Hold These Truths

November 13, 2017 - March 14, 2018

NLE Lab: Southeast Queens Biennial

February 9 - April 21, 2018

  • Manon Slome

    Manon Slome

    Co-Founder & Chief Curator

    Manon Slome (PhD) is the Chief Curator of No Longer Empty. From 2002 to June 2008 she was the Chief Curator of the Chelsea Art Museum in New York. During that time, she curated and oversaw a program of some forty exhibitions, symposia and museum publications as well as monographs and scholarly essays. Slome became highly involved with the Israeli art scene during her research for the exhibition, Such Stuff as Dreams are Made on, (2005) and has followed and researched the Israeli scene for the last three years. Prior to the CAM, Slome worked as a curator at the Guggenheim Museum for seven years and was a holder of a Helena Rubinstein curatorial fellowship at the Whitney Independent Study program. She has written widely on contemporary art and has recently completed "The Aesthetics of Terror" published by Charta Press.

  • Carol Stakenas

    Carol Stakenas

    Executive Director

    Carol Stakenas is a curator, educator, and social organizer whose interdisciplinary work provides a platform for artists’ practices to courageously engage with dynamic urban contexts. As the Executive Director, Stakenas leads the organization’s strategic evolution of its exhibition and programming models as No Longer Empty rethinks the scope of its community-centric practice and continues to engage diverse participants in both the confrontation of pressing social issues and the realization of future aspirations. Stakenas comes to No Longer Empty with 20 years of curatorial experience in the public sphere, which includes serving as the Executive Director of Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) and Deputy Director/Curator of Creative Time in New York. Stakenas has lectured extensively and taught at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University (2002, 2014 - 2016), Bennington College (2014-2015); Otis College of Art and Design (2007); and in the MA Curatorial Practices and the Public Sphere, Roski School of Art and Design at University of Southern California (2007 - 2013). Stakenas received an MFA in Sculpture at Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI.

  • Raquel de Anda

    Raquel de Anda

    Director of Public Engagement

    Raquel de Anda is the Director of Public Engagement at No Longer Empty. She is a curator, producer, and cultural organizer based in Brooklyn, NY. Born and raised on the U.S. Mexico border, much of her work approaches themes of duality, connection, separation, inclusion and the intersections of migrant rights with other movements for social justice. She is a firm believer in the power of art and culture to ignite social change. Raquel began her career as Associate Curator at Galería de la Raza, a contemporary Latino arts organization in San Francisco, CA. Her work spans a variety of practices, including designing an interactive installation at the Tribeca Film Festival, curating exhibitions at Project Row Houses (Houston, TX) and The Museum of the Americas (Washington DC), and overseeing creative production for the historic People’s Climate March (New York City) with hundreds of artists and 400,000 people participating. In 2014, de Anda was awarded the Robert Rauschenberg Artist as Activist Fellow as part of her work with People’s Climate Arts Collective. She holds an MS from Parsons School of Design, with a focus on integrating cultural equity in the field of arts and culture.

  • Rachel Gugelberger

    Rachel Raphaela Gugelberger

    Curator & Director NLE Lab

    Rachel Raphaela Gugelberger is Curator at NLE and Director of NLE Curatorial Lab (NLE Lab). She is co-founder of 1@111, a series of process-oriented conversations that focus on a single work, text, curatorial premise or proposition. Independent curatorial projects have focused on the intersection of information, data and art, and include: Once upon a Time, There Was the End at Center for Book Arts (New York, NY); Data Deluge at Ballroom Marfa (Marfa, TX); and Library Science at Artspace (New Haven, CT). Gugelberger has served as co-director of Sara Meltzer Gallery and curator at Exit Art, where she organized the final exhibitions "Every Exit Is an Entrance: 30 Years of Exit Art" and "Collective/Performative". Publications include monographs, exhibition catalog essays, and contributions to "Unfinished Memories: 30 Years of Exit Art" (Steidl, 2016) and "Art Galleries International: Post-War to Post-Millennium" (Dumont Literatur/Kunst Verlag, 2009). Gugelberger received an MA in Curatorial Studies in Contemporary Art and Culture from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College.

  • Mica Le John

    Mica Le John

    Education Programs Manager

    Mica is Education Programs Manager at No Longer Empty. She has an avid interest in the role the arts play in education, and is matriculating at The New School in a self guided degree program with a focus on the relationships between education, art and social justice. Mica is also a teaching artist and writer, and is currently enrolled in the Riggio Honors Program for Writing and Democracy, where she is exploring the roles of women in (African) American literature. She is very interested in the role that the arts can have in empowering communities and creating engaging educational experiences. Additionally, she holds a Certificate in Design Management from Ryerson University.

Dedicated Ambassadors

  • Julie Bell, Education
  • Sarah Corona, Curator
  • Asher Remy-Toledo, Co-founder
  • Julian Navarro, Curator
  • Mira Friedlaender, Project Manager
  • Rachel Zegar, Graphic Design
  • Keith Schweitzer, Curator
  • Christina Milan, Curatorial Assistant
  • Tara de la Garza, Curator
  • Lucy Lydon, Team Builder
  • Kathy Zeiger, Photography
  • Breda Kennedy, Development Advisor
  • Ella Levitt, Curator
  • Linda White, Creative Educator
  • Aaron Leopold Graphic Design
  • Barbara Feldman, Special Project Coordinator
  • Charlotte Caldwell, Flying Talented Project Manager