Lucy Mensah

Lucy Mensah is currently an assistant curator of contemporary art at the Detroit Institute of Arts. One of her chief responsibilities is to assist in a contemporary gallery reinstallation project set for 2020. Before the DIA, Mensah was an art history fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She assisted in acquisition research and collection management. Furthermore, she developed a research project examining the incorporation of West African textile design in Afrofuturist art and fashion. Her educational background combines studies in 20th century African American literature and visual culture. Mensah received a B.A. in English from Bucknell University (2009), an M.A. in Literary & Culture Studies from Carnegie Mellon University (2011), and a Ph.D. in English from Vanderbilt University (2016). Her dissertation, Designing Cities & Men: Post WWII Urban Renewal, Black Masculinity, and African American Aesthetics, examined the influence of post-WWII urban renewal in the literary and visual representations of masculinity by African American writers and artists. She completed a fellowship at the National Museum of American History in the summer of 2013, and worked as a curatorial intern at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts from 2015-2016. She recently co-curated a show at the DIA titled Making Home: Contemporary Works from the DIA, a permanent collection show that presents artwork that portray literal and conceptual ideas of home.

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2018 Curatorial Intensive in New Orleans: Public Symposium

The Curatorial Intensive participants of the 2018 New Orleans program will each present their project proposals that they have been developing over the course of the program.

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Curatorial Intensive in New Orleans

In collaboration with the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, ICI presents the fourth Curatorial Intensive in New Orleans.

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