Valerie Cassel-Oliver is senior curator at the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX. She was director of the Visiting Artist Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL, and a program specialist at the National Endowment for the Arts, Washington DC. In 2000 she was one of six curators selected to organize the Biennial for the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. Cassel-Oliver has organized numerous exhibitions including Splat Boom Pow! The Influence of Cartoons in Contemporary Art (2003); the acclaimed Double Consciousness: Black Conceptual Art Since 1970 (2005); Black Light/White Noise: Sound and Light in Contemporary Art (2007); Cinema Remixed and Reloaded: Black Women Artists and the Moving Image (2008) with Dr. Andrea Barnwell Brownlee; Hand +Made: The Performative Impulse in Art and Craft (2010); a major retrospective on Black Fluxus artist Benjamin Patterson, Born in the State of Flux/us, and, most recently, the survey Donald Moffett: The Extravagant Vein (2011), the artist’s first major survey, now on tour.
Following the widespread popularity and success of PROJECT 35, ICI is collaborating with 35 more international curators to produce PROJECT 35 VOLUME 2. This program of single-channel videos is selected by 35 international curators who each chose one work from an artist they think is important for audiences around the world to experience today.