Anna Harsanyi is a curator, arts manager and educator. Her participatory projects and exhibitions have taken place within public and alternative spaces, exploring themes of memory, place, and collective experience. In 2019 she co-curated In the Historical Present, an exhibition marking The New School's Centennial which featured commissioned projects exploring the often hidden or dormant histories within the institution. She has organized projects presenting artist engagements within the historic Essex Street Market in New York's Lower East Side, collaborated with Sheetal Prajapati on a series of events centered around play, and was part of the team of curators who organized No Longer Empty's exhibition Through the Parlor in a former beauty salon in the Lower East Side. In 2014, she co-curated Hot & Cold: Revolution in the Present Tense, a public art project in Timișoara and Cluj, Romania which presented three artist projects responding to the 25th anniversary of the Revolution that ended Communism. Anna has worked in education and public programming roles at the Museum of Modern Art, New York Arts Practicum, and A Blade of Grass, most recently at the Guggenheim Social Practice initiative at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
As a curator, Anna is dedicated to expanding art into non-art spaces and offering dialogues with audiences outside of the art community. She is interested in the roles that art and culture play in shaping our urban space and daily lives, and challenging what is defined as art and where it can be experienced.
B.A., Arts in Context, Eugene Lang College
M.A., Visual Arts Administration, New York University
Exhibitions & Curatorial Projects:
In the Historical Present, The New School, 2019.
Dense Lightness, Baxter St at Camera Club of New York, 2018
Everything is going according to Plan, Seoul Museum of Art Nanji Studio, Seoul, South Korea, 2018
In, Of, and Crossing Essex, Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space and Essex Street Market, New York, 2018
A part of it, Residency Unlimited, New York, 2017
Game Night, Denny Gallery, Babycastles Gallery, SOHO20, New York, 2016-2017
Hot & Cold: Revolution in the Present Tense, Timișoara and Cluj, Romania, 2014
Through the Parlor, No Longer Empty, New York, 2013
Cultural activism in urban centers, public art, socially engaged art, cross-disciplinary cultural movements, art in non-art spaces.
New York University Alumni Council Visual Arts Administration MA Program Award, 2012
Integrative Seminar 2 (Spring 2020)
Thesis Studio 1
Thesis Studio 2 (Spring 2021)