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Nora Khan

Nora N. Khan is an independent curator and writer of criticism on digital visual culture, the politics of software, and philosophy of emerging technology. She is Executive Director of Project X for Art and Criticism, supporting X-TRA’s 25-year legacy of artists’ writing and art criticism in Los Angeles. She is the invited Curator for the next Biennale de L’Image en Mouvement in 2023, with Andrea Bellini, hosted by Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève. As curator of Manual Override at The Shed in New York City in 2020, she worked closely with Sondra Perry, Morehshin Allahyari, and Lynn Hershman Leeson on new commissions, in an exhibition that also featured major works by Simon Fujiwara and Martine Syms.

Khan’s decade of research and writing has focused on experimental art, music, and literature, with a focus on digital art, algorithmic art, machine learning-based art. Her short books are Seeing, Naming, Knowing (Brooklyn Rail, 2019) on the logic of machine vision, and one co-written with Steven Warwick, Fear Indexing the X-Files (Primary Information). Forthcoming are The Artificial and the Real (Art Metropole) on simulation and semantic mapping, and AI Art, Machine Learning, and the Stakes for Art Criticism (Lund Humphries). She frequently publishes prose and criticism in publications like Artforum and Art in America, and has written commissioned essays for major exhibitions at Serpentine Galleries, Chisenhale Gallery, the Venice Biennale – Estonian Pavilion, Centre Pompidou, Swiss Institute, and Kunstverein in Hamburg.

Her curatorial practice and her writing have been supported by many awards over the last decade, including, a residency at La Becque, a Critical Writing Grant given through the Visual Arts Foundation and the Crossed Purposes Foundation (2018), an Eyebeam Research Residency (2017), and a Thoma Foundation 2016 Arts Writing Award in Digital Art . She studied literature and fiction writing at Harvard and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

She has served as editor of Topical Cream, focusing on supporting GNC and BIPOC critics, HOLO magazine; she was a longtime editor (2014-2021) at Rhizome. From 2018-2021, she was a professor at Rhode Island School of Design, in Digital + Media, teaching critical theory and artistic research, experimental writing for artists and designers, and technological criticism. Her practice extends to a wide span of artistic collaborations, producing scripts, librettos, films, and even a tiny house, in A Wild-Ass Beyond: Apocalypse RN, with Sondra Perry, American Artist, and Caitlin Cherry at Performance Space, New York.

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Mark Scala

Mark Scala is the chief curator at the Frist Art Museum. His major exhibitions have focused on the subject of bodily vulnerability in the context of cultural transformation in global contemporary art. Chaos and Awe: Painting for the 21st Century (2018) was an international survey of artists who convey a sense of anxiety and sublimity arising from the contemplation of an increasingly unstable social imaginary. Phantom Bodies: The Human Aura in Art (2015) explored the subjects of physical absence, loss, and remembrance in contemporary art. Fairy Tales, Monsters, and the Genetic Imagination (2012) considered the theme of the hybrid body in folklore, science fiction, and genetic engineering. Paint Made Flesh (2009) featured expressionistic figure painting from the U.S., Germany, and Britain since World War II in which the experience of trauma, internal and external, is borne out in representations of the damaged body. Scala is currently working on the exhibition Matthew Ritchie: A Garden in the Flood, scheduled to open in November of 2022.

Scala has also organized exhibitions of the works of Diana Al-Hadid, Inka Essenhigh, Alicia Henry, Angelo Filomeno, Simen Johan, Ragnar Kjartansson, Osgemeos, Vesna Pavlovic, Jaume Plensa, Tokohiro Sato, Mary Sibande, Do-Ho Suh, Anna Maria Tavares, U-Ram Choe, Camille Utterback, and Guido van der Werve, among others.

