O ur Mission
Atamian Hovsepian Curatorial Practice (Est. 2022) is a project-based curatorial initiative located in New York City. We invest in long-term collaborations with artists, nurturing and developing rigorous and experimental practices in order to bring vital new voices to the public. Committed to the promotion of creativity, equity, and diversity, we recognize art as a transformative force and a vehicle for social change. Through our creative curatorial focus, AHCP mobilizes art’s unique ability to address the state of our global reality today and our future. We are committed to affirming, developing, and supporting the many underrepresented voices creating outstanding art. This includes women, LGBTQ+, and artists of color, practices whose methods, forms, and expressions have been unrecognized or marginalized. We also recognize the urgency to develop new audiences for artistic engagement.
Our educational work is central to our curatorial mission: we collaborate with universities, museums, and other public institutions to curate challenging and inclusive art exhibitions, workshops, readings, film screenings, and podcasts. We strive to become a platform for alternative and innovative ideas to flourish.
O ur Curators
Christopher Atamian is a noted critic and multi-platform storyteller who has written for leading publications, including The New York Times, The Huffington Post, The Brooklyn Rail, and Hyperallergic. He is the former Dance critic for The New York Press and Co-Editor and Publisher of KGB Magazine.
Christopher has curated both art and film, including 12 exhibitions for the non-profit Nor Alik, which he also founded. He co-created Atamian Hovsepian Curatorial Practice (AHCP) with a focus on experimental and conceptual art by underrepresented voices, including women, LGBTQ+, SWANA, and BIPOC’s. Most recently, as the co-curator of AHCP, he presented two exhibitions: The Future of Things Passed featuring four leading Armenian women artists and Art to Learn, Art to Live at Lebanese American University, featuring 53 leading artists from Lebanon; James Gortner Terra Incognita; David Kareyan New Locality; Osheen Harruthoonyan, Uchronie Fragments; Tsolak Topchyan Universal Pink.
Christopher has published six books, and edited art catalogues and books for curators such as Adelina von Furstenberg and the late Neery Melkonian. Alumnus of Harvard University, USC Film School and Columbia Business School, he has been the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship at the ETH Zürich, a Bronfman Scholarship in Democratic Enterprise, two Tölölyan Literary Prizes and the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. He has ben nominated for a National Book Award and a Pulitzer Prize.
Before dedicating himself to the arts Atamian worked for twenty years in senior positions at leading advertising and communications agencies, including Ogilvy lnteractive, KX Associates, Group SJR/Hill + Knowlton Consulting and as Vice President of Branding Globally at J.P. Morgan l-Bank.
Tamar Hovsepian is a writer and curator with an expertise in Armenian and Contemporary Art. She has curated exhibitions in New York City and co-created Atamian Hovsepian Curatorial Practice (AHCP) with a focus on experimental and conceptual art by underrepresented voices, including women, LGBTQ+, SWANA, and BIPOC's. Her groundbreaking 2007 exhibition featuring 32 women artists of Armenian descent at Artist's Loft in Tribeca was a steppingstone that led to collaborations with various galleries and curators, including: Endless Inspiration: Flowers in Works of Five LIC Artists in 2008 at Art-o-Mat gallery, and the 2013 Juxtaposition: Contemporary Armenian Artists at Denise Bibro Fine Arts. Most recently, as the co-curator of AHCP, she presented several exhibitions: The Future of Things Passed featuring four leading NYC based women artists of Armenian descent; Art to Learn, Art to Live at Lebanese American University, featuring 53 artists from Lebanon; James Gortner Terra Incognita; David Kareyan New Locality; Osheen Harruthoonyan, Uchronie Fragments; Tsolak Topchyan Universal Pink.
Born in Yerevan, Tamar graduated from the Yerevan State Academy of Fine Arts with a BA/MA in Theory and History of Art. She has twenty years of experience working as a writer for leading Armenian publications and has also worked as a television reporter. In 2012, Tamar earned a second MA in Urban Affairs from CUNY. She then gained experience working in communications and development for various museums, galleries, and municipal agencies, including Microcosm Gallery, Stephen Haller Gallery, and the Queens Museum of Art in New York City. Tamar is a board member at the Ashot Johannissyan Research Institute in the Humanities. In 2022 she co-founded Atamian Hovsepian artists’ residency aiming to support and foster the artistic practices of Armenian artists.