Ballroom Marfa names Daisy Nam as executive director

Daisy Nam
Daisy Nam, executive director and curator of Ballroom Marfa. Photo by Mackenzie Goodman

Ballroom Marfa has appointed of its new executive director, and curator Daisy Nam.

Nam was previously the curator at Ballroom Marfa, where she organized exhibitions, such as the solo presentation of new works by Donna Huanca “ESPEJO QUEMADA,” as well as launched an artist-in-residence program Ballroom Session–The Farther Place during the pandemic with Ballroom music curator Sarah Melendez.

Nam joined Ballroom Marfa in 2020 from the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University where she served as the Assistant Director from 2015–2019 organizing exhibitions, performances, and public programs. Prior, she curated and produced seven seasons of talks, screenings, performances, and workshops from 2008–2015 as the assistant director of public programs at the School of the Arts, Columbia University. Curatorial residencies and fellowships include: Marcia Tucker Senior Research Fellow at the New Museum, New York (2020); Bellas Artes, Bataan, Philippines (2020); Surf Point in York, Maine (2019); Gwangju Biennale Foundation, Korea (2018).

She holds a master’s degree in Curatorial and Critical Studies from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in Art History and Cinema Studies from New York University. She has been a lecturer at RISD, Lesley University, and a visiting critic at Northeastern, SMFA/Tufts, and SVA . She co-edited a publication, “Best! Letters from Asian Americans in the Arts “with Paper Monument in 2021.