Scala received his MA in art history/museum studies in 1988 and MFA in painting in 1979, both from Virginia Commonwealth University. Before coming to the Frist Art Museum in 2000, Scala was curator at the Art Museum of Western Virginia (1990-2000). From 2008-2013, he held the position of senior guest lecturer at Vanderbilt University, teaching the course Sources of Contemporary Art. He has been a critic for The New Art Examiner and has been interviewed by Huffington Post (see Lilia Ziamou, “Mark Scala: On Curating Thematic Exhibitions for the Body”) and NPR (see Susan Stanberg https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=105544892).

Scala has been a member of the Association of Art Museum Curators since 2001 and served on its board from 2010-2016.

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Jessica O’Hearn

Jessica O’Hearn is the Executive Director of the Brookline Arts Center in Brookline, Massachusetts. The BAC is a visual arts center that provides classes for the greater Boston community and presents exhibits featuring local and regionally known artists, with an emphasis on work by underrepresented and emerging artists.
Before joining the BAC, Jessica served as Artistic Director and Curator at the Juliet Art Museum in Charleston, WV. Born and raised in NJ, she earned her BFA at Lesley University in 2006 and her MFA at The Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2011. In 2007, she completed the printer training program at the Tamarind Institute of Lithography, and went on to work as Printing Assistant, and later, registrar to the Michael Mazur Estate. Following graduate school, Jessica worked as Printmaking Lab Technician and Foundations Lecturer at The Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. She later become a Production Printer and Project Manager at The University of Notre Dame’s Segura Arts Studio in South Bend, IN where she curated the nationally touring retrospective exhibition, Images of Social Justice: From the Segura Arts Studio.

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Alisha Kerlin

Alisha Kerlin is the Executive Director of the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. During her time at the museum, she has expanded the institution’s community engagement and created a more equitable roster of artists while overseeing an ambitious schedule of exhibitions that center themes of identity and labor.  Kerlin holds degrees from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and the Milton Avery Graduate School of Arts, Bard College, NY.

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Simon Kelly

Simon Kelly is Curator and Head of Department of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Saint Louis Art Museum. He has organized numerous exhibitions, including the recent co-curating of Millet and Modern Art: From Van Gogh to Dalí (2020), Rachel Whiteread (2019), Kehinde Wiley: Saint Louis (2018-19) and Oliver Lee Jackson (2021-2022). He has also published extensively, particularly on modern French art, including his new book, Théodore Rousseau and the Rise of the Modern Art Market: An Avant-Garde Landscape Painter in 19th-Century France (Bloomsbury Academic, 2021). His most recent publication is an essay in the exhibition catalogue, Oliver Lee Jackson (2022). Kelly received his doctorate from Oxford University, where he also taught at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art.

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Miranda Lash

Miranda Lash is the Ellen Bruss Senior Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver. Lash has organized a wide range of museum exhibitions including Jason Moran: Bathing the Room with Blues; Keltie Ferris: *O*P*E*N*; BRUCE CONNER: FOREVER AND EVER (co-curated with Dean Otto); the traveling retrospective Mel Chin: Rematch; Camille Henrot: Cities of Ys; Rashaad Newsome: King of Arms; and Swoon: Thalassa. In 2016 Lash and Trevor Schoonmaker co-organized the acclaimed exhibition Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art. From 2008 to 2014 Lash was the founding curator of modern and contemporary art at the New Orleans Museum of Art. Her upcoming project Eamon Ore-Giron: Competing with Lighting/ Rivalizando con el relámpago will present the artist’s first major museum survey and monograph.

Lash currently serves as Vice President on the board of the Joan Mitchell Foundation. She has been a Clark Fellow at the Clark Art Institute, a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, and a member of the artistic director’s council for the international triennial Prospect New Orleans. She holds a BA with honors from Harvard University in the History of Art and Architecture and an MA from Williams College.

