Frances Wu Giarratano Appointed Director of Exhibitions of the American Federation of Arts

New  York, NY (November 28, 2017) The American Federation of Arts has appointed Frances Wu Giarratano as Director of Exhibitions. She is joining the AFA team at its New York headquarters where, among other things, she will be responsible for shaping the AFA’s exhibitions program and building national and international institutional partnerships.

According to Pauline Willis, Director and CEO of the American Federation of Arts, “Fran’s extensive experience with traveling exhibitions and national and international initiatives, as well as her deep understanding of global contemporary art, will allow the AFA to bring exhibitions of the world’s diverse and enriching artistic expressions to even more communities across the globe.”

Frances Wu Giarratano was most recently the Deputy Director at Para Site, Hong Kong, where she was responsible for the growth of Hong Kong’s leading and longest-running contemporary art space. Prior to that, she was the Associate Director of Exhibitions at Independent Curators International (ICI), New York. While at ICI, she oversaw all aspects of the organization’s touring exhibitions program. She worked with more than 100 international institutions (including Para Site in 2009), and directed the production of nine ICI publications, including the award-winning Martha Wilson Sourcebook (2011) and Hans Ulrich Obrist’s do it: the compendium (2013). Giarratano holds a B.A. in art history from Georgetown University and a M.A. in museum studies from New York University.

About the American Federation of Arts

The American Federation of Arts is the leader in traveling exhibitions internationally. A nonprofit organization founded in 1909, the AFA is dedicated to enriching the public’s experience and understanding of the visual arts through organizing and touring art exhibitions for presentation in museums around the world, publishing exhibition catalogues featuring important scholarly research, and developing educational programs.

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