Monika Fabijanska


Monika Fabijanska is an art historian with over 15 years’ experience in curating, producing, and managing arts. Based in New York City, she specializes in international contemporary art and has special interest in women's art.


She designs curatorial programs for public institutions and private galleries, curates and produces solo and group exhibitions, as well as accompanying public programming and publications. Her credits include public art projects in NYC for which she built collaborative networks between artists, cultural institutions, and government administration. She writes about artists and the significance of their works.


Monika Fabijanska appraises contemporary art. She is the Associate of the Appraisers Association of America, and completed the full course and examination of The Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP), with biannual updates. Currently effective through July 2021.
USPAP is the Congressionally-recognized set of ethical and performance standards for
the appraisal profession in the United States, promulgated by The Appraisal Foundation.


Clients will appreciate her critical apprehension of new works of art that stems from deep theoretical knowledge, comparative perspective, and experience in judging artistic work. Monika Fabijanska has served as member of selection committees for artistic residencies and has chosen projects and artists for galleries and non-profit institutions regularly visiting artists’ studios, international biennials and contemporary art fairs. Her critical judgment will help enrich your collection with works of high aesthetic and intellectual value with a significant museum potential. She closely follows art markets for works by Polish artists – both contemporary and historical – and arranges secondary market sales in Europe and the US. The combination of experience in the art world and background in international diplomacy makes her unique in the field.


Monika Fabijanska collaborates with and represents and artists whose works manifest intellectual depth and social significance. Owing to her expertise in cultural history and her understanding of contemporary artistic practice – and ability to persuade others to consider new ideas – Fabijanska has an exceptional record of introducing new artists for inclusion in museum collections and institutional exhibitions. In her work she draws on experience in international relations and a broad network of curatorial contacts in the US and Europe.


Monika Fabijanska curated critically acclaimed exhibition, The Un-Heroic Act: Representations of Rape in  Contemporary Women's Art in the U.S. at Shiva Gallery, John Jay College, NYC, 2018, with a catalog and symposium. Hyperallergic named it the fifth best NYC art show in 2018, and it was reviewed by The New York Times, The New Yorker, Art in America, Artforum, The Brooklyn Rail and Art Papers, among the others. 

She provided initiative, consulting, and institutional support for the purchase and exhibition by The Museum of Modern Art of works by Polish feminist sculptor Alina Szapocznikow (2012), and collaborated on two eponymous feminist exhibitions: WACK! Art in the Feminist Revolution with curator Connie Butler (MoCA, Los Angeles, 2007; MoMA P.S.1, NYC); and Global Feminisms with curator Maura Reilly (Brooklyn Museum of Art, 2007).

She co-produced presentations of Artur Żmijewski at MoMA (2009-2010), Krzysztof Wodiczko at ICA Boston (2009-2010), Christian Tomaszewski and Joanna Malinowska at Performa (2009), Tadeusz Kantor at The Jewish Museum (2008-2009), Zbigniew Libera at the University of Michigan (2006), Wilhelm Sasnal at Berkeley Art Museum (2005). She organized and spoke at the international conference Art and Theater of Tadeusz Kantor at the Graduate Center CUNY and curated Tadeusz Kantor's "Theatre of Death" screenings series and an exhibition at La MaMa E.T.C., NYC, (2008-2009). She curated the exhibition of 28 artists, Polyphony of Images (De Lamar Mansion, NYC, 2006, catalog). She produced and assisted the curator of Architectures of Gender. Contemporary Women’s Art in Poland, the exhibition of 16 installations at SculptureCenter, NYC (2003, catalog). In 2003 she launched Poland-US Artist-in-Residence Exchange Program, in collaboration with Location One in NYC, Headlands in Sausalito, CA, Spaces in Cleveland, OH, and CCA Zamek Ujazdowski in Warsaw, Poland. The program served dozens of artists.

Monika Fabijanska was Poland's cultural attaché in New York, 2000-2010, serving as Deputy Director and later Director of the Polish Cultural Institute, where she produced or co-produced more than 600 visual and performing arts projects with the best US cultural presenters. She conceived and in 2010-2013 served as Director/Curator of Poland-US Campus Arts Project, a program she developed with Harvard, MIT, Yale, Princeton, and University of Michigan. She was Co-Director in charge of curatorial program and relations with museums and institutions at ART 3 gallery in Brooklyn, 2014-2015.

She holds Master of Arts degree in History of Art from the University of Warsaw.

photo by  Bartlomiej Barczyk / Agencja Gazeta