LECTURE: Thursday, May 14, 2015 – 7pm
As star curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Naomi Beckwith spends her days talking to and looking for creative souls. She comes to MOCA Cleveland as the Spring 2015 Nesnadny + Schwartz Visiting Curator. On this night, she will deliver a free public lecture addressing current issues in contemporary culture and curatorial practice, including her work with contemporary Black artists.
Beckwith’s projects at MCA Chicago include a solo exhibition of William J. O’Brien in 2014, and the 2015 exhibition The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 to Now, co-curated with Dieter Roelstraete, which links the vibrant legacy of the 1960s African American avant-garde to current art and culture. Prior to joining the MCA, Beckwith was a fellow at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia and, most immediately, Associate Curator at The Studio Museum in Harlem.
Her projects at the Studio Museum included Lynette Yiadom-Boakye: Any Number of Preoccupations (2010-11); Zwelethu Mthethwa: Inner Views (2010); and 30 Seconds off an Inch (2009-10), a major group exhibition that explored ways in which artists playfully and irreverently engage with black culture, history, and identity in the wake of mid-twentieth-century neo-avant-garde movements.
Beckwith holds an MA with Distinction from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London and was a Critical Studies Fellow at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program.
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