About

Sara Softness is a writer, curator, and arts administrator, and has worked in the art world for a decade. She was most recently 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 (as a Master’s student). Details of her work can be found on this site’s successive pages and on substack.


My professional experience has largely focused on contemporary art and photography, in which I’m grateful to have a vital network of artists, curators, scholars, and producers. Through my exhibition and publication projects I have developed pockets of expertise, most unrelated to one another—as such, I consider myself a cultural studies generalist, and love to write cultural criticism more broadly.

Of late, my interests and research are highly multidisciplinary, driven by access, inclusion, education, and public engagement. My most current research includes monuments and public remembrance, vernacular photography, visuality and erasure, and social sculpture, mainly in the United States.

I currently work independently. Among other things, I write a weekly culture digest and other musings on my substack. I am versed in and available for work of all kinds, including curation, research, writing (features, press releases, interviews, interpretive materials), editing, public programming, exhibition and publication management, archiving and cataloguing, ghost-writing, French-to-English and Spanish-to-English translation, resume and cover letter assistance, tutoring, and more.

Email me at sara.softness@gmail.com.

Photo: Dora Somosi, 2018.