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Carissa Rodriguez is an artist, writer and gallerist born in New York City where she currently lives and works. Upon receiving a degree in Literature at the New School for Social Research in 1994, her first exhibition was in 1996 at American Fine Arts, NY – 100 Photographs curated by Colin De Land. Her 1998 breakthrough project The Stand with designer Jodi Busby went on to exhibitions at P.S. 1 Museum, NY; The Swiss Institute, NY; and American Fine Arts, NY in 1999, The Royal College of Art, London; Gastatelier Fleetinsel, Hamburg; and TENT Centrum Beeldende Kunst, Rotterdam in 2000, and KW Kunst-Werke, Berlin in 2004. Her first solo exhibition was at Forde, Geneva in 2000 under the curatorship of Mai-Thu Perret and Fabrice Stroun. The year 2004 marked her last official art exhibition in New York at Greene Naftali Gallery and her entry into the gallery world as an art dealer at Reena Spaulings Fine Art, NY where she is currently Director in collaboration with Emily Sundblad and John Kelsey. As Reena Spaulings–the artist, Rodriguez collaborated on Reena Spaulings’ solo-exhibition at Galerie Chantal Crousel in 2008 – Courbet Your Enthusiasm.