Patronato de Arte Contemporáneo A.C. (PAC) is a non-profit organization founded in 2000 by an independent group of professionals of the arts who understood the need to engage a broader audience to the importance of contemporary artistic manifestations for society, and to support curatorial, editorial, educational and theoretical projects that contribute to the development of contemporary art in Mexico.
Our thee main programs are: The International Symposium on Contemporary Art Theory (SIT_AC), PAC’s Annual Open Call to support art projects -independent art spaces, publications, educational programs and exhibitions throughout the country, and PAC’s International Program which aids the participation of Mexican artists in international exhibitions. Our funds come from individual and corporate Patrons who enjoy a program designed exclusively for them that include guided tours, talks, artist studio visits and special trips.
Aimée Labarrere de Servitje
She holds a degree on Art History at the Instituto de Cultura Superior (Mexico City), with a thesis on The origins and the Cuban Avant-Garde; and a master degree on Art Studies at Universidad Iberoamericana. Since 2000 she is an active member of several boards on museums and independent spaces. She has been Board President at: Fundación Olga y Rufino Tamayo; SOMA; and InSite/Casa Gallina. She has also been a member of the board of Museo de Arte Moderno, at Mexico City; the Latin American - Caribbean Committee Fund at MoMA; and Latin American Acquisitions Committee at Tate. Aimée Servitje supports those contemporary art practices that institutional associations do not comprise, such as alternative spaces and curatorial work.
Founder and President at Travesías Media, with more than 15 years of experience on the media and tourism industry. With a degree on International Affairs at Universidad Iberoamericana. and postgraduate studies in International Studies at Georgetown University; Human Geography at UNAM; and Senior Management AD2 at IPADE. In 2002 he was selected as 'Endeavor entrepreneur' since then, he is a member of the organization.
Issa Ma. Benítez Dueñas
Gallerist, writer and art historian by Universidad Iberoamericana. She holds a Masters degree at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and a Ph. D. at Universidad Carlos III (Madrid), specialist on contemporary art and theory. She has published in several international specialized magazines; member of CURARE; and in 2004 she directed the third edition of the International Symposium on Contemporary Art Theory, SITAC III: Resistance in México City. She has curated several exhibitions and she is director of Proyecto Paralelo gallery (Mexico City).
Graduated in Restoration has a Master in Museology and a Diploma in Visual Arts. He has been Advisor for the Museo Dolores Olmedo Patiño, Museography Assistant Director for The National Museum of Anthropology, Assistant Director for The National Museum of Popular Cultures, Assistant Director for The Museo Nacional del Virreinato. He is currently curator at The Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso. He has also been professor at the postgraduate division of the Master Degrees in Museums in the Universidad Iberoamericana and a member of the Advisory Committee of SITAC. His publications include The Language that We Share; Mirando al Xoloítzuintle; África Hoy; Arte Animista; and Senegal nuestro país Tradiciones culturales de las etnias.
Cultural manager and curator. Art Historician by Universidad Iberoamericana; she has been researcher and curator at Museo Nacional de San Carlos (Mexico City) and Cultural Attaché in Mexican Consulate in San Diego, California (1994-1997), she was museographer at Centro Cultural Tijuana (CECUT), and director of Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo. She was coordinator of Binational Projects and Visual Arts Committee, in CECUT, where she also was sub-director of exhibitions (2008), and co-director in inSITE. She has been a speaker on national and international academic events. She is now Executive Director in inSite / Casa Gallina.
Curator at Gelman Collection since 1998. From 2000-2005 she was founder and director of Patronato de Arte Contemporáneo, afterwards she remains as a board member. She has been involved in relevant institutions for the contemporary art scene in Mexico, such as Museo de Arte Moderno, Museo Tamayo, Centro Cultural de Arte Contemporáneo (Televisa) and Museo Muros.
She directed Celeste, editorial for the magazines Celeste and BabyBabyBaby, as well as some thematic books. She was a weekly columnist as art critic in newspapers in Mexico and Monterrey (El Norte, Reforma and Milenio). She has curated several exhibitions and was Exhibitions Coordinator at MARCO and Curator at Museo de Monterrey (up to its closing date), where she developed the Mediateca Arte Acceso. She has a Master on Post-War and Contemporary Art in Sotheby's Institute, Manchester University. She is now Frieze representative for Mexico and Director of the Fundación Olga y Rufino Tamayo.
