Isolde Brielmaier

For over a decade Isolde Brielmaier has worked internationally as a curator and cultural strategist, collaborating with noted contemporary artists, art institutions, companies and individuals to position them in the center of culture via headlining projects, cultural programming, social impact initiatives and partnerships that contextualize each entity in meaningful ways to drive buzz and engagement. Her diverse experience and broad reach highlights her ability to integrate and customize a global aesthetic into multiple platforms including art, design, architecture, technology, scholarship, fashion, publishing, public and private real estate as well as philanthropy.

Currently, Brielmaier is the inaugural Curator-at-Large at the International Center for Photography (ICP) in New York City. After six years as Executive Director and Curator of Arts, Culture & Community at Westfield World Trade Center, she is now the national advisor for Unbail-Rodamco-Westfield (URW), a role in which she advises on artist projects and installations, cultural events, strategic and community partnerships across the organization. Isolde is also Professor of Critical Studies in Tisch’s Department of Photography, Imaging and Emerging Media at New York University, and continues to work on a range of cultural projects that bridge both the public and private sectors including commission based projects for Amazon Web Services, Smithsonian, and the Peninsula Hotel Group. She serves as Editor at Large at Air Mail, Graydon Carter’s new media venture and speaks regularly on topics related to art, culture and social impact.

Isolde has been profiled and featured in The New York TimesThe Wall Street JournalElleVogueModern LuxuryWNYCCNNThe Washington PostGalerie MagazineCultured, and Whitewall, among others.

Throughout her career, Brielmaier has collaborated with noted contemporary artists including Ellen Gallagher, Leonardo Drew, Richard Mosse, Ivan Navarro, Wangechi Mutu, Bill Viola, Fred Wilson, and Bharti Kher, to name a few. She has written extensively on contemporary art and culture, including several exhibition catalogues, journal articles as well as artist monographs. She has developed and contributed to contemporary art and culture programs and platforms for a broad range of organizations including Amazon (AWS), Peninsula Hotel Group, Valentino, LifeWater, COACH, Richard Meier Architects, SDS Procida, Versace, Moet Hennessy USA, Wilfredo Rosado, Gucci, New York magazine, the Prospect New Orleans biennial as well as the Armory Show/VOLTA NY, CIRCA, Puerto Rico, and ARCO Contemporary Art Fair in Madrid, Spain, among others.

Previously, Brielmaier has worked for the Guggenheim Museum, the Bronx Museum of Art, and as Chief Curator for the SCAD Museum of Art. In 2016, she was named to a three-year appointment as Curator-at-Large at the Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College and in December of 2016 she was named to the Board of Trustees of the New Museum. She is deeply committed to the promotion of social justice and human rights, specifically global women’s issues and criminal justice reform. Brielmaier  holds a PhD from Columbia University and lives in New York City.

Archive Sessions and Events Featuring Isolde Brielmaier

Sep 302021

Then, Now, Next

ICP Curator at Large Isolde Brielmaier leads a conversation on the connections between the past, present, and future of imagemaking.

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Sep 242020

Then, Now, Next

Using Tyler Mitchell’s exhibition, I Can Make You Feel Good, at the International Center of Photography (ICP), as a springboard, photographers Quil Lemons and Arielle Bobb-Willis will share their work and have a conversation led by ICP’s curator-at-large, Isolde Brielmaier.

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