Ella Marder is a French-American curator and creative strategy consultant. She specializes in the creation and development of cultural partnerships and programming, working closely with diverse organizations and artists in both the U.S. and Europe.
She began her career in Paris, where she received a double Master’s degree from the Department of Art History and Modern Literature & Film at the Jussieu University of Paris. She was an art reporter for French publications Libération and Rue89/Nouvel Obs, and shifted from journalism towards independent cultural production in the fields of performing and visual arts, working with IMEC; Cultural House Amiens; and Bel Air International Classical Music Festival.
In 2008, Ella Marder moved to New York and was hired by the French Embassy’s Visual and Performing Arts department, where she served as the Associate Cultural Attaché. There, she specialized in fostering and advancing French-American artistic exchange. After five years with the French Embassy, Marder became founding Program & Managing Director for Pioneer Works, Center for Art and Innovation. A manifestation of artist Dustin Yellin’s vision, she worked with him to turn an abandoned building in Red Hook, Brooklyn into one of New York’s most exciting and progressive art institutions.
As the Center’s first Director, she was integral in shaping Pioneer Works’ exhibitions, outreach, education, and residency programs – including the now established and always anticipatedSecond Sundays: a monthly open house featuring open studios, dance, and live music. In Summer 2015, Marder left Pioneer Works to focus on independent curatorial activities, and to take on new projects.
As a curator and consultant, Marder closely collaborates with organizations and artists spanning all disciplines. Depending on the needs, she has worked with them to: curate shows; develop programming, curriculums and partnerships; present works; gain admittance to relevant fairs and events; communication (..).
Marder is the Director of Cultural Programming of NeueHouse, a private creative collective and workspace of leading entrepreneurs and creative teams. Located in New York, Los Angeles and soon London, NeueHouse is a global home for innovators in film, design, fashion, branding, architecture and the arts.*
Her collaborators and institutional partners include: NeueHouse (Current Cultural Ambassador/ Cultural Programs), Pioneer Works, Oberon Hospitality, Fort Gansevoort, Performa, Vision Into Art, National Sawdust, The Kitchen, TED, The New York Public Library, The Museum of Jewish Heritage, Clocktower Productions, Issue Project Room, Crossing The Line festival, French Institute Alliance Française, Barbes, The Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Rooftop Films, Residency Unlimited, Recess, The Irish Historical Society, Vice, The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), CUNY, Columbia University, The Brooklyn Museum, National Sawdust, Vision into Arts, Art OMI, Rooftop Films, Centre National d’Art Dramatique d’Orléans, Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Number 29 Communications, Studio 55, The Invisible Dog, 1:54 African Art Fair (London), Foam Photography Museum (Amsterdam), Joyce Yahouda Gallery (Montreal), Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Galerie Anne Barrault, Galerie Anne Vidal (Paris), and more.
Among the visual artists with whom she has worked are: Julian Crouch, Bosco Sodi, Daniel Horowitz, Henrique Oliveira, Gerard & Kelly, Chico MacMurtrie, Mickalene Thomas, Michael Joo, Philippe Quesne, Arthur Nauzyciel, Elie Wajeman, Clifford Owens, Louise Despont, Hank Willis Thomas, Nora Chipaumire, Cadu, David Horvitz, Rachel Sussman, Pedro Barbeito, Andres Carranza, Dorit Chrysler, Molly Lowe, Yuri Masnyj, Lauren Bakst, Hyon Gyon, Loris Gréaud, Matthew Leifheit...
Marder currently lives in Vinegar Hill, Brooklyn with her husband, artist Daniel Horowitz, though she can often be found in Paris.
*NeueHouse has standing partnerships with The Whitney, MOMA, The Film Society at Lincoln Center, The NYC Ballet, Stephen Petronio Company, Trisha Brown Dance Company, The Met, The Kitchen, Creative Time, David Zwirner Gallery, Gladstone Gallery, 303 Gallery, Gagosian Gallery, IFC, Sundance, Tribeca Film Festival, Frieze Art Fair NY, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair and other institutions, museums, galleries, film companies and media conglomerates. Over the last two years, we’ve had the opportunity to collaborate with a wide variety of directors, actors, filmmakers, artists, authors, and musicians including Werner Herzog, Scott Z Burns, Terence Winter, Salman Rushdie, Kanye West, Steve McQueen, Cary Fukanaga, Deepak Chopra, Kim Gordon and more...