Naima J. Keith to discuss curating and the museum of the future
Naima J. Keith, the new Vice President of Education and Public Programs at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) will be presenting “Deep Dives into Curatorial and Educational Approaches” at our February lecture.
In her previous role as Deputy Director and Chief Curator of the California African American Museum (CAAM), Keith was instrumental in transforming the institution into a vibrant art center and reflection of Los Angeles cultural life. During her three year tenure she doubled guest visits by engaging new and diverse audiences. She also served as associate curator at the Studio Museum in Harlem from 2011-16.
At LACMA, Keith and her team are evaluating ways to better serve a wider population of children and families. She is especially determined to make art museums a more welcoming place for people of color, women, and working moms. LACMA director Michael Govan says, “She takes risks and has a unique ability to consider ideas from multiple perspectives. Her resourcefulness in engaging diverse and evolving communities with art is crucial not only to LACMA, but to moving the entire field forward.”
Considered a Los Angeles art luminary, Keith is a proud native and grew up surrounded by art—both her parents are collectors—but she was not immediately smitten. Her memories of museums are typical of lots of people. “My mom basically dragging me and my sister along,” she says. She initially studied economics in college but eventually discovered her creative passion and went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Art History from Spelman College, followed by a Masters in Contemporary Art at UCLA.
Her historical survey, Charles Gaines: Gridwork 1974–1989 (2014), traveled to the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles spring 2015 and was nominated in 2014 for a “Best Monographic Museum Show in New York” award by the International Association of Art Critics (AICA-USA). In 2017, Naima Keith received the 13th David C. Driskell prize to honor her contributions to the field of African American art and art history.
Keith is also co-curating Prospect.5, New Orleans’ Contemporary Arts Triennial, opening in fall 2020. Originating as an experiment to welcome the contemporary art world to New Orleans, this Prospect.5 cycle celebrates the organization’s 10th anniversary and the 15th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
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