The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation Announces Anjuli Nanda Diamond as Artistic Director

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The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation 

Announces Anjuli Nanda Diamond as Artistic Director


NEW YORK, NY – February 22, 2022 – The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation is pleased to announce the promotion of Anjuli Nanda Diamond to Artistic Director. She is co-editor of the Foundation’s forthcoming publication An Incomplete Archive of Activist Art (Published by Hirmer, distributed in the US by University of Chicago Press, 2022). She previously served as Curator at the Foundation organizing exhibitions relating to the mission of art and social justice.

“We are delighted to promote Anjuli into the role of Artistic Director,” said Shelley Frost Rubin. “Her steadfast commitment to the Foundation has been realized in her curatorial, educational, and publishing work for over ten years, making her ideal for this new role. On behalf of the Foundation, we wish her great success and look forward to supporting her in this leadership role.”

At the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation’s exhibition space, The 8th Floor, her work has included To Cast Too Bold A Shadow (2020), Revolution from Without… (2019), Sedimentations: Assemblage as Social Repair (2018), The Supper Club (2017), The Intersectional Self (2017), In the Power of Your Care (2016), and When Artists Speak Truth… (2015). Nanda Diamond has also coordinated numerous exhibitions drawn from the Rubin’s extensive private collection of Contemporary Cuban art, including Unconscious Thoughts Animate the World at the Lowe Art Museum, Miami (2017); Gestures of Faith in Contemporary Cuban Art at the Rubin Museum, New York (2016); and Citizens of the World: Cuba in Queens at the Queens Museum, New York (2014). 

“I am thrilled to take on the stewardship of the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, and to continue championing emerging and underrepresented artists. I look forward to implementing the ongoing legacy of the Rubins’ by helping to amplify diverse voices in society and reevaluating histories in these challenging times,” said Anjuli Nanda Diamond.

She received her Bachelor of Arts from the George Washington University and a Master’s in Art Business from Sotheby’s Institute of Art, where her thesis examined the production and distribution of contemporary art from regions of political turmoil, with case studies on Cuba, Iran, and Lebanon. Additionally, she was co-editor of the 2019 publication Elia Alba: The Supper Club.


About the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation

The Foundation believes in art as a cornerstone of cohesive, sustainable communities and greater participation in civic life. In its mission to make art available to the broader public, in particular to underserved communities, the Foundation provides direct support to, and facilitates partnerships between, cultural organizations and advocates of social justice across the public and private sectors. Through grantmaking, the Foundation supports cross-disciplinary work connecting art with social justice via experimental collaborations, as well as extending cultural resources to organizations and areas of New York City in need.


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