Sara Softness is a curator, writer, and arts administrator based in New York, and has worked in the art world for a decade. As guest curator, she debuted Boris Lurie: Nothing To Do But To Try at the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in October 2021. Previously, she was the Director of Exhibitions and Collections at The Walther Collection, and has held curatorial roles at the Brooklyn Museum, the Guggenheim, and the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale. Details of her work can be found on this site’s successive pages and on substack.

Reach me at sara.softness@gmail.com.

Photo: Dora Somosi, 2018.

And a bit more about me…

My professional experience has largely focused on exhibitions and publications of contemporary art and photography, following academic work in European modernism and urban studies. Through my varied curatorial work I have developed pockets of expertise, most unrelated to one another, and I consider myself a cultural studies generalist, and writer of cultural criticism more broadly.

Of late, my interests and research are highly multidisciplinary, driven by access, inclusion, education, and public engagement. My current preoccupations include monuments and public remembrance, vernacular photography, visuality and erasure, and Jewish material cultures, through an exploration of my own ancestry. I’m grateful to operate within a vital network of artists, curators, scholars, and producers, among a large eco-system of museums, public history organizations, art foundations, and independent galleries and studios.

I currently work independently as a guest curator, lecturer, and writer in various capacities in the art world, and I do commercial copywriting for a branding studio. Additionally, I write a semi-weekly interdisciplinary column, at turns critical and confessional. I am versed in brain work of all kinds, including curation, research, writing (features, press releases, interviews, interpretive materials), editing, teaching, public programming, exhibition and publication management, archiving and cataloguing, ghost-writing, and French-to-English and Spanish-to-English translation. Get in touch for more info on any or all.