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Erin Dziedzic

Erin Dziedzic is director of curatorial affairs at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri. Dziedzic has curated numerous exhibitions at Kemper Museum including Adam Cvijanovic: American Montage (2015), Siah Armajani: Bridge Builder (2016), Rashid Johnson: Hail We Now Sing Joy (2017), was co-curator of Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today (2017), Angela Dufresne: Making a Scene (2018), and Summer Wheat: Blood, Sweat, and Tears (2019), and Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Pulse Topology. Dziedzic also originated Kemper Museum’s Atrium Project featuring commissioned projects by emerging and mid-career Hispanic and Latinx artists including José Lerma: La Venida Cansa Sin Ti (2016), Firelei Báez: To See Beyond Its Walls (and access the places that lie beyond) (2017), Paul Henry Ramirez: Sweet On (2018), Angel Otero: Diario (2019), Joiri Minaya: Divergences (2020) (organized by Jade Powers), and Aliza Nisenbaum: Aquí se Puede (2021). She was previously curator at the SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia, where she curated Liza Lou: Let the Light In (2011), Damián Ortega: Belo Horizonte Project (2012), Rehearsals: The Practice and Influence of Sound and Movement (2013), Regina Silveira’s Track Series (Octopus) (2013), and Jean-Michel Othoniel’s OTHONIEL (2013).

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Chandra Melting Tallow

Chandra Melting Tallow is an interdisciplinary artist, filmmaker, writer and music producer of mixed ancestry from the Siksika Nation. Their practice confronts the ghosts of intergenerational trauma and their relationship to the body through the lens of physical disability, utilizing humour and surrealism to subvert oppressive structures of power. They spearhead the solo music project Mourning Coup, a cult classic in the Indigenous lexicon of underground music. Their practice encompasses experimental film, textile based installation, sound, and performance, and has been exhibited across North America.

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Soundings: An Exhibition in Five Parts

How can a score be a call and tool for decolonization? Curated by Candice Hopkins (Tlingit) and Dylan Robinson (Stó:lō), Soundings: An Exhibition in Five Parts features newly commissioned scores and sounds for decolonization by Indigenous artists who attempt to answer this question.

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Jack Radley

Jack Radley is a writer, independent curator, and arts administrator. His writing has been published in Art Papers, Berlin Art Link, Boston Art Review, Cultured, Hyperallergic, Sixty Inches from Center, and Temporary Art Review, among others. Together with Constanza Valenzuela, he is the co-founder of ACOMPI, a New York-based curatorial project that foregrounds interdisciplinary practice and collaboration to expand the intersection of independent curatorial practice and site-responsive public engagement. Recent projects include: Mateo Arciniegas: Domingo a las 4 (PO Reinaldo Salgado Playground), Transient Grounds (Governors Island, NARS Foundation), Diana Sofia Lozano: Suspended in the Iris (Home Gallery), Shanzhai Lyric: Canal Street Research Association (327 Canal), and “What Can NYC Art Museums Do for Immigrant Communities?” (NYU). He holds a BFA in Studio Art and Art History from Washington University in St. Louis.

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Constanza Valenzuela

Constanza is a public art curator and co-founder ACOMPI, a curatorial project stemming from the Spanish word acompañado, meaning “in company.” ACOMPI forefronts interdisciplinary practice and collaboration that serves as a youth-oriented, community-ingrained platform to expand the intersection of independent curatorial practice and site-responsive public engagement. Constanza is currently the Curatorial & Exhibitions Assistant at the High Line in New York City. The High Line is committed to showing curated exhibitions of contemporary public art that directly engage with cultural, social, and political currents. Constanza oversees the production and installation of public art installments on the High Line, along with adjacent programming. Previously, Constanza worked as the Programming Assistant for Creative Time, a public arts non-profit organization also in New York City. Constanza has a MA in Visual Arts Administration from New York University (2019), and a BFA in Sculpture from Pratt Institute (2017). Constanza and her curatorial projects have been featured in Hyperallergic, the New York Times, Art Forum, and the Brooklyn Rail, among others.

