Justine Ludwig

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Justine Ludwig
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  • BA in Art with a concentration in Art History
  • MA in Global Arts
Alma mater
  • Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Colby College
  • Director
  • Curator
  • Writer
OrganizationCreative Time
TitleExecutive Director

Justine Ludwig is a director, curator, and writer.


Ludwig currently serves as Executive Director at Creative Time. She was responsible for catalyzing the organization's Emerging Artist Open Call program, which invites emerging artists from New York City to work with Creative Time to realize their first exhibition in the public realm. Its first iteration was the critically acclaimed "The Privilege of Escape" by Risa Puno.[1] At the organization, she has focused on socially engaged artwork, such as Jenny Holzer's 2019 VIGIL, which projected gun violence testimonies onto the buildings of Rockefeller Center.[2]

Ludwig served as the Chief Curator and Deputy Director of Dallas Contemporary from 2015 to 2018.[3] In Dallas, she brought an international perspective to her curatorial approach, exhibiting artists such as Bani Abidi and Nadia Kaabi-Linke.[4] Her exhibitions, featuring artists such as Pia Camil and Paola Pivi, earned her critical acclaim in W Magazine.[5] In Dallas, she also placed an emphasis on increasing support for local artists.[6] Ludwig was intstrumental in establishing Dallas as an emergent art capital, describing Dallas as “a city in a state of becoming."[7] She curated "Future Worlds," the 2018 iteration of Aurora, an expansive public art event that transformed downtown Dallas into an open-air hub for installation, light, and sound art.[8] The exhibition featured artists dealing with climate change, automation, and political unrest.[9]

Previously, Ludwig served in assistant and adjunct curator roles at Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati.[10] She has also held posts at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, the Colby College Museum of Art, and the MIT List Visual Arts Center. [10]

Ludwig has curated projects with many notable artists including Shilpa Gupta, Kiki Smith, Pedro Reyes, Laercio Rendondo, Paola Pivi, Ambreen Butt,and Anila Quayyum Agha.[10][11]

Her writing has been published in Whitehot Magazine,[12] Patron Magazine,[13] affadavit.[14]

Awards and recognition

In 2016, Artsy named Ludwig one of "The 20 Most Influential Young Curators in the United States."[15] In 2019, Town & Country included Ludwig in its list of "102 people who will be invited everywhere this season."[16]

In the media



  1. Steinhauer, Jillian (2019-07-23). "An Escape Room Where You Can't Escape Your Privilege". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-04-08.
  2. "Jenny Holzer's Powerful Gun Violence Projections Confront Rockefeller Center". W Magazine | Women's Fashion & Celebrity News. Retrieved 2020-04-08.
  3. "After a Lengthy Search, Creative Time Taps a Texas Museum Leader for Its Top Post". artnet News. 2018-03-29. Retrieved 2020-04-07.
  4. Smart, Lauren (2015-09-18). "10 Brilliant Dallas Women: Justine Ludwig Brings an International Art Perspective to Curation". Dallas Observer. Retrieved 2020-04-08.
  5. Zhong, Fan. “Who’s Next.” W Magazine. October 2016. Print.
  6. "VISUAL LITERACY". Dallas Style and Design Magazine. 2017-03-06. Retrieved 2020-04-08.
  7. "Justine Ludwig Is a Champion for Change". Cultured Magazine. 2017-04-07. Retrieved 2020-04-08.
  8. "Justine Ludwig — AURORA | LIGHT VIDEO SOUND BIENNIAL". dallasaurora.com. Retrieved 2020-04-08.
  9. "It was rain and shine at Dallas Aurora, where artists tackled issues of political unrest, automation and climate change". Dallas News. 2018-11-05. Retrieved 2020-04-08.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 "After a Lengthy Search, Creative Time Taps a Texas Museum Leader for Its Top Post". artnet News. 2018-03-29. Retrieved 2020-04-07.
  11. "Justine Ludwig". Creative Time. Retrieved 2020-04-07.
  12. "December 2009, Hanging Fire: Contemporary Art From Pakistan". Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art. Retrieved 2020-04-07.
  13. "Patron". online.publicationprinters.com. Retrieved 2020-04-07.
  14. "Performative Violence and Its Image | Affidavit | Justine Ludwig". Affidavit. Retrieved 2020-04-07.
  15. Gotthardt, Alexxa (2016-10-25). "The 20 Most Influential Young Curators in the United States". Artsy. Retrieved 2020-04-07.
  16. Editors, The (2019-08-01). "These 102 People Will Be Invited to Every Party This Season". Town & Country. Retrieved 2020-04-07. {{cite web}}: |last= has generic name (help)

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