This and That

This website — which is currently undergoing updates — presents selected projects, texts and happenings by Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy.

A curator of contemporary art, Sofía is interested in identifying present structures of feeling, as much as in projects that promote personal attentiveness and public engagement. Until some months ago, Sofía was director of Kunstinstituut Melly in Rotterdam, the institution formerly known as Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art. Her tenure’s period was from 2018 to 2023. Among the initiatives she led there was the renaming of the institution; its multifaceted internal and public processes are documented here. Last year, she was also a Mellon Visiting Lecturer in the Art History Department at CUNY Graduate Center in New York City, co-creating Tools for Demodernizing.

Sofía is involved in different capacities in the art field. For example, she is board member of International Manifesta Foundation, the itinerant European art biennale with headquarters in Amsterdam. In the past, she has been a board member of Creative Time, as well as Triple Canopy; both of these are nonprofit arts organizations in New York City. She also regularly participates in jury panels and advisory committees. Among these are the 2023 Frieze Tate Acquisition Fund; the 55th Venice Biennial; the Hugo Boss Prize at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; and, the Montblanc Arts Patronage Award.

In the past, Sofía was the curator of contemporary art at Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros from 2011 to 2017, a foundation with offices in New York and Caracas. She has also been director at Museo Tamayo in Mexico City, and held curatorial positions in New York at Art in General and Americas Society. Sofía has guest-curated exhibitions at several art spaces and museums internationally, including the Bronx Museum of the Arts in New York; CCA in Vilnius; Kadist Art Foundation in Paris; and, MALBA in Buenos Aires. She was also artistic director and chief curator of the 9a Bienal do Mercosul (2013) in Porto Alegre, and an agent of dOCUMENTA13 (2012) in Kassel.

Sofía was born and raised in Baja California, Mexico. These are two other websites by Sofía: her early blog Sideshows and the editorial project Murmur.