Christine Messineo


How long have you worked in your current job?
Two years, since the gallery opened.

What do you like most about your job?
The gallery is a rather small operation, so working closely with people I respect.

What would you change about the art world?

Wearing skinny jeans; it’s really hard to hang shows in them.

What do you do when you’re not working?
Meals with friends, but also the necessary mundane.  I’m obsessed with grocery stores and tend to seek them out when I travel.  I have a friend who brings back ordinary objects, like tin foil or toothpaste as souvenirs, and there is something about this gesture that I appreciate and relate to.    My Mondays are independent from anything art related: coffee and the Williamsburg library, which has the most eclectic DVD collection- ranging from lessons in polish dancing, to The Big Chill, to black and white mobster movies.

What is the most inspiring part about living and working in your city?
That it is a pedestrian city.

How is the art world changing right now?
A tendency toward collaboration.  

If you could own any piece of art, what would it be?
I grew up in Connecticut, just outside of Hartford, so I distinctly remember visiting the Wadsworth as a child and spending time with the Rauschenberg that was part of their permanent collection.  There is something extraordinary about being able to own the work that inspired my interest in art.   A bit more realistic, would be a photograph by Talia Chetrit. She’s an emerging artist who visualizes the inherent characteristics of photography by exposing it’s invisible actions.

What current cultural phenomenon interests you most?
Twitter and Facebook. A totally acceptable form of nosiness.