporary satellite space of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, where she developed a robust exhibition program focused on site-specific, architectural interventions. While at the Momentary she also oversaw the artist-in-residency program and organized over a dozen exhibitions and outdoor installations, including new commissions by Martine Gutierrez, Matthew Barney, Nicholas Galanin, Xaviera Simmons, and Tavares Strachan.

Recent exhibitions include Mary Mattingly: Ebb of a Spring Tide (2023, Socrates Sculpture Park); Yvette Mayorga: What a Time to Be (2022); Esteban Cabeza de Baca: Let Earth Breathe (2022); A Divided Landscape (co-curated with Neville Wakefield, 2022); Diana Al-Hadid: Ash in the Trade Winds (2021); and In Some Form or Fashion (2021), all at the Momentary. Prior to the Momentary, she held curatorial positions at the Denver Art Museum, the Biennial of the Americas, and MCA Denver.

Press

ArtDaily, November 27, 2022. “Socrates Sculpture Park welcomes Kaitlin Garcia-Maestas as new Curator and Director of Exhibitions