Cecilia Alemani is the Donald R. Mullen, Jr. Director & Chief Curator of High Line Art, the public art program presented by Friends of the High Line in New York City. In 2018, she served as the Artistic Director of the inaugural edition of Art Basel Cities: Buenos Aires. In 2017 Alemani curated the Italian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, featuring works by Giorgio Andreotta Calò, Roberto Cuoghi, and Adelita Husni-Bey.
Previously, Alemani has collaborated with many museums, institutions, and foundations, while also pursuing more unconventional projects with non-profits and informal organizations. From 2012 to 2017 she curated Frieze Projects, the non-for-profit commissions for the Frieze Art Fair in New York. In 2011, Alemani worked as guest curator for the performance art biennial Performa 11. She is the co-founder of No Soul For Sale, a festival of independent spaces, non-profit organizations, and artists collectives which took place at X Initiative in June 2009 and at Tate Modern – Turbine Hall in May 2010 as the main event for the museum’s tenth anniversary.
From 2007 to 2008, she served as Curator of Special Projects for Artissima, Turin, Italy. As an independent curator she organized numerous exhibitions in museums, non-profit spaces, and galleries including Glee, Blum and Poe, Los Angeles (2011); The Comfort of Strangers, MoMA/PS1, New York (2010); Solaris, Gió Marconi Gallery, Milan (2009); ONLY CONNECT, Bloomberg Headquarters with Art in General, New York (2008); boundLES, several venues in the Lower East Side, New York (2008); and Things Fall Apart All Over Again, Artists Space, New York (2005).