Rachael Rakes

Brooklyn, US

Rachael Rakes is a curator, critic, and teacher from New York City. She is currently the Head Curator and Manager of the Curatorial Programme at De Appel in Amsterdam. She also serves as an Editor for the art and politics journal the Brooklyn Rail, Editor at Large for Verso Books, Programmer at Large for the Film Society of Lincoln Center, and a screening committe member for Cinema du Reél at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Rakes has recently contributed criticism to Art-Agenda, Artforum, the Village Voice, and Ocula, among other publications. She has recently organized exhibitions for A.I.R., ArtCenter/South Florida, The Knockdown Center, International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP), Malmö Konsthall, and the Hessel Museum of Art. 

Rakes is a graduate of the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, and has taught on documentary aesthetics and socially-engaged art at The New School and Harvard Summer School. She has recently been a Curator in Residence for the CPR: Mexico program, an Arts Writer in Residence for Contemporary Art Stavanger, a Fellow with the Bruce High Quality Foundation MFU in Miami, and Researcher in Residence at Squeaky Wheel Media Art Center. With Leo Goldsmith, Rakes is at work on a book on radical filmmaker Peter Watkins, which received a 2015 Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant. From 2010-2013, Rakes was the Assistant Curator at the Museum of the Moving Image, and from 2012-2014 she co-directed Heliopolis Project Space in Brooklyn.