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Zak Risinger

Zak Risinger is an independent curator and cultural member of the Cherokee Nation who has consulted museums throughout the United States and Canada on best practices to engage audiences with Indigenous art and artifacts.  He has worked extensively with the MET, American Museum of Natural History, and Philadelphia Museum of Art.  While serving as the New York City Creative Manager for Museum Hack, he curated countless specially crafted museum experiences reimagining existing museum collections through the lens of a multitude of varied topics including: adversity, leadership, sex, magic, teamwork, feminism, LGBTQIA culture, and true crime.  He has served as a Curatorial Fellow at The Kupferberg Holocaust Center where he curated educational material and crafted programming facilitating conversations illuminating the contemporary Native experience and the ramifications of centuries of violence and genocide leveraged against Indigenous people in North America. Zak has also served as a DEI consultant for theatrical productions on Broadway where works to educate the company and craft meaningful, unique land acknowledgments which utilize themes and/or specific content from the productions and incite specific calls to action.  He holds a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from The University of Oklahoma and a M.A. in Museum Studies through a partnership with CUNY and The New-York Historical Society, focusing on Diversity and Inclusion of Voices.

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Jill Dawsey

MCASD welcomes Jill Dawsey to the staff as our new Associate Curator. An adventurous curator with deep scholarly grounding, Jill has held curatorial posts at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and, most recently, at the Utah Museum of fine Arts. At Utah, she established salt, an on-going series of exhibitions to help bring emerging international artists to the community. She has organized one-person exhibitions by artists such as Edgar Arceneaux, Phil Collins, Rachel Harrison, and Adriana Lara, as well as coordinating presentations of permanent collection holdings. Jill, a San Diego native, received her Ph.D. in Art History from Stanford University and holds a B.A. from Bryn Mawr College.

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Courtenay Finn

Courtenay Finn ‘05 is the chief curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art (moCA) Cleveland. Appointed in 2018, she returns to Cleveland after serving as curator of the Aspen Art Museum (AAM) in Colorado.

Recent curatorial projects at the AAM include group exhibitions A Fragile But Marvelous Life (2015-16) and The Blue of Distance (2015) and British artist Alice Channer’s first U.S. Museum solo exhibition R o c k f a l l. From 2011-2014 she was the curator at Art in General where she commissioned new work by Lisa Oppenheim & Lisa Tan, Letha Wilson, robbinschilds, Katrin Sigurdardottir, and curated Art in General’s first International New Commission with Lebanese artist Mounira Al Solh. In 2013 she was the co-curator of North by Northeast, the Latvian Pavilion for the 55th edition of the Venice Biennale. From 2008–2010 she was the programs manager at Lower East Side Printshop, New York, where she worked in-depth with artists to create new work in printmaking.

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Laurie Ann Farrell

Laurie Ann Farrell is Senior Curator at the Dallas Contemporary Museum. She was previously Head of Modern and Contemporary Art Department and Curator at the Detroit Institute of Arts from 2016 to 2019.  From 2007 to 2016 Farrell was Executive Director of exhibitions at the Savannah College of Art and Design. She started her career in 1999 at the Museum for African Art in New York where she was the first Curator of Contemporary Art.

In 2006, she organized the American participation at the inaugural Trienal de Luanda with support and funding provided by the U.S. Department of State. Farrell received the Abraaj Capital Art Prize with artist Kader Attia in 2010, ArtTable New Leadership award in 2011, and Southeast Museum Conference 2015 Museum Leadership Award. Widely published in art journals, Farrell has lectured throughout the Americas, Africa, Asia and Europe.

