The Cruz-Diez Foundation is pleased to announce, with excitement and gratitude, that after six years acting as both Executive Director and President of the Board of Directors of CDF, Adriana Cruz will step down from managing the day-to-day operations of the organization to focus on her role as President of the Board of Directors, starting June 30, 2021.
Since 2015, Adriana has played a critical role in the growth and success of the organization. Under her leadership, CDF supported over 90 international exhibitions in 26 countries featuring the work of Cruz-Diez; produced 14 publications independently as well as in collaboration with partnering organizations in a variety of languages, including English, Spanish, and French; and oversaw the production of a series of educational videos about Cruz-Diez’s life and artistic contributions. Adriana spearheaded the efforts for the production of a Catalogue Raisonné, a program now well in development, and expanded the foundation’s collection to over 800 pieces, the cornerstone of the organization’s lending program. We want to thank Adriana for the many accomplishments of the CDF during her tenure, and her continued commitment and dedication to the foundation.
Effective July 1, 2021, Valeria Cordero Reyes and Carlota Perez-Appelbaum from the consulting company Active Culture will step in as Interim Co-Executive Directors. Valeria and Carlota bring to the Foundation over 30 years of combined experience working with private collections and nonprofit organizations, a fundamental belief in the importance of preserving creative legacies and a profound commitment to the role artists’ foundations can play in expanding cultural conversations. Since 2005, the Cruz-Diez Foundation has served as a cultural institution extending the legacy of Carlos Cruz-Diez’s work with a special focus on educational programs. In this new phase of the foundation, Carlota and Valeria will work closely with the Board, the Cruz-Diez family, and CDF’s team to strengthen the CDF’s operations and programs, as well as expanding the organization’s reach and visibility. We are very excited about this positive evolution for the foundation to continue fulfilling its mission of preserving and promoting the legacy of Carlos-Cruz-Diez for generations to come. Sincerely, Cruz-Diez Foundation Board of Directors