Thelma Golden, Studio Museum of Harlem Director – Joins Board of Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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Thelma-Golden1AN INFLUENTIAL FIGURE IN THE ART WORLD, Thelma Golden, director and chief curator of the Studio Museum in Harlem is expanding her institutional reach to the West Coast. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) announced the election of three new members to its board of trustees today, including Golden. Caroline Grainge and Soumaya Slim were also appointed to the museum’s board.

“LACMA’s board is a diverse, multi-talented group,” said Michael Govan, CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director of LACMA in a press release. “Caroline’s extensive business savvy and Thelma’s and Soumaya’s vast experience in leading major cultural institutions will be significant for us as we look to the future.”

GOLDEN WAS APPOINTED deputy director of the Studio Museum in 2000 and has led the institution since 2005, carrying out the museum’s founding mission to provide a platform for African American artists and international artists of African descent. The museum’s spring exhibitions include “Rodney McMillan: Views of Main Street,” works by Rashaad Newsome, and an installation byEbony G. Patterson.

For more than 16 years, Golden has served as a mentor to talented curators, identified emerging artists and presented the work of overlooked mid-career and veteran practitioners. During her tenure, the Studio Museum has provided groundbreaking exhibition opportunities to some of the most critically recognized artists working today, including Hurvin Anderson, Charles Gaines, Barkley L. Hendricks, Glenn Ligon, Kori Newkirk, Chris Ofili, Stanley Whitney, and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, along with architect David Adjaye and designer Stephen Burks.

Under Golden’s leadership, the museum’s signature artist-in-residence program has continued to thrive, counting among its alumni Kevin Beasley, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Simone Leigh, Julie Mehretu, Meleko Mokgosi, Jennifer Packer, Xaviera Simmons, Mickalene Thomas, Cullen Washington Jr., and Kehinde Wiley.

AFTER GRADUATING FROM SMITH COLLEGE, Golden began her career as a young curator at the Studio Museum in 1987. Then she joined the Whitney Museum of American Art, becoming its first black curator. She spent a decade (1988-1998) at the Whitney organizing many exhibition, most significantly “Black Male: Representations of Masculinity in American Art” in 1994.

She serves as the 2015–16 chair of New York City’s Cultural Institutions Group and on the Professional Fine Arts Committee and is the recipient of the 2016 Audrey Irmas Award for Curatorial Excellence.

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