This week in our Spotlight series, we caught up with Alexandra Giniger of Rachel Uffner Gallery on the Lower East Side.
Alexandra earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Georgetown University, and has spent her entire career thus far dedicated to the visual arts. She began her career as an intern for the Studio Museum in Harlem, then was hired as Studio Manager for the artist Wangechi Mutu before moving into director positions in the gallery world. Before joining Rachel Uffner, Alexandra was the Managing Director for Greene Naftali where she developed the skills necessary for running a successful gallery.
We chatted with Alexandra about industry peers she admires, and her favorite way to relax after a hectic day in the gallery.
What neighborhood you hail from: Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn
When did you first discover your love for art?
I'm a native New Yorker, so I really can't remember a life without art. I grew up with De La Vega on the sidewalks and The Met as my playground, so knew early on that I wanted to continue to incorporate creativity in my day to day.
What is a current trend in the art market that excites you? Hopefully this won't be solely a trend, but I am very glad to see more commercial and institutional interest in the generally underrepresented voices of artists of color. I'm a firm believer in a variety of human expression in any field.
If you weren't a director at a gallery, what field would you be in?: In another life, I would be a fiction writer while traveling the globe!
Name two industry peers you admire, and why. Thelma Golden is one of the most incredible forces in the art world. It was a summer internship at the Studio Museum in Harlem that emboldened me to pursue a career in the arts, after viewing the ways in which Thelma has championed and quite literally made space for so many important artists who are historically omitted from the textbooks provided in school.
Adrienne Edwards, Curator at Performa and Curator at Large of the Walker Art Center, has done a phenomenal job with her contribution to the Performa 2017 Biennial, and I'm very much looking forward to experiencing their programming in the coming weeks.
How do you relax after a crazy day in the gallery? Even though I've lived here for most of my life, New York is an ever-changing city with new things to explore every day. My post-work unwinds range from going on long walks with my dog through Fort Greene Park, to wine tasting at the Navy Yards-based vineyard, Rooftop Reds, axe throwing classes at Gotham Archery, or whatever else the city has to offer!