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Alex Klein

Alex Klein joined ICA in 2011 from Los Angeles. Upcoming projects at ICA include a partnership with the Kunsthalle Wien, Austria to present the first retrospective of Nathalie Du Pasquier BIG OBJECTS NOT ALWAYS SILENT (2017) organized with Luca Lo Pinto, Broad Casting: EAI at ICA (2018) co-curated with Rebecca Cleman, Suki Seokyeong Kang (2018) co-curated with Kate Kraczon, and the multifaceted international research initiative I is for Institute. Recent exhibitions include Myths of the Marble (2017) co-curated with Milena Hoegsberg and co-organized with the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Norway and the multifaceted international research initiative I is for Institute. Recent exhibitions include Barbara Kasten: Stages (2015), the first major survey of the artist’s work, which subsequently traveled to the Graham Foundation, Chicago and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and Julia Feyrer and Tamara Henderson: Consider the Belvedere (2015), which partially travels to the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver. She was also the curator of Excursus, an ambitious two-year, four-part exhibition, website, and programming series at ICA with Reference Library, East of Borneo, Ooga Booga, and Primary Information (2011–13) and co-curator of the exhibition First Among Equals (2012, with Kate Kraczon), which considered models of artistic dialogue, collaboration, and antagonism. Other projects at ICA have included AVANT-GARDEner: Ian Hamilton Finlay (2014, co-curated with Lynne Farrington); Vishal Jugdeo: An Education in the Logic of Leaves (2014); and the ICA Salon series (2011–14).

From 2013 to 2015 she served as an agent in the Carnegie Museum of Art’s Hillman Photography Initiative where she co-curated the exhibition Antoine Catala: Distant Feel (2015, with Tina Kukielski) and co-edited the publication Shannon Ebner: Auto Body Collision (CMOA, 2015). Her writing has been published in numerous collections, including Public Servants: Art and the Crisis of the Common Good (MIT Press, 2016), The Human Snapshot (Sternberg Press/CCS Bard, 2013), How Soon Is Now? (LUMA, 2012), and the critical volume on photography Words Without Pictures (LACMA/Aperture, 2010), which she also edited. Klein received her MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles, her MA in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, and her BA in Art History from Columbia University, New York. As an artist she has exhibited work in galleries such as Clifton Benevento (New York), Leo Koenig Projeckte (New York), Cherry and Martin (Los Angeles), Grice Bench (Los Angeles), and Galerie Crone (Berlin). She is also the co-founder, with designer Mark Owens, of the editorial project and publishing imprint Oslo Editions. Previously she held positions in the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Roski School of Fine Arts at the University of Southern California, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

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Alex Klein joined ICA in 2011 from Los Angeles. Upcoming projects at ICA include a partnership with the Kunsthalle Wien, Austria to present the first retrospective of Nathalie Du Pasquier BIG OBJECTS NOT ALWAYS SILENT (2017) organized with Luca Lo Pinto, Broad Casting: EAI at ICA (2018) co-curated with Rebecca Cleman, Suki Seokyeong Kang (2018) co-curated with Kate Kraczon, and the multifaceted international research initiative I is for Institute. Recent exhibitions include Myths of the Marble (2017) co-curated with Milena Hoegsberg and co-organized with the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Norway and the multifaceted international research initiative I is for Institute. Recent exhibitions include Barbara Kasten: Stages (2015), the first major survey of the artist’s work, which subsequently traveled to the Graham Foundation, Chicago and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and Julia Feyrer and Tamara Henderson: Consider the Belvedere (2015), which partially travels to the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver. She was also the curator of Excursus, an ambitious two-year, four-part exhibition, website, and programming series at ICA with Reference Library, East of Borneo, Ooga Booga, and Primary Information (2011–13) and co-curator of the exhibition First Among Equals (2012, with Kate Kraczon), which considered models of artistic dialogue, collaboration, and antagonism. Other projects at ICA have included AVANT-GARDEner: Ian Hamilton Finlay (2014, co-curated with Lynne Farrington); Vishal Jugdeo: An Education in the Logic of Leaves (2014); and the ICA Salon series (2011–14).

