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Yesomi Umolu (Nigeria/UK) is Exhibitions Curator at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago, where she is also a lecturer in the humanities division. Prior to this, she was Assistant Curator at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University. At the Broad, she curated John Akomfrah: Imaginary Possessions (2014); The Land Grant: Forest Law (2014), a newly commissioned research and film project by Ursula Biemann and Paulo Tavares; Emeka Ogboh: Àlà (2013) and Revelations: Examining Democracy (2013), featuring works from the Broad MSU collection. She was coordinating curator for the Broad MSU presentation of MCA Denver’s Postscript: Writing After Conceptual Art (2013) and SFMOMA’s traveling exhibition Lebbeus Woods, Architect (2013). Umolu was previously Curatorial Fellow for Visual Arts at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis where she curated The Museum of Non Participation: The New Deal (2013). She also worked on exhibitions such as Abraham Cruzvillegas: The Autoconstrucción Suites (2013), Minouk Lim: Heat of Shadows (2012) and The Living Years: Art after 1989 (2012). Prior to joining the Walker, Umolu held curatorial positions at the European biennial of contemporary Art Manifesta 8, region of Murcia, Spain (2010) and the Serpentine Gallery, London (2009-10). She has also contributed to programming at Iniva and Tate Modern, London. She has participated in various international curatorial residencies including at Hordaland Art Centre, Bergen and the Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw. She has presented lectures and talks at a number of international venues and writes regularly for Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism. Umolu holds an MA with Distinction in Curating Contemporary Art from the Royal College of Art, London.
In January 2015, ICI, in collaboration with Prospect New Orleans and CAC New Orleans, presents the inaugural Curatorial Intensive in New Orleans.read more »
Join the Curatorial Intensive participants on January 24, 2015 for a public symposium at CAC New Orleans.read more »