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About the Curator

Ionit Behar is the Associate Curator at DePaul Art Museum (DPAM), Chicago, and the co-founder and co-director of BeharXSchachman, a Chicago based curatorial and exhibition design agency. Most recently she curated the site-specific installation Claudia Peña Salinas: Quetzalli and co-curated LatinXAmerican at DPAM; Fuera de tiempo at SUBTE (Montevideo, UY); and Ellen Rothenberg: ISO 6346: ineluctable immigrant at Spertus Institute. Forthcoming curatorial projects include Nelly Agassi: No Limestone, Nor Marble at the Chicago Cultural Center; A Natural Turn: María Berrío, Joiri Minaya, Rosana Paulino, and Kelly Sinnapah Mary at DPAM; Solo(s): Krista Franklin at DPAM, and a large-scale public art project at O’Hare International Airport as part of BeharXSchachman. Previously she was the Curator of Collections and Exhibitions at Spertus Institute, Chicago; Research Assistant for the exhibition Hélio Oiticica: To Organize Delirium at the Art Institute of Chicago, and a Graduate Curatorial Assistant at Gallery 400, University of Illinois at Chicago. Her writing has appeared in exhibition catalogues and art journals such FIELD: A Journal of Socially-Engaged Art Criticism, The Chicago Reader, THE SEEN, and The Exhibitionist. Born in Israel and raised in Uruguay, Behar holds a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Illinois at Chicago, an M.A. in Art History, Theory, and Criticism from the School of the Art Institute, and a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts from Tel Aviv University.