From 2013 to 2015 she served as an agent in the Carnegie Museum of Art’s Hillman Photography Initiative where she co-curated the exhibition Antoine Catala: Distant Feel (2015, with Tina Kukielski) and co-edited the publication Shannon Ebner: Auto Body Collision (CMOA, 2015). Her writing has been published in numerous collections, including Public Servants: Art and the Crisis of the Common Good (MIT Press, 2016), The Human Snapshot (Sternberg Press/CCS Bard, 2013), How Soon Is Now? (LUMA, 2012), and the critical volume on photography Words Without Pictures (LACMA/Aperture, 2010), which she also edited. Klein received her MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles, her MA in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, and her BA in Art History from Columbia University, New York. As an artist she has exhibited work in galleries such as Clifton Benevento (New York), Leo Koenig Projeckte (New York), Cherry and Martin (Los Angeles), Grice Bench (Los Angeles), and Galerie Crone (Berlin). She is also the co-founder, with designer Mark Owens, of the editorial project and publishing imprint Oslo Editions. Previously she held positions in the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Roski School of Fine Arts at the University of Southern California, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

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Rehema C. Barber

Rehema C. Barber is the Chief Curator for the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts (KIA). Formerly, Barber was the Director and Chief Curator of the Tarble Arts Center at Eastern Illinois University and has also worked for various institutions such as: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s School of Art + Design (UIUC), University of Memphis, Memphis College of Art, Power House Memphis, The Amistad Center at the Wadsworth Athenueum Museum of Art, where she has taught and lectured extensively. Barber has been a participant in the 2018 Getty Leadership Institute, the 2012 Japan Foundation’s Curatorial Exchange Program, the Getty Leadership Institute: The Next Generation in 2007, the Henry Luce Foundation Jewish Art Institute at NYU in 2006, and a 2001 Romare Bearden Fellow at the Saint Louis Art Museum.
Notable exhibitions include Bare Walls, No Boundaries and Young Americans at the Wadsworth Atheneum; Everywhere, Nowhere, Somewhere at Power House Memphis; Social Habitat: The Porch Project by Heather Hart and Painting Is Dead?! at Figure One at (UIUC); Venturing Out of the Heart of Darkness at the Harvey B. Gantt Center; as consulting curator for the Cincinnati Art Museum’s presentation of 30 Americans. For the Tarble Arts Center, she curated a Dark Matter… in 2016 and co-curated In the Eye of the Beholder Barber in 2018, among other exhibitions. Barber, along with the KIA’s curatorial team reinstalled its permanent collection in December 2020 and worked with Dr. Deborah Willis on Framing Moments: Photography from the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, which opened in February 2021. In 2021, Barber curated solo exhibitions featuring works by Yun-Fei Ji and Todd Gray. Currently, she is collaborating on an exhibition about constructions of masculinity in the 20th and 21st centuries with Larry Ossei Mensah for fall 2022. She was also a 2020 participant in the Art Writing Workshop sponsored by the Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant and AICA-USA, where she was mentored by Holland Cotter of the New York Times.
Barber has written for various publications and blogs such as The Commercial Appeal, Fiber Arts, International Review of African American Art, Number Magazine, and Sixty Inches From Center among other outlets. As a part of the Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant and AICA-USA program, she wrote “2020-2021: Art Amidst Chaos” for the AICA Magazine.  In fall 2019, Barber contributed to the Shape of Abstraction: Selections from the Ollie Collection catalogue, published by the Saint Louis Art Museum, and contributed an essay, entitled “Picturing Freedom: The Legacy of Representing Black Womanhood,” in The Routledge Companion to African American Art History, edited by Eddie Chambers. She also wrote for and co-edited the exhibition catalogue In the Eye of the Beholder, published spring of 2019. Barber holds a B.A. in Art History from Roosevelt University, an M.A. in Modern Art History, Theory and Criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a certification in Elementary and Secondary Art Education from the University of Missouri, Saint Louis.

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Laura Burkhalter

Laura Burkhalter is a Curator at Des Moines Art Center based in Des Moines, Iowa. Laura received a B. A. degree from University of Iowa.

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Hendrik Folkerts

Hendrik Folkerts is an art historian and curator. Following previous curatorial positions at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and documenta 14, Kassel, Germany, and Athens, Greece, he now works as the Dittmer Curator of Contemporary Art at the Art Institute of Chicago, USA.

