Lauren Argentina Zelaya
Director of Public Programs
Lauren Argentina Zelaya joined us as a Museum Education and Public Programs Fellow in 2012, becoming a full-time staff member in 2015. As our Director of Public Programs, Lauren curates and produces First Saturdays and other free and low-cost public programs that invite more than 150,000 visitors per year to engage with our special exhibitions and collections in new and unexpected ways. As a curator, advocate, and educator, Lauren is committed to collaborating with emerging artists and honoring voices in our communities that are often marginalized, with a focus on film and performance, and creating programming for and with LGBTQ+ and immigrant communities. Most recently, she co-curated the exhibition Nobody Promised You Tomorrow: Art 50 Years After Stonewall. Other projects include Feminist Film Night, Cuerpxs Radicales: Radical Bodies in Performance, and Black Queer Brooklyn on Film. Previously, she worked in education at the Queens Museum and the Museum of the Moving Image, and with emerging artists in Queens as a program coordinator with the Queens Council on the Arts. She participated in the Tate Intensive (2019) and New York Foundation for the Arts’ Emerging Leaders Fellowship (2018), and was named one of Brooklyn Magazine's 30 Under 30 in 2018.