Artspace is writing to announce the departure of Martha Lewis from our team and the arrival of Rashmi Talpade as Flatfile Manager. Having served as our Curator of Education since 2010, Lewis is leaving to pursue her career as an artist, educator and curator, and we are happy to announce that she is already well on her way. Currently, Lewis is in the group exhibition FOLD at Planthouse in New York City (on view through May 27), and serves as the host of Live Culture, a monthly arts radio show on WPKN.
Lewis’s myriad contributions helped develop foundational aspects of Artspace. She initiated the Crown Street Window as a space for installations, oversaw the expansion of our Flatfile Collection and exhibition program, and lead energetic tours for visitors of all ages. She developed partnerships with The Aldrich Museum, Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School, Betsy Ross Arts Magnet School, Educational Center for the Arts, Common Ground High School, VA Connecticut Healthcare System, Elm City Market, Hudson Valley Seed Library, Adam Mickiewicz institute/Culture PL., Sharpie/Prismacolor, Ikea, Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library, The New Haven Museum, Café Nine, the Slavic Languages and Literatures Department at Yale University, Yale University Art Gallery, Yale Center for British Art, Erector Square, The Eli Whitney Museum, The Institute Library, New Haven Free Public Library, Sterling Memorial Library, and Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, among others.
Lewis’s landmark curatorial contributions include the organization of Vertical Reach (co-curated with Sarah Fritchey), CT (Un)Bound, Fetish Objects, Instructions Not Included, Agit-Crop, and SCRAWL, as well as four of Artspace’s annual benefit galas, including Something Blue, (curated with Jennifer Burbank), Mixed Tape, Shiny Pop (curated with Rashmi Talpade), and Freshly Pressed. We wish Martha the very best in the future, and are so grateful for the lasting impression she has made on our organization and the greater New Haven community.
We are pleased to welcome Rashmi Talpade to our team, who will take over the role of Flatfile Manager. Talpade is no stranger to Artspace, she has served as the co-coordinator and director of City-Wide Open Studios and currently serves as a member of Artspace’s Visual Arts Community. As a professional artist with a fine arts degree from Bombay, India, she will bring a critical international perspective to the position. Having exhibited in New Haven, Hartford and New York since 1991, and received a visual arts fellowship from the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, Talpade arrives with valuable institutional knowledge and regional familiarity.