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 completed The Comprehensive Appraisal Studies Program of the Appraisers Association of America, and passed The Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) examination. USPAP is the generally recognized ethical and performance standards for the appraisal profession in the United States.


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. The exhibition was accompanied by a catalog and symposium, and was reviewed by The New York Times, Artforum, The Brooklyn Rail and Art Papers, among the others.  Hyperallergic named it one of twenty best NYC art shows in 2018.

Among her other achievements was providing initiative, consulting, and institutional support for the purchase and exhibition by The Museum of Modern Art of works by Polish feminist sculptor Alina Szapocznikow. She initiated and co-produced presentations of outstanding artists in the US, notably Magdalena Abakanowicz at MoCA LA, Tadeusz Kantor at The Jewish Museum, Katarzyna Kozyra at Brooklyn Museum of Art, Zbigniew Libera at the University of Michigan, Wilhelm Sasnal at Berkeley Art Museum, Christian Tomaszewski & Joanna Malinowska at Performa, and Artur Żmijewski at MoMA. She organized 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 produced Architectures of Gender. Contemporary Women’s Art in Poland, the exhibition of 16 installations at SculptureCenter (2003), and curated the exhibition of 28 artists, Polyphony of Images. Cutting-Edge Contemporary Art from Poland: Video, Performance, and Other Media (2008). In 2003 she launched Poland-US Artists-in-Residency Exchange Program in collaboration with Location One in NYC, Headlands in Sausalito, CA, Spaces in Cleveland, OH, and CCA Zamek Ujazdowski in Warsaw, in which several dozens of artists participated.

Monika Fabijanska was Poland's cultural attache, 2000-2010, and served as Deputy Director and later Director of the Polish Cultural Institute in New York, 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