Who Am I ?
1: Who am I?
2: What do you do and what project are you currently working on?
Currently, I am consulting and managaing artists and curating pop-up shows in New York City. I also teach art in a District 75 school in Brooklyn. In April, I co-curated All City, a survey on street art, with AMH Industries. In July, Anne Huntington of AMH Industries and I also co-curated the live art for the LOOSEWORLD Pool Party Series out in the Hamptons. For the next show in October, I am working with a new production company, Wolf and Daughter––it will be a one week pop-up, multi-media exhibition, with several artists of different styles and fields, in lower Manhattan, that explores evocative emotions.
3: Where are you from and where are you going?
I moved here from New Jersey two summers ago after finishing school for more school. I finished my master’s in the spring and I’m happy to not be a student. The plan is to stay in NYC, but this doesn’t mean I wouldn’t get up and go if the opportunity was right; well, if it meant moving to another big city, preferably in Europe. For now, the only place I’m planning to go for the rest of this year is Miami for Art Basel.
4: Who is your biggest hero?
Ai Weiwei. He is definitely one of my favorite artists right now. He’s a talented and intelligent man that stands for what he believes, with a far reaching message––beautiful qualities in someone I would consider a hero.
5: What book is your bible?
My two favorite books are Junot Diaz’s The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises, but I wouldn’t consider either my bible. Actually, what helps guide my life and career decisions is a brief lecture by Milton Glaser, which addresses the Fear of Failure, part of the Berghs’ Exhibition ’11. In it, he eloquently states, “Find out what you are capable of doing and find out what you are not capable of doing.” I always tell myself this when embarking on a project or when I’m feeling overwhelmed by the city, the art world, or life in general.
6: What are some things you love? And some things you hate?
Love: Japanese emoticons, humble people, riding over the bridge on my bike or in a car with the windows down, sitting waterfront in the city, martinis, and people who ask questions over those who just like to hear themselves speak. What do I hate? When men think it’s okay to blow snot rockets in Greenpoint and Chinatown!
7: What is your raison d’être?
Imbibe in as much art as physically and emotionally possible.
8: What is your favorite color?
Blue. Yves Klein is spot on with IKB.
9: Who is your favorite comic book superhero?
10: What is your favorite NYC hot spot?
You can always find me eating and drinking at the following places: Les Enfant, L’asso, Fat Radish, Sweet Water, Five Leaves, and my new favorite, Aurora––places where you can get a delicious dirty martini, tasty food, and good conversation.
11: What turns you on?
Discovering a new artist, passionate people, people who look you straight in the eyes when talking to you, flowers, sweet kisses, a well dressed man/woman, and warm, genuine people.
12: What would the last question of this questionnaire be if you were the one asking?
Where do you like to go in New York City that transports you somewhere else in this world?
Natalie Trainor is an independent curator, consultant, and artist manager living and working in New York City. As an undergraduate, Natalie studied Art History at Rutgers College and recently completed the NYCTeaching Fellowship in Spring 2011, where she teaches art in a District 75 program in Brooklyn. She shares her scope of the world’s cultural pulse via Sharkbiting, a blog for artists, scenesters, collectors, and the gallery-addicted in NYC.
Questions by PMc Magazine
Edited by Meaghan Coffey
Photography by Darnell Scott / Courtesy of Natalie Trainor
Design by Jillian Mercado
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Natalie Trainor, 2011, Photography by Darnell Scott / Courtesy of Natalie Trainor