Clockwise from top left: Photo: Christine Rivera; Photo: Christopher Myers; Photo: Todd Gray; Photo: Moritz Kuestner
Presented in conjunction with “Theaster Gates: Young Lords and Their Traces,” this conversation will explore Theaster Gates’s interdisciplinary practice. Join scholars and curators, Jessica Bell Brown, Curator and Department Head for Contemporary Art at the Baltimore Museum of Art, Dieter Roelstraete, Curator at the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society at the University of Chicago, and Hamza Walker, Director of LAXART, for a panel discussion moderated by exhibition co-curator Gary Carrion-Murayari, Kraus Family Senior Curator.
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Gary Carrion-Murayari is the Kraus Family Senior Curator at the New Museum. Since he joined the Museum in 2010, Carrion-Murayari has curated monographic exhibitions of many artists including John Akomfrah, Thomas Bayrle, Phyllida Barlow, Ellen Gallagher, Hans Haacke, Haroon Mirza, Raymond Pettibon, Jim Shaw, and Nari Ward. He has also co-curated group exhibitions including the 2018 New Museum Triennial, “Songs for Sabotage;” “The Equilibrists” (2016) at the Benaki Museum in Athens, Greece; and “Ghosts in the Machine” (2012), among others. Prior to joining the New Museum, Carrion-Murayari worked at the Whitney Museum of American Art from 2003 to 2010, where he co-curated the 2010 Whitney Biennial.
Jessica Bell Brown is the Curator and Department Head for Contemporary Art at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Her recent exhibition projects include “A Movement In Every Direction: Legacies of the Great Migration” (2022–2023) co-organized with the Mississippi Museum of Art, “How Do We Know The World?” (2021–2022), “Thaddeus Mosley: Forest” (2021–2022), and “Stephanie Syjuco: Vanishing Point (Overlay)” (2021). Prior to the Baltimore Museum of Art she was the Consulting Curator at Gracie Mansion Conservancy, where she curated “She Persists: A Century of Women Artists in New York, 1919–2019” (2019–2020) with First Lady Chirlane McCray. Previously, she has held roles at the Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and Creative Time. Her writing has been featured in several artist monographs and catalogues, including Janiva Ellis, Thaddeus Mosley, Baldwin Lee, Lubaina Himid, Matthew Angelo Harrison; as well as Flash Art, Artforum, Art Papers, Hyperallergic, and The Brooklyn Rail.
Dieter Roelstraete is the Curator of the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society at the University of Chicago. Roelstraete has written extensively on Theaster Gates’s practice, most recently for the catalogue accompanying the exhibition at the New Museum. He has curated exhibitions in Chicago and abroad that include solo presentations by Ida Applebroog, Arnold J. Kemp, Pope.L, Martha Rosler, and Cecilia Vicuña.
Hamza Walker is the Director of LAXART, a nonprofit art space in Los Angeles. His recent exhibitions include “Nikita Gale, Takers” (2022); “Kandis Williams/ Cassandra Press: The Absolute Right to Exclude” (2021); and commissioned work by Postcommodity, Some Reach While Others Clap (2020). Prior to joining LAXART in 2016, he was the Director of Education and Associate Curator of the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago.
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