Erika Hirugami

Erika Hirugami

Erika Hirugami

Graduate Student

Cohort 2019-20

Office: 7349 Bunche Hall


Curriculum Vitae


Erika Hirugami, MAAB
Founder and CEO of CuratorLove

Hirugami holds an MA in Art Business from the Sotheby’s Institute of Art, in conjunction with the Drucker School of Management and Getty Leadership Institute at Claremont Graduate University. As well as multiple BAs from UCLA in the fields of Art History, Chicano Studies, and Mexican Studies. She is currently a doctoral student at César E. Chávez Department of Chicana & Chicano Studies at UCLA, where she challenges the convergence of transnational aesthetics with a special focus on undocumented Mexican experiences.

As a Getty and Kress Foundation Fellow Hirugami has developed curatorial statements at museums such as CMA, MOLAA, MAZ, MUAC, and Bellas Artes, in Mexico City. After being a Public Art Curator for the Department of Cultural Affairs in the City of Los Angeles, Hirugami became the Curatorial Director for the Ronald McDonald House Charities, as well as Visiting Lecturer for Universities across the United States. She has curated exhibitions for multiple galleries across the globe, and her written work has been published internationally. She currently sits on the executive board of the Art Historians of Southern California.

More on Erika Hirugami at


  • MA, Art Business, Sotheby’s Institute of Art
  • BA, Art History, Chicana and Chicano Studies, and Mexican Studies, UCLA



  • Art Law and Latinx Labor Politics in the US.
  • Emancipatory policies for undocumented artists.
  • Latinx aesthetics and transcendental curatorial praxis.
  • Necropolitics in Mexican aesthetics.
  • Institutional accountability, and community.
  • The market value of Latinx aesthetics and contemporary art business.
  • Transcendental policies for Latinx artists in the art world.

Selected Publications

  • Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies – Vol.45 No.1 Spring 2020
  • On Their Backs
  • Moment of Silence
  • Impeach Art History
  • Who owns contemporary art?
  • Who are museums accountable to?
  • Reinventing the Wheel: Museum Diversity and Inclusion for All
  • In the Shadow of History
  • Big Data and the future of Museums
  • Complete list of publications at

Honors & Awards

  • Graduate Council Diversity Fellowship (2020-21)
  • CSRC’s Guillermo E. Hernandez Scholarship (2020)


  • Coalesce; Beyond the boundaries of Latinx aesthetics
  • Living Collections; Latinx communities and their stories
  • Monumental Installations; complexity and logistics of creation
  • Transcendental Curatorial Organizations; LA as Home.
  • Pathways to Diversity in the Arts Professions
  • Curating your career
  • Latinas in LA’s Creative Fields
  • Big Data at Museums