This talk will cover a brief history of collaborative efforts by The New Museum's Education Department engaging with constituents outside of the usual audience and then will move to discussion of the idea of artists as social workers in Cuba.

Zoya will focus on the art, poetry and performance collective OMNI Zona France, whose public performative interventions addressed social problems such as lack of public services. OMNI's work raises questions about public space and who has rights to it, as well the rights of the artist to express views that appear to criticize the state ideology.


Zoya Kocur

Zoya Kocur has over 25 years of experience in the field of art, as an artist, educator, administrator, and consultant. She earned a masters degree in studio art from NYU and a PhD in Visual Culture and Art History from the School of Art and Design at Middlesex University, London. Her specialties are contemporary art, visual culture, art theory, and social practice with a focus on historically underrepresented groups in the U.S., with an additional focus on contemporary Cuban art.  She has served as a faculty member in the MFA and MA in Art Education programs at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education. She also taught in the Art Education and MFA programs at the Rhode Island School of Design.

She is the former Associate Curator of Education at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City and worked with the Education Department of the Whitney Museum for a decade as well as other museums such as the Bronx Museum of the Arts. She is a consultant to alternative non-for-profit art spaces specializing in program design, curriculum development, professional development, and community outreach.

Kocur's publications include Global Visual Cultures (Wiley Blackwell, 2011) and Theory in Contemporary Art Since 1985 (Wiley Blackwell, 2012) and she is co-author of Contemporary Art and Multicultural Education. She has most recently written about Cuban contemporary art, Afro-Cuban culture and performance.