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Janet Dees

Janet Dees is the Steven and Lisa Munster Tananbaum, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at The Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University.

Since coming to The Block in 2015, Dees has curated several exhibitions including Hank Willis Thomas: Unbranded (2018); Experiments in Form: Sam Gilliam, Alan Shields, and Frank Stella (2018); Carrie Mae Weems: Ritual and Revolution (2017); and If You Remember, I’ll Remember (2017).

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Orianna Cacchione

Orianna Cacchione’s curatorial practice is committed to expanding the canon of contemporary art to respond to the global circulations of art and ideas. At the Smart Museum, Cacchione has curated the exhibitions, The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China (with Wu Hung), which interrogated how materiality informs contemporary Chinese art; Samson Young: Silver moon or golden star, which will buy of me?, the first solo exhibition of the Hong Kong-based sound artist in the United States; and Tang Chang: The Painting that Is Painted with Poetry Is Profoundly Beautiful, the first solo presentation of the pioneering abstract artist’s work outside of Thailand. She is currently developing an exhibition that considers Transpacific artistic exchanges. Prior to joining the Smart Museum, Cacchione was Curatorial Fellow for East Asian Contemporary Art in the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Art Institute of Chicago, where she was responsible for expanding the museum’s collection of contemporary art from East Asia. Her work led to transformative acquisitions of artworks from China, Japan, South Korea, and Thailand. She also curated the exhibition, Zhang Peili: Record. Repeat., the first major presentation of the Chinese video artist at an American museum.

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Julie Rodrigues Widholm

Julie Rodrigues Widholm is currently the director of the DePaul Art Museum. She previously worked at the MCA as a curator. The UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) announced the appointment of Julie Rodrigues Widholm as the museum’s next director. Widholm is currently the Director and Chief Curator of the DePaul Art Museum (DPAM) in Chicago, where she has served since 2015. She succeeds BAMPFA’s previous director Lawrence Rinder, who stepped down earlier this year.

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Abigail Winograd

Abigail Winograd is the MacArthur Fellows Program 40th Anniversary Exhibition Curator at the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago. Her scholarly research has focused on the emergence of aberrant abstractions in post-war South America as well as museological approaches to expanding canonical narratives.

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Tanya Zimbardo

Tanya Zimbardo is a contemporary art curator based in San Francisco. As the assistant curator of media arts at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, she has curated exhibitions of work by contemporary artists Jim Campbell, Runa Islam, Pat O’Neill, and Kerry Tribe, Future Histories: Theater Gates and Cauleen Smith and The Studio Sessions. Zimbardo co-curated Nothing Stable under Heaven, Soundtracks, Nam June Paik: In Character, The More Things Change, Fifty Years of Bay Area Art: The SECA Awards, among others. She has worked on numerous SFMOMA exhibitions including surveys of William Kentridge and Suzanne Lacy.

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Kaytie Johnson

Kaytie Johnson is the Rochelle F. Levy director and chief curator of The Galleries at Moore. Prior to her position at Moore she served as director and curator of University Galleries, Museums and Collections at DePauw University, and she has also held curatorial positions at the Phoenix Art Museum and Arizona State University, where she earned her M.A. in Art History. Johnson’s curatorial practice emphasizes experimenting with modes of presentation beyond traditional exhibition sites, developing projects that challenge the boundaries of conventional art practice and exploring the dynamics between artist, curator and audience. She has curated numerous solo and group exhibitions including the Center-funded Strange Currencies: Art & Action in Mexico City, 1990-2000 (2015); Pretty Vacant: The Graphic Language of Punk (2014); Thomas Glassford: Afterglow (2013); and Andy Warhol: I Am a Camera (2011). A former contributor to the contemporary art journal Artpulse, Johnson has authored numerous essays and texts for exhibition catalogues and other publications.

