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2022 Curatorial Forum

Apr 6 – 9, 2022

Chicago, IL, USA


This year’s Curatorial Forum brought together over 40 mid-career and established curators from 20 U.S. states. In addition to guided site visits to the fair and cultural institutions in Chicago, the curators participated in a series of closed-doors sessions led by Allison Glenn, Dana Kopel, Amy Sadao, and Susana Tempkin. The sessions examined questions of racial equity in the curatorial field, in relation to the artists and communities we serve, labor conditions, and the role of curators and museums in shaping and preserving collective memory.

Koyo Kouoh

Koyo Kouoh is the Chief Curator and Executive Director of Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town, South Africa.

Session Leaders
Amy Sadao

Amy Sadao is a curator and a strategist.

Allison Glenn

Allison Glenn is Senior Curator at the Public Art Fund and Co-Curator of the Counterpublic Triennial 2023, St. Louis.

Dana Kopel

Dana Kopel is a writer, editor, and union organizer living in New York.

Susanna Temkin

Susanna V. Temkin is Curator at El Museo del Barrio.

Participating Curators
Rachel Adams

Rachel Adams is the Chief Curator and Director of Programs at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts.

Laura Allred Hurtado

Laura Allred Hurtado is the Executive Director of the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art.

Amara Antilla

Amara Antilla is the Senior Curator at the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) in Cincinnati, where she is responsible for shaping the CAC’s robust exhibitions program.

Rehema C. Barber

Rehema C. Barber is the Chief Curator for the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts (KIA).

Natasha Becker

Natasha Becker is Curator of African Art at the de Young Museum, San Francisco.

Ionit Behar

Ionit Behar is the Assistant Curator at DePaul Art Museum (DPAM), Chicago, and the co-founder and co-director of BeharXSchachman, a Chicago based curatorial and exhibition design agency.

Natalie Bell

Natalie Bell is Curator at the MIT List Visual Arts Center

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.

Erin Dziedzic

Erin Dziedzic is director of curatorial affairs at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri.

Ciara Ennis

Since 2007, Ciara Ennis has taught at and been director and curator of Pitzer College Art Galleries.

David Evans Frantz

David Evans Frantz is a curator based in Los Angeles.

Allison Glenn

Allison Glenn is Senior Curator at the Public Art Fund and Co-Curator of the Counterpublic Triennial 2023, St. Louis.

Marcela Guerrero

Marcela Guerrero is the DeMartini Family Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

Ksenya Gurshtein

Ksenya Gurshtein is the Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University.

Craig Hadley

Craig Hadley serves as the Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Dennos Museum Center at Northwestern Michigan College.

Lauren Hinkson

Lauren Hinkson is the Associate Curator, Collections at the Guggenheim Museum in New York.

Henriette Huldisch

Henriette Huldisch is currently Chief Curator and Head of Curatorial Affairs at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.

Simon Kelly

Simon Kelly is Curator and Head of Department of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Saint Louis Art Museum.

Alisha Kerlin

Alisha Kerlin is the Executive Director of the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Amy L. Powell

Amy L. Powell is curator of modern and contemporary art at Krannert Art Museum at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Tricia Laughlin Bloom

Tricia Laughlin Bloom is Curator of American Art at the Newark Museum of Art, Newark NJ.

Catharina Manchanda

Catharina Manchanda is the Jon and Mary Shirley Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Seattle Art Museum.

Cesáreo Moreno

Cesáreo Moreno (Chicago, IL) has been with the National Museum of Mexican Art since 1992. He has been the Visual Arts Director since 1995, and was named the museum’s first full time Chief Curator in 2004.

Heather Nickels

Heather Nickels joined the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art (MBMA) in August 2019 as the Joyce Blackmon Curatorial Fellow of African American Art and Art of the African Diaspora.

Jessica O'Hearn

Jessica O’Hearn is the Executive Director of the Brookline Arts Center in Brookline, Massachusetts.

María Elena Ortiz

María Elena Ortiz is Curator at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX.

Liz Park

Liz Park is Richard Armstrong Curator of Contemporary Art at Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh.

Allison Quinn

Allison Quinn is Director of Exhibitions at the Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago IL.

Rachel Waldrop (Reese)

Rachel Reese Waldrop is Director and Curator of the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC), the first ICA in the state of TN.

Mark Scala

Mark Scala is the chief curator at the Frist Art Museum.

Lauren Schell Dickens

Lauren Schell Dickens is senior curator at the San José Museum of Art.

Emily Stamey

Dr. Emily Stamey is Curator and Head of Exhibitions at the Weatherspoon Art Museum at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.

Jordan Stein

Jordan Stein is Curator at Kadist, San Francisco.

Jodi Throckmorton

Jodi Throckmorton is Chief Curator at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center.

EXPO CHICAGO, The International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art features leading international galleries alongside one of the highest quality platforms for contemporary art and culture. Hosted within historic Navy Pier’s Festival Hall, EXPO CHICAGO presents a diverse program, including /Dialogues (presented in partnership with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago) and Exchange by Northern Trust, an unrivaled talks program for both public and VIP audiences; IN/SITU, dynamic on-site installations highlighting large-scale sculpture, film, and site-specific work; and major public art initiatives, including IN/SITU Outside, public art installed throughout Chicago Park District locations, and OVERRIDE | A Billboard Project, a curated selection of international artists throughout the city’s digital billboard network. The EXPO CHICAGO program also features an unprecedented commitment to host curatorial initiatives during the exposition, including the Curatorial Forum in partnership with Independent Curators International (ICI), and the Curatorial Exchange, which partners with foreign agencies and consulates to expand the exposition’s global reach. 

Support for the 2022 Curatorial Forum is provided by EXPO CHICAGO, presenting sponsor 21c Hotel Museum; generous grants from the Joyce Foundation, Smart Family Foundation, and Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation; and with additional support from UAP | Urban Art Projects, and Terry Dowd, Inc.