Diya Vij is a curator and cultural producer in New York City who critically investigates the evolving role of public art in politics and civic life. Over the past decade, she has held programming, curatorial, and communications positions at the High Line, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA), and the Queens Museum. As the Associate Curator of Public Programs at the High Line, she organized dozens of live events and performances with artists, activists, practitioners, and healers including artists ARM (Alexandro Segade, Robbie Acklen, Malik Gaines), Claudia Rankine, Toshi Reagon, Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste, Salome Asega, and Ronny Quevedo. She co-curated a forthcoming performance festival with Jeremy O. Harris. At DCLA, Vij launched and co-directed the Public Artists in Residence (PAIR) program, a municipal residency program that embeds artists into city agencies to address New York City’s most pressing issues. Participating artists have included Tania Bruguera, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, Onyedika Chuke, and Ebony Noelle Golden.
Additionally, she was a project lead for the Agency’s citywide Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiative, and played an active role in public monument efforts, and CreateNYC — New York City’s first cultural plan. She was a curatorial fellow and the communications manager at the Queens Museum from 2010-2014. While there, Vij co-curated The Arte Útil Lab, an investigative space initiated by Tania Bruguera to interrogate art as a tool for social and political transformation. She’s worked on several independent projects including a recent digital exhibition for Art at a Time Like This called The Life Instinct highlighting artists who are working in mutual aid including Lauren Halsey, Guadalupe Maravilla, and Tanya Aguiñiga. She received her MA in Art History from Hunter College in 2015 and her BA from Bard College in 2008.