Graduated at Saint Marys University in San Antonio, Texas, where he cursed a degree on Business administration. He was curatorial projects and budgets coordinator for MARCO: Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, in Monterrey. He directed the Museo Tamayo from 2002-2009. Since 2010 he is director of Museo Amparo, in Puebla.
Born in La Habana, Cuba; lives in Mexico since 1965. She is mentioned in Claudia Herstatt's book Women Gallerists of the 20th and 21st Centuries as one of the 30 remarkable contemporary art gallerists; and in Denise Dresser's Gritos y Susurros, as one of the 38 leader women in Mexico. She is owner and director of the Nina Menocal gallery. First woman to patronize contemporary cuban art. In 1990 and 1993 her gallery brought the work of cuban artists of the movement La Generación de los Ochenta, born at the beginning of the Cuban Revolution in 1959: she offered them housing, exhibited their first solo exhibition and produced their first exhibition catalogs.
She holds a degree in Universal History, by Universidad Iberoamericana, where she was also professor. She's author of the best seller Mexico: Visión de los Ochenta and was awarded with the Premio Nacional de Periodismo (1982)
From 1999-2002 he worked at the galllery Air de Paris (France), and Kurimanzutto (Mexico). Along with Adriana Lara and Agustina Ferreyra he founded 'Perros Negros' (2003-2007), an alternative art office that organized artist's residences, exhibitions and publications. In 2008, with Josué Rojas, he opened Gaga Fine Arts, a commercial gallery in Mexico City that represents artists such as Guillermo Santamarina, Juan José Gurrola, Karl Holmqvist, Vivian Suter among others.
Mariana Munguía Matute
Sociologist by Universidad de Guadalajara, she served as coordinator of Patronato de Arte Contemporáneo AC from 2001-2004, where she coordinated the I, II and III International Symposium on Contemporary Art and Theory (SITAC). She was Curatorial Assistant for the exhibition and catalog Mexico City: an exchange rate of bodies and values, for PS1 (2001). She was director of Laboratorio de Arte Alameda (2006-2007) in Mexico City; director of Fundación Omnilife, where she opened the space 'La Planta' (2007-2008) and Oficina para Proyectos de Arte (OPA, 2008-2010), both in Guadalajara, Mexico. She was Art Basel and Art Basel Miami Beach representative for Mexico and was part of the artistic committee at the 8th Berlin Biennal
Patricia Ortíz Monasterio
Member of a family of architects, photographers, editors and historians. As museographer she was part of Museo de Arte Moderno (Mexico City) for a period of time; then she was Head of International Cultural Affairs at Secretaría de Reacopmes Exteriores. By 1983 she opened OM (as in Ortíz Monasterio) a contemporary art gallery. The next year, her husband, Jaime Riestra, architect and filmmaker, quit his job at Instituto Nacional Indigenista to develop OMR, the actual name of the gallery. Recently, their younger son Cristobal, is in charge of the management of the Gallery.
Curator in chief at Museo Universitario del Chopo (1989-1997). By 2000 she shaped the Laboratorio Arte Alameda, and she directed it from 2000-2004. Director of Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso (2004-2013) and right after she became director of Special Cultural Projects for Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores. She has participated in several exhibitions catalogs, and has been jury in different contests of visual arts.
She has been involved in the art world for more than 30 years.
Ph. D Haydée Rovirosa was also curator of Ex-Teresa Arte Actual; she supported young artists with the project Temístocles 44; and directed Art&Idea, in Mexico City and New York.
Founder of Galería Sloane-Racotta (1980) in Mexico City, meeting place for artists of different generations. The Gallery closed by 1994, and when she began her practice as independent curator; she coordinates Mexico's participation at Johannesburg and Estabul Bienal. By 2000, she is part of the foundation of PAC (Patronato de Arte Contemporáneo) and she is appointed director of Museo Carrillo Gil (Mexico City, 2002). After she creates, along with Olivier Debroise and Magalí Arriola the projects: Curaduría Express and CANAIA (National Chamber of the artistic industry). From 2013-2016 she was Treasure Secretary at CIMAM. Since 2003, she collaborates with MUAC (Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo) as advisor for the Direction of Visual Arts Department, at UNAM.