Brooklyn Academy of Music executive producer Joseph Melillo has been tapped to curate Rolex’s Arts Weekend — a culmination of the 2014-2015 Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative — which will take place in Mexico City from December 5 to 6. Since 2002, the watchmaking company’s mentoring program has paired younger artists with established people working in their field. For example, this year’s visual art duo matched Olafur Eliasson with Congolese photographer Sammy Baloji, whose work is currently on display in the Venice Biennale.
Other 2014-2015 pairs include recent Oscar winner Alejandro González Iñárritu mentoring Tom Shoval in film; American lighting designer Jennifer Tipton with Solórzano Rodríguez in theatre; Swiss architect Peter Zumthor with Paraguayan architect Gloria Cabral; Russian choreographer Alexei Ratmansky with American choreographer Myles Thatcher; Canadian author Michael Ondaatje with Bulgarian writer Miroslav Penkov; and Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho with Portuguese composer Vasco Mendonça.
During the Arts Weekend, protégés will present new work created under the guidance of their mentor; Melillo reportedly plans to meet this week with each artist, to discuss in which Mexico City venue they might present the works.
— Anneliese Cooper (@DawnDavenport)
(Photo: BAM executive producer Joseph Melillo attends the 2015 Karen Gala at the Duggal Greenhouse on April 28, 2015 in New York City; Photo by Mireya Acierto/Getty Images)