“Put on the weird shit, give people some booze, and the money will come.”
“When I engage with the city, it’s on my own terms.”
“New York tests you, to make sure you really want to move here.”
Curtiss’s first studio was basically “a tiny hallway” that cost $275 a month.
“Punch the clock, get the time in, get paid, get back to the studio. That was the priority.”
She compares New York City to a bee that can sense your fear—and that’s a good thing.
“I don’t think it’s about who works harder. It’s much bigger than that.”
Header image: Portrait of Nari Ward by Heather Sten for Artsy.
Corrections: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that Jaimie Warren is an educator at Dia:Beacon and that she held her recent show at American Medium in Brooklyn. She is an educator at Dia: Chelsea, and American Medium is located in Manhattan. Additionally, the non-profit Whoop Dee Doo was misspelled as Whoop De Doo.
The text has been updated to reflect these changes.