about

ALAINA SIMONE

Founder, Director and CEO 

Alaina Simone is the owner and founder of two businesses, Alaina Simone Incorporated, an art gallery and artist liaison consultancy focused on internationally recognized emerging and established artists, gallery collections and institutions. Alaina Simone Productions LLC is a production company specializing in creative partnerships between luxury brands, cultural influencers and contemporary artists actively working across disciplines, practices and fields. Her independent practice, the conceptual DNA that connects her companies, focuses on the intersectionality of race, gender, power, identity, and the environment. She has produced and curated exhibitions with corresponding educational programming in the United States and abroad with leading emerging, mid-career and established contemporary artists, including Howardena Pindell, Frank Bowling, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Ed Clark, Barbara Nessim, Rashaad Newsome, Serkan Ozkaya and David Antonio Cruz, among many others. She works with emerging and established estates, galleries, and institutions in Ethiopia, Nigeria, Belgium, Britain, Cuba, France, Switzerland, South Africa, Kenya, and Germany. Her work includes working with artists' estates, such as the Estates of Merton Simpson, Allan Stone, and James VanDerZee. She has led activations at international art fairs, including Art Dubai (Dubai, UAE), MECA (San Juan, PR), SPRING/BREAK Art Show (New York, NY), Volta (Basel, CH/New York, NY) and Untitled (Miami, FL), to name a few. Simone is the founding producer for two distinct new curatorial platforms. Her site-specific exhibition series, Take FIVE (T/5), is an immersive multi-venue installation and performance series in the Caribbean. Additionally, her recent project, PRVT VW (Private View), is a nomadic pop-up exhibition, launched its first iteration in SoHo (New York, NY) at the private home of Verbier 3-D Co-Founder Madeleine Paternot in 2018. This travelling series features a myriad of program initiatives, educational programs and an artist residency designed to create new platforms for the diaspora and women with a curated roster of international artists, galleries and institutions.  

  

Simone's exhibitions have appeared in leading publications, including The New York Times, Art in America, Modern Painters, Art Forum, ARTnews, Hyperallergic, Artsy, The New Yorker, Whitehot Magazine, Art Newspaper and significant international contemporary art media outlets. She works with auction houses for specialized sales, such as Sotheby's and Christie's. Simone has placed work in prominent public and private institutions such as The Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art (Washington D.C.), National Museum of African American History & Culture (Washington, D.C.), Duke University, Sacred Arts of the Black Atlantic Project (Durham, NC), Fowler Museum at UCLA (Los Angeles, CA), Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art (Philadelphia, PA) among others. She has led initiatives to raise millions of dollars for international non-profit arts and educational programs. Simone has served as a committee advisor for non-profit arts organizations such as Cool Culture (Brooklyn, NY), SculptureCenter (Long Island, NY), Watermill Center (Southampton, NY) and the National Arts Club (New York, NY). She is a Founding Board Member of Verbier 3-D Foundation since its inception in 2010. She has been a guest speaker at the New York Arab Art & Education Initiative Summit (UNESCO), Pratt University (Brooklyn, NY) and IESA / Institut d'Etudes Supérieures des Arts (Paris, FR), as well as other speaking engagements at public and private institutions in the U.S. and abroad. Simone has contributed writing and research to artist publications of internationally recognized African Diaspora and Traditional African art. She lives and works in Harlem, New York.

 

Selected Public Collections:
National Museum of African Art (Washington, D.C)
National Museum of African American History & Culture (Washington, D.C)
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (Philadelphia, PA)
Fowler Museum, University of California, Los Angeles  (Los Angeles, CA)
Duke University, Sacred Arts of the Black Atlantic Project (Durham, NC)
TIME Studios, Netflix, (New York, NY) 

Selected Lectures and Panels:
2022  Elizabeth Foundation For the Arts,(New York, NY), Juror
2022  Enlighten Peekskill, Hudson Valley Museum of Contemporary Art  
              (Peekskill, NY), Juror
2021  Untiled Art (Miami, FL), Panel discussion
2021  Residency Unlimited, (Brooklyn, NY), Juror 
2021  CADAF Crypto and Digital Art Fair (Paris, FR), Moderator
2021  BRIC Arts Media (Brooklyn, NY), Panel discussion
2021  Wellesley College (Wellesley, MA, Moderator
2021  Yale University (New Haven, CT), Lecturer
2020  Untiled Art (San Francisco, CA), Co- Moderator
2020  Spelman College (Atlanta, GA), Lecturer
2017, 2021  Pratt University (Brooklyn, NY), Lecturer
2016  IESA / Institut d'Etudes Supérieures des Arts (Paris, FR), Lecturer
2015  National Arts Club, Young Members Committee, (New York, NY), Panel discussion     
 
Board Member:
2011 - Present  Verbier 3-D Sculpture Park and Artist Residency  (Verbier, Switzerland)
 
Selected Professional Affiliations:
2011 - 2020. SculptureCenter (Long Island City, NY