Jesse Bandler Firestone
Curator & Writer


Art as Nexus
*Website Under Construction*


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Select Exhibitions

Upcoming
Co-Curator, a group exhibition on queer and feminist land art (Wave Hill, 2024*)
Lead Curator and Producer, Untitled Mood Lighting by Isaac Pool (Wave Hill, 2022*)
Lead Curator, The Nature of Family Portraits with Destiny Belgrave, SK Lyons, Devin Osorio, Maia Cruz Palileo (Wave Hill, 2022)

*To be publicly announced

Freelance
Plan and execute programs/exhibitions as guest curator for clients including Facebook, Harvard University, BRIC, Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, and VISUAL AIDS.

Curator, Haunted and Whole with Kiyan Williams, Marlon Riggs, Jimmy DeSana, Laurie Simmons, Daniel McKernan, and Bern Boyle (SVA, 2019)
Curatorial Advisor, Bric Biennial: South Brooklyn, 19 artist working in South Brooklyn (BRIC, 2019)
Curator, Tracing Trajectories: Selections from Hoggard Wagner Collection with Carlos Motta, Hunter Reynolds, Jeffrey Hargrave, Heidi Norton, Joe Ovelman, and Esperanza Mayobre (Trestle Projects, 2017)
Curator, Soothing Center 2.0 with Devra Freelander, Cole Lu, Institute for New Feeling (Trestle Projects, 2017)
Co-Curator, Joe Winograd: GIF-IRL (Young At Art Museum, 2016)
Co-Curator, Learning from Donald Judd (Pulitzer Art Foundation and Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts, 2014)

Wave Hill, NYC
Conceptualize and manage all aspects of organizing original contemporary art exhibitions, public programs, outdoor commissions, performances, and artist residencies at 28-acre public garden and cultural center.

Co-Curator, Earth, Wind, And, a group exhibition on queer and feminist land art (2024*)
Lead Curator and Producer, Untitled Mood Lighting by Isaac Pool (2023*)
Lead Curator, Emilie Gossiaux’s solo exhibition (2023*)
Lead Curator, The Nature of Family Portraits with Destiny Belgrave, SK Lyons, Devin Osorio, Maia Cruz Palileo (2022*)
Co-Curator, Water Scarcity with Cannupa Hanska, Tahir Carl Karmali, Lucy + Jorge Orta (2022*)
Lead Curator, David Benjamin Sherry: Earth in Peril (2021)
Co-Curator, Eco-Urgency: Now or Never with Allora & Calzadilla, Sasha Wortzel, Richard Ibghy and Marilou Lemmens, Alexis Rockman, and more (2021)
Co-Producer, In Plain Site: Trisha Brown (2021)
Curatorial Assistant, The Shadow of the Sun: Ross Bleckner and Zachari Logan (2021)
Curatorial Assistant, TJ Shin: M for Membrane (2021)
Organizer, Beyond Sight, ongoing public program designed for visually impaired and partially sighted audiences (2021 – Present)

*To be publicly announced

Open Call Assistant at The Shed, NYC
Provided a range of administrative, managerial, archival, and creative support for the curatorial, production, editorial, design, and press departments as it relates to The Shed’s inaugural Open Call, an extensive commissioning program for New York based emerging artists working across all disciplines. 

Open Call, 52 commissions by emerging artists acrosss theatre, sculpture, opera, and more (2019) 


Expanded Exhibition Chronology
2019

Haunted and Whole: Tracing Queer Lineages, curator, MA Thesis Exhibition at School of Visual Arts, works by Kiyan Williams, Marlon Riggs, Jimmy DeSana, Laurie Simmons, Bern Boyle, Daniel McKernan
Haunted and Whole: Expanded Lineages, curator, VISUAL AIDS Web Gallery, works by artists from VISUAL AIDS registry
Phoenix Lindsay Hall: Lesbian Matters, curator, Trestle Gallery and Lesbian Herstory Archives, works by lesbian identified artists from across the country, featured in Vice, Them.us

2018

Are We in Sync?, co-curator, School of Visual Arts, works by William Aparicio, American Artist, Monika Bravo, Magdalena Dukiewicz, Kristine Eudey, Material Girls, Edwin Isford, Willy Le Maitre, Pedro Mesa, Bridget Moser, Lisa Oppenheim, Phoebe Osborne, Ale de la Puente, Juan Pablo de la Vega, Zhang He Ming
Eco Femmes: Next Nature, lead curator, SVA Project Space, works by Devra Freelander, Pony Express, Whitt Forrester, Emmaline Payette, Andre Springer
New Monuments for a Better Tomorrow, lead curator, NARS Foundation, works by Mattia Casalegno, Peter Clough, Whit Forrester, Catalina Ouyang, Emmaline Payette, Julia Maria Sinelnikova, Andre Springer
How We Come How We Go, lead-curator, Trestle Projects, works by Farideh Sakhaeifar and Tahir Carl Karmali

2017

How We Come How We Go, lead curator, Trestle Projects, works by Farideh Sakhaeifar and Tahir Carl Karmali
Tracing Trajectories: Selections from Hoggard Wagner Collection, lead curator, Trestle Projects, works by Hunter Reynolds, Carlos Motta, Jeffrey Hargrave, featured in Explain Me
The Soothing Center 2.0, lead curator, Trestle Projects, works by Devra Freelander, Cole Lu, Keren Moscovitch, Whitt Forrester, Deric Carner, Institute for New Feeling, Mattia Casalegno, featured in: Galerie Magazine, New York Post, Hyperallergic
Breaking an Image + No New Forms, curator, Trestle Projects, works by Amy Ritter, Jessica Harvey, Jasmine Murrell, Ryan Hawk, Bibiana Medkova, Vicente Vazquez and Useue featured in: ArtNet
Sister Destroyer Lover, curator, Trestle Projects, works by Catalina Ouyang
Through A Honeycomb, curator, Trestle Projects, works by  Katie Torn, JaNae Contag, Juan Camilo Rodelo Vargas, Janne Höltermann, EcoAge (Emmaline Payette + Paula Pino), Laurencia Strauss, Sean Donovan, and Blue Planet Consulting, Featured in: ArtFCity

2016

The Soothing Center, curator, SATELLITE ART SHOW, works by Cole Lu, Institute for New Feeling, Mattia Casalegno, Karen Moscovitch, featured in: Hyperallergic, DigiCult, ArtFuse, ArtNet, ArtSpace, Playboy
Joe Winograd: End User, lead curator, Young at Art Museum
Time_With_Others, curator, Mary Sky, works by Catalina Ouyang, Derek Weisberg, Becky Brown
WaterScapes, curator, FATVillage, works by Laurencia Strauss, Denis Rodriquez, Leonardo Remor
Attempts At Autonomy, co-curator the Projects at FATvillage, works by Mattia Casalegno, Ron Erlih, Noelle Fitzimmons, Katerina Friderici, Jessie Laino, Michael Powell, Laurenci Strauss, Joe Winograd, featured in Sun-Sentinel, Broward New Times

2015
High Tide, lead curator, SATELLITE Art Show, works by Laurencia Strauss, TVGOV, Neil Bender, Mathew Taylor, Deanna Evans Young, Brian Andrew Whiteley, Ana Mendez, WORK/PLAY, featured in Hyperallergic, WideWalls, Tropicult, Miami.com

2014
Strategic Strategies: Hacking the Pulitzer, curator, Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts

2013

Learning from Donald Judd, co-curator and producer, Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts and Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, featured in StlMag