Alex Santana is a writer and curator with an interest in conceptual, politically-engaged, and participatory art. 

She has held research positions at the Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington, D.C.), the Newcomb Art Museum (New Orleans, LA), and Mana Contemporary (Jersey City, NJ).  Curated exhibitions and projects include: Morir Soñando, at Knockdown Center (2018), Summer Series, a monthly program of curated lectures exploring the lives and influence of artists, and Artistas del ahora, a series of conversations hosted on Instagram live with artists throughout the COVID epidemic. In addition to her work as an independent curator, she was formerly Associate Director at Alexander Gray Associates, developing exhibitions and working closely with artists including Luis Camnitzer, Teresa Burga, Regina Silveira, Valeska Soares, and Ricardo Brey. Santana’s interviews and essays have been published by The Brooklyn Rail, Precog Magazine, Artsy, and the Latinx Project. 

Originally from Newark, NJ, she is the child of immigrants from Spain and the Dominican Republic, and has a sustained commitment to social equity, access, and liberation, most especially in the arts.