Brooke Kamin Rapaport
Commissioner

Brooke Kamin Rapaport is Commissioner and Curator of the United States Pavilion for the 58th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia. She is Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Deputy Director and Martin Friedman Senior Curator and is responsible for the outdoor public sculpture program of commissioned work by contemporary artists. Through Madison Square Park Conservancy, she founded Public Art Consortium, a national coalition of museum, public art program and sculpture park colleagues. Rapaport was assistant and associate curator of contemporary art at the Brooklyn Museum, where she oversaw the permanent collection and organized numerous exhibitions including Vital Forms: American Art and Design in the Atomic Age, 1940-1960 (2001), and a series of installations in the Grand Lobby with contemporary artists such as Houston Conwill, Leon Golub, and Meg Webster. Rapaport was also a guest curator at The Jewish Museum in New York, where she organized exhibitions including The Sculpture of Louise Nevelson: Constructing a Legend (2007) and Houdini: Art and Magic (2010). She frequently speaks on and moderates programs on contemporary art and issues in public art. Rapaport also writes for Sculpture, where she is a contributing editor. She serves on the boards of Socrates Sculpture Park, the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, and the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College. She earned her B.A. from Amherst College and her M.A. in art history from Rutgers University.
 
Tod Williams and Billie Tsien Architects
Exhibition Designers

Tod Williams and Billie Tsien are the exhibition designers for the U.S. Pavilion at the 58th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia. Williams and Tsien began working together in 1977 and founded their architectural practice in 1986. Located in New York City, their studio focuses on work for institutions including schools, museums, and not-for-profits. A sense of rootedness, light, texture, detail, and most of all experience, are at the heart of what they build. Notable projects include the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, the LeFrak Center in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, Asia Society Center in Hong Kong and they are currently designing the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago. They also previously participated in the 13th Annual Venice Architecture Biennale, with their curated
exhibit “Wunderkammer”. Over the past three decades, they have received numerous national and international citations, including the 2013 National Medal of the Arts from President Obama and the Architecture Firm Award from the American Institute of Architects. Outside the studio, Williams and Tsien are active participants in a broad cultural community and maintain long-standing associations with many organizations devoted to the arts. Williams is a trustee at both the American Academy in Rome and the Cranbrook Educational Community. Tsien is the current president of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Both are Fellows of the American Academy in Rome, and have been inducted into the American Philosophical Society, American Academy of Arts and Letters, National Academy of Design, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences In parallel with their practice, they maintain active academic careers and lecture worldwide. At various times, they have taught at such institutions as the Cooper Union, Harvard University, Cornell University, Yale University, and the University of Pennsylvania among many others. As both educators and practitioners, they are dedicated to creating a better world through architecture.
 
Tom Cahill
Outreach Partner
President, Studio Institute of Studio in a School
 
 
In conjunction with the presentation at the U.S. Pavilion, the Conservancy and Puryear will realize outreach programs with youth through a collaboration between Studio Institute of Studio in a School Association, Inc. in New York and Istituto Santa Maria della Pietà in Venice. The partnership between Studio Institute and La Pietà will consist of American university students affiliated with Studio Institute traveling to Venice to work with La Pietà’s youth in a curriculum developed for the Biennale.

Studio in a School is a nonprofit organization that fosters the creative and intellectual development of New York City youth through quality visual arts programs directed by arts professionals. Studio Institute, a division of Studio in a School led by President Tom Cahill, shares professional learning, partnership programs, arts internships, and research grants in local and national forums. Studio’s teaching artists regularly lead Conservancy programs related to the exhibitions on view. In 2016, high school students had the opportunity to meet with Martin Puryear to discuss Big Bling.