Italian-born independent curator and writer Cecilia Alemani has been appointed curator and director of the art program of the High Line, New York's elevated park that has featured works by such artists as Spencer Finch, Sarah Sze and Kim Beck. Alemani is a guest curator for next month's Performa biennial and was a collaborator on the Frame section of the Frieze Art Fair in London earlier this month.

In 2009–10, she was the curatorial director of X Initiative, a year-long experimental space launched by dealer Elizabeth Dee in the former Dia Chelsea building. Among the shows she organized there were those by Keren Cytter, Hans Haacke, Derek Jarman, Mika Tajima and Artur Zmijewski. She is also the cofounder of No Soul For Sale, a festival of independent spaces, nonprofits and artist collectives that was held at X Initiative and, in May 2010, at Tate Modern. Alemani succeeds Lauren Ross, who is now curator of modern and contemporary art at the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa.