Have you seen our High Summer campaign, shot in Miami? To celebrate the city’s cool cultural scene, we caught up with curatorial assistant Maritza Lacayo as part of our partnership with Pérez Art Museum Miami. Spending your days surrounded by beautiful works of art sounds like a pretty dreamy job to us, but what is being a curator actually like? Keep reading to get the inside scoop…
Where did your love of art begin?
It was my first time in Italy as a teenager that sparked my interest in art and art history. Walking through the streets of Rome, exploring the Capitoline Museum, the Uffizi in Florence… it instilled a sense of adventure in me that I had never felt before. I realised that there is an entire world out there that I could discover.
Talk us through your career trajectory…
From the very early stages of college applications, I knew that I wanted to move away — far away! At 18 years old, I moved to Paris and majored in Art History and History, then got my Master’s degree in Modern and Contemporary Art from the University of Glasgow. The travelling didn’t stop there: I moved to Venice and worked at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and finally to my role at PAMM. Working in the Curatorial Department is a dream come true and I am surrounded by some incredibly creative people who I learn from every single day.
What advice would you give to people who want to work in art and museums?
The most important thing is to set yourself apart from all the other applicants fighting for the same position. What has certainly helped propel me forward is my decision to live, study and work abroad. Whatever it is you have done, take it with you and put it to use. Your story is original and you should use it to your advantage.
What’s an normal day look like for you at Pérez Art Museum Miami?
I usually arrive quite early as I enjoy the peace and quiet that 8:30 a.m provides. I do a lot of reading in the morning and if we‘re close to opening an exhibition I find myself in the galleries working with the curators. Most days are hectic in their own way, whether it is due to a print deadline, exhibition installation or perhaps an artist is in town and coming to PAMM for a private tour!
How’s your work / life balance?
Every day, I leave PAMM and go straight to the gym. I think it’s imperative to leave work at work and spend time with family, read a great book and hang out with your friends. We all need a little self-care every once in a while.
What’s your usual office outfit?
I am definitely a pants-kinda-girl, you’ll rarely catch me in anything else. Unless it’s a dress with pockets – fashion and function! If the outfit feels too simple, I top it off with some hot-pink lipstick.
And what about when you’re feeling a little more brave in your style?
Mixing patterns has become my go-to strategy when I am feeling extra confident. I absolutely love to express myself through my clothing. I am multifaceted, so my wardrobe should reflect that.
Tell us how you’d style one or more of the pieces you got at Topshop this week?
I am excited to rock the embellished jeans. What I absolutely love about them is the fit: they are flattering at the waist with a wide-leg cropped hem. I am also a huge fan of the embroidered Jamie jeans. Topshop jeans hug me in all the right places and give me a shape I want to show off!