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An interview with Karen Vidangos — Social Media Manager at the Guggenheim and Founder of Latina in Museums

Join us for a chat with Karen Vidangos, social media manager at the Guggenheim Museum in New York and founder of Latina in Museums. We delve into her journey, experiences, and insights within the art world and the realm of social media — from her personal journey into the museum field to her thoughts on social media’s role in the art world and beyond. Karen’s story is an inspiring one that sheds light on the intersection of art, culture, and digital storytelling…

Meet Karen Vidangos, THE Latina in Musems at the Guggenheim

Can you introduce yourself to those who might not be familiar with you and your work?

Certainly! I’m Karen Vidangos, I was born and raised in the DC area and recently moved to New York about a year and a half ago. My educational background is rooted in the realm of art, holding a bachelor’s degree in art history and a master’s degree in museum studies. Interestingly, my journey into the world of art was a somewhat unconventional one, as I initially started my academic journey in government and politics. However, I quickly realized that my heart wasn’t in that path. After briefly trying to be an artist myself, my fascination with art and art history remained and eventually guided me to where I am today.

How has the transition been for you, moving from Washington DC to New York?

The transition from DC to New York has been both exciting and eye-opening. Having been a regular visitor to New York over the years, I had some familiarity with the city’s vibrant energy. While adjusting to the New York lifestyle wasn’t as challenging for me as it might be for others, I did need to acclimate to the city’s larger scale and diverse cultural offerings. DC does have the city and the cultural life — but not on the scale that New York does!

In this move to New York, also came the move to the Guggenheim, what’s it been like working for such a big name in the art world?

Working at the Guggenheim has been an incredible journey so far. Transitioning from the National Portrait Gallery to a museum that specializes in modern and contemporary art was a significant shift, but one that I was looking for. The Guggenheim had been through a lot over the years, so I wasn’t really sure what I was stepping in to — but everyone has been absolutely amazing! What truly stands out about my experience here is the positive and collaborative atmosphere within the team. Everyone is incredibly supportive and has a shared passion for what we do. It’s more than just a job; it’s an environment of shared enthusiasm and creativity, because everyone truly loves what they do!

At the risk of this sounding like a dumb question, are your offices inside the museum?

No, not at all. And definitely not a dumb question — because nobody actually knows!

The thing is....

Read the full article at the original medium publication from August 10th 2023 here.

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