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Kimberli Gant

Kimberli Gant, PhD is the McKinnon Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art at the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, Virginia. Previously she was the Mellon Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Arts of Global Africa at the Newark Museum, in Newark, New Jersey.

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2020 Online Curatorial Forum | EXPO Chicago

The Online Curatorial Forum, presented by in partnership with EXPO CHICAGO offers a group of mid-career and established curators, working independently or with an institutional affiliation, the opportunity to engage with their peers to discuss racial equity in US museums and institutions and promote the Forum’s two main goals—advancing civic-minded practice and the role of curators in empowering local art scenes; and promoting regional collaborations and knowledge-sharing across the US.

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Joey Yates

Curator at KMAC MUSEUM

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Ana Torok

Curatorial Assistant, Drawings and Prints at The Museum of Modern Art.

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Frank Smigiel

Frank Smigiel is Associate Curator, Performance & Film, at SFMOMA, where he designs visual arts-based performance and film. His curatorial interests include the intersection of theatrical and live art forms, commerce by artists, and queer histories.Frank Smigiel is the Director of Arts Programming & Partnerships at the Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture. As the newly appointed Chair of Exhibition & Museum Studies, Smigiel will deepen the department’s engagement with arts infrastructures and support students to develop practices in exhibition-making, publishing, and performance.  The former Associate Curator of Performance & Film at SFMOMA, his curatorial interests including the intersection of theater and time-based art, commerce by artists, and queer histories.  He has worked at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Rosenbach Museum & Library, and the University of the Arts.  He holds a doctorate in English Literature.

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Ph.D., University of Delaware
M.A., University of Delaware
B.A., University of Pittsburgh

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Kaela Saenz Oriti

The Gerry Grout Education Director at the Phoenix Art Museum

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Ben Russell

Ben Russell—filmmaker, artist, curator—challenges conventions of documentary representation from within to produce intense, hypnotic, and, at times, hallucinating experiences. His curatorial work follows his filmmaking, which unfolds between experimental cinema and a form of speculative ethnography; he calls it ‘psychedelic ethnography.’ Ben Russell is curator of mechanical engineering at the Science Museum, London

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Heather Pontonio

Having worked in multiple art disciplines early in her career, Heather’s expertise in philanthropy focuses on creative field building, problem solving, and project development and management. Heather serves as Artists Thrive’s administrator and chief connector as part of her role as Art Program Director of the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation.

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Kim Nguyen

Kim Nguyen is a curator and writer based in San Francisco, where she is Curator and Head of Programs at the CCA Wattis Institute. Nguyen was formerly director and curator of Artspeak, an artist-run non-profit in Vancouver, Canada. Between 2011 and 2016 she presented exhibitions and publications with Alex Da Corte, Valérie Blass, Yuji Agematsu, Abigail DeVille, Aaron Flint Jamison, and Danh Vo, among many others. Her writing has appeared in exhibition catalogues and periodicals nationally and internationally, with recent texts in catalogues published by the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Herning Museum of Art (Denmark), Mousse, and Pied-a-terre.

She holds an MA in Art History (Critical and Curatorial Studies) from the University of British Columbia, and has received awards from the Canada Council for the Arts, British Columbia Arts Council, and the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada for her curatorial work and research. Nguyen received the 2015 Hnatyshyn Foundation Award for Emerging Curators in Contemporary Canadian Art and the 2016 Joan Lowndes Award for excellence in critical and curatorial writing. She is currently completing her first collection of writings.

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SUSAN LEE MACKEY

Susan Lee Mackey is an art writer currently based in Charlotte, North Carolina. She received undergraduate degrees in art history and women’s studies from Appalachian State University and a master’s degree in art history, theory, and criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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Andria Hickey

Andria Hickey is Curator at the Public Art Fund, where she has curated exhibitions throughout New York City with artists such as Danh Vō, Katharina Grosse, and Oscar Tuazon, as well as the group exhibitions Lightness of Being (2013), Configurations (2012–13), and A Promise Is a Cloud (2011–12).

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