As Vilcek Foundation archivist, Andrea Kutsenkow is responsible for establishing the Vilcek Foundation Archives, a project launched in early 2022. The purpose of the archives is to preserve the legacy of cofounders Jan and Marica Vilcek and to catalog documents and materials related to the development of programs over the organization’s history by Vilcek Foundation President Rick Kinsel and the board of directors.
The archives will also serve as a reference library to preserve the history, outputs, and impact of the organization through its prizes, exhibitions, grant-making, and publications.
Kutsenkow comes to the Vilcek Foundation with a deep appreciation for the arts, and experience working in the development of archives for major institutions including Pace Gallery, New York University, and AFS Intercultural Programs, among others. As the archivist at Pace Gallery, she developed systems for managing six decades worth of archival materials and information, and led the development of archival initiatives to promote accessibility and transparency.
Kutsenkow is a member of the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York (ART), the Catalogue Raisonné Scholars Association (CRSA), the Society of American Archivists (SAA), the College Art Association (CAA), the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and Art Table.
She earned her Master’s in Archives and Public History at New York University, and a Master’s in the History of Art and the Art Market from Christie’s Education, New York.
In addition to her interest in arts and culture, Kutsenkow is particularly interested in NFTs and blockchain technologies. Kutsenkow is a core collaborator on OneBigZoo with multimedia specialist and crypto artist Michael Palmer. Kutsenkow is interested in the decentralized and independent proof that digital ownership allows, as it enables worldwide distribution of digital artwork