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SITE Santa Fe Relaunches Biennial; Cecilia Alemani To Curate

SITE Santa Fe announced the relaunch of its international biennial to be held in 2025, the first since 2018.

The 2025 edition will mark the 30th anniversary of the museum as well as the biennial itself. When it was founded in 1995, the SITE Biennial was one of the rare recurring art events, alongside Whitney Biennial and Carnegie International. Over the following years, it hosted several prestigious curators like Francesco Bonami, Robert Storr, Candice Hopkins, and Ruba Katrib.

However, things started to change when Irene Hofmann took over the leadership in 2012. The 2013 edition was canceled as part of a long-time strategy and returned in 2014, renamed SITElines. However, after 2018, there had been no further iterations. But things took a turn for the better when Louis Grachos returned as the director of SITE Santa Fe in 2021. Grachos previously served as director of the organization from 1996 to 2003. After major strategizing, the organization has now come up with plans to return in 2025, now renamed SITE Santa Fe International.

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Cecilia Alemani was also announced as the curator of the biennial. Currently, Alemani serves as the director and chief curator of High Line Art, New York. She has also curated the exhibition “The Milk of Dreams” at the Venice Biennale. Speaking about Alemani, Grachos said: “One of the things that I so admire about Cecilia is the complex nature of how she constructs exhibitions—it’s a rich methodology. It’s not what I’d call a common in the curatorial world. She does a lot of research historically. In Venice, she brought in history. She brought in artists that we knew—or we thought we knew—into a context and a theme that was really rich.”