Carol Stakenas

Being interested in social issues and the transformation not only of culture but of society, and how we can do that as artists is to me some of the fundamental underpinnings of what defines a social practice.

Carol Stakenas: As Executive Director of Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions since 2005, Carol Stakenas has worked with over 400 artists, more than 50 of whom have developed unique and innovative projects that could only be realized through a residency at LACE. Through training and experience, Carol leads LACE’s staff to deliver core programs.  These programs require socially intensive processes to engage numerous community groups, local businesses, city agencies and thousands of residents. Stakenas is also a faculty member at the University of Southern California in Public Art Studies.

Previously, she was the Deputy Director/Curator of Creative Time, New York City’s adventurous public arts presenter. She has worked with a broad range of artists including Asymptote, Haluk Akakçe, Natalie Bookchin, Chris Doyle, Cai Guo-Qiang, Granular Synthesis, Shu Lea Cheang, Vik Muniz, Takashi Murakami, Marjetica Potrç, Toshi Reagon, Erwin Redl, Steve Roden, Christopher Russell, Mary Ellen Strom and Lebbeus Woods.  She has curated and produced multidisciplinary public art at sites such as Massless Medium and Music in the Anchorage in the Brooklyn Bridge Anchorage; Consuming Places in DUMBO Brooklyn; the DNA Deli Cups and the DNAid Billboards; PDPal, a mobile mapping project commission in Times Square; Shimon Attie’s Between Dreams and History on Manhattan’s Lower East Side; and Karaoke Ice, a mobile public art project that traveled throughout Los Angeles.