News: Lauren Haynes, African American Curator Named A Center for Curatorial Leadership 2018 Fellow

From Art News:


Lauren Haynes, African-American Curator of Contemporary art, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art | Image Courtesy of Art Forum

The Center for Curatorial Leadership in New York revealed the list of its 2018 fellows yesterday. Among this year’s fellows are Whitney Biennial co-curator Mia Locks, the Crystal Bridges Museum of Contemporary Art’s Lauren Haynes, and the Andy Warhol Museum’s Jose Carlos Diaz. Lauren Haynes, curator of contemporary art at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas is the only African-American curator in the 2018 fellowship class.

Through the fellowship, the curators will take two weeks of classes at the organization and then work closely with museum directors around America. They will also help the organization develop its Diversity Mentoring Initiative, which advocates for more diversity in art museums.

About Lauren Haynes:

Lauren Haynes, associate curator of the permanent collection at the Studio Museum in Harlem since 2006, has been appointed curator of contemporary art at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. Margi Conrads, the museum’s director of curatorial affairs, said, “We are delighted to welcome Lauren to the museum this fall. She brings an acute eye and extensive experience, a hallmark of which has been innovative presentations and working with artists and collectors. Her passion and collaborative spirit will play an important role in connecting visitors to contemporary art at Crystal Bridges. Her unique experience will also complement efforts at our new arts venue, particularly her expertise in building artists-in-residence programs.”

Haynes, a scholar in modern and contemporary African American art, has curated many exhibitions at the Studio Museum, such as “Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet, and Contemporary Art” (2014–15), “Stanley Whitney: Dance the Orange” (2015), and “Carrie Mae Weems: The Museum Series” (2014). She authored the catalogues for the Whitney and “Speaking of People” exhibitions and has contributed catalogue essays for the Studio Museum exhibitions “Harlem: A Century in Images” (2010), “Re: Collection” (2010), and “Gordon Parks: A Harlem Family 1967” (2012).

View the full list of 2018 fellows


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