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Francesca “Frankie” Altamura exists.

She got schooled at Goldsmiths, University of London from which she holds an MFA in Curating and at University of St. Andrews, Scotland from which she holds a Master of Arts with Honors in History of Art.

As Curatorial Assistant for the New Museum she does art and admin stuff. There she curated the window installation by artist Sydney Shen: “Onion Master,” on view from April 30 until September 4, 2019, and co-curated the Lobby Gallery by artist Diedrick Brackens: “darling divined,” with Margot Norton, on view from June 4 until September 8, 2019. From 2017-2018 she worked hard on the 2018 New Museum Triennial: “Songs for Sabotage,” curated by Gary Carrion-Murayari and Alex Gartenfeld.

Below and in ascending pyramidal order are some things she’s worked on and will work on independently.
She’s working on a support structure and incubator called HOST with artist and organizer Peter Brock.

She is on the bargaining committee of the NewMuU, New Museum Union x UAW LOCAL 2110. Unions are not for coal miners but for art workers too! Collectively, we’re making waves and supporting each other. 

Check out the reckoning in order of date:

April 22, 2019: “The New Museum’s Union Resistance Contradicts Its Radical Inception,” by Hazel Cills in Jacobin

April 1, 2019: “Issues & Commentary: Fight at the New Museum,” by Sarah Resnick in Art in America

January 24, 2019: “New Museum Union Votes to Join Local 2110,” by Alex Greenberger in artnews

January 24, 2019: “Workers at New Museum in Manhattan Vote to Unionize,” by Colin Moynihan in New York Times

January 23, 2019: “Fight at the New Museum: an Interview with Lily Bartle,” by Meagan Day in Jacobin

January 23, 2019: “Imminent Union Vote Sparks Debate at Manhattan’s New Museum,” by Colin Moynihan in New York Times

January 22, 2019: “Episode 29—New Musuem Union,” Dana Kopel, Lily Bartle, and Alicia Graziano, Art and Labor Podcast (dur. 1:05:26 mins)

January 18, 2019: “New Museum Employees Voting to Unionize,” by Eva Hagberg Fisher in Architect Magazine

January 14, 2019: “The Gray Market: Why the New Museum’s Union Reckoning Reflects a Much Bigger Problem (and Other Insights),” by Tim Schneider in artnet

January 11, 2019: “New Museum Staff Launches Campaign to Unionize, Urging ‘Critical Changes’”, by Jasmine Weber in Hyperallergic

January 10, 2019: “The New Museum’s Staff is Pushing to Unionize—and Top Leadership is Not at All Happy About It,” by Ben Davis & Sarah Cascone in artnet

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She co-organized, with curators Anna Hugo, Sally Hughes (Dia), and Adeze Wilford (The Shed), the Curatorial Assistants of New York inaugural meet-n-greet at Independent Art Fair in March 2019. It was cute.

In December 2016 she travelled to Essen for Impact16 and met cool people like artist Ofri Cnaani and artist / co-founder of TIER Benjamin Busch.

In July 2018 she met new Russian friends like curator Lizaveta Matveeva in St. Petersburg at Back Apartment Residency.

She has also strung words together to create articles that are hyperlinked below in chronological order. She has the capacity to edit.

“Evgeny Antufiev: DEAD NATION: SHORT VERSION,” Emalin (exhibition text) (March 1, 2019)

“Strange Days: an Interview with Massimiliano Gioni, Strange Days: Memories of the Future, co-published by The Store X, New Museum and the Vinyl Factory (October 2018)

“Strange Days: an Interview with Wong Ping, Strange Days: Memories of the Future, co-published by The Store X, New Museum and the Vinyl Factory (October 2018)

Texts for Klara Lidén, Hassan Khan, Ragnar Kjartansson, and Wong PingStrange Days: Memories of the Future, curated by Massimiliano Gioni at The Store X, London

“#000000 and #FFFFFF Cosmos,” Alt-Age: Designing Belief, Design Museum, London (May 18, 2018)

“Influential for whom? Traversing the Manila arts climate with the cultural producers of Planting Rice + Green Papaya,” AQNB (November 2017)

“Extending the outreach: YEI takes us on a virtual walking tour of some of Mexico City’s most exciting independent art spaces,” AQNB (July 2017)

“Francesca Altamura talks to LADRÓNgaleria co-founder Marek Wolfryd on sustaining the alternative in Mexico,” AQNB (June 2017)

“BlackMenDreamLDN,” issu, eds. Francesca Altamura, Tamar Clarke-Brown, and Thandi Mbire (May 31, 2017)

“Captures from the US: Digital Protests in NYC,” Screen Shot Magazine, ed. Francesca Altamura and Yair Oded (June 2017)

“embassyHACK Insight,” Screen Shot Magazine (May 2016) 

Judd, Andre, Deshayes and the Concept of ‘Specific Objects’,” ARTUNER (December 2015)

"In Conversation with Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler," Ballroom Marfa (April 2014)