Rocío Aranda-Alvarado is Curator at El Museo del Barrio where she has been organizing exhibitions since 2010. She is working on A Brief History of (Some) Things, an exhibition about the persistence of Mesoamerican imagery in contemporary art. She recently organized Antonio Lopez: Future Funk Fashion and !PRESENTE! The Young Lords in New York, as well as editions 2011 and 2013 of LA BIENAL, El Museo’s biennial for emerging artists. She received a Ph.D. from The Graduate Center, CUNY, and an M.A. from Tulane University.

Her curatorial work and research focuses on modern and contemporary art of the Americas. Ms. Aranda-Alvarado is also on the adjunct faculty in the Art History Department at the City College of New York. She has been invited to speak at the Smithsonian Institution, the Whitney Museum, the Americas Society, the National Association for Latino Arts and Culture and has taught art history at local universities.

Her writing has appeared in various publications including catalogue essays for the Museum of Modern Art and El Museo del Barrio, Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, Art Nexus, Review, the journal of the Americas Society, NYFA Quarterly, Small Axe, BOMB and American Art.