After receiving an overwhelming number of incredible proposals for the Emily Hall Tremaine Journalism Fellowship for Curators, we’re proud to announce this year’s cohort of fellows: Angelina Lippert, Kelli Morgan, Dakota Noot, Beya Othmani, and Sadaf Padder.
Bringing strong visions to the fellowship, these five curators will be collaborating with us to share insights into their process and to demystify the behind-the-scenes of their curatorial practices. Each fellow will publish two articles, design an email exhibition for Hyperallergic subscribers, and discuss their work in an open online event.
Stay tuned for updates, and read more about the fellows below:
Angelina Lippert is the chief curator and director of content of Poster House in New York City, the first museum in the United States dedicated to the art and history of the poster. She holds an MA in the art of the Russian Avant-Garde from the Courtauld Institute of Art, and a BA in theology and art history from Smith College. She is the author of The Art Deco Poster, and has lectured at SVA, The Cooper Union, NYU, Pratt, The New York Times, Columbia University, and The Sotheby’s Institute of Art. Instagram, LinkedIn
Curatorial Project: Amos Kennedy & The School of Bad Printing
In collaboration with the artist, Angelina Lippert will document and explore the practice of printmaker Amos Kennedy Jr., whose early letterpress posters commemorate Black rural life and community in Alabama.
Dr. Kelli Morgan is a professor of the practice and the inaugural director of curatorial studies at Tufts University. A curator, educator, and social justice activist who specializes in American art and visual culture, her scholarly commitment to the investigation of anti-Blackness within those fields has demonstrated how traditional art history and museum practice work specifically to uphold white supremacy. Website, Instagram
Curatorial Project: Art, Whiteness, and Empire: A History of the Art Museum
Dr. Kelli Morgan will curate selections from Black artists and thinkers like bell hooks, Emma Amos, and more to present the roots of Black cultural expression, as well as guidance on cultivating care and empowerment as a museum worker or visitor.
Dakota Noot is a Los Angeles-based artist and curator. He received his BFA from the University of North Dakota; and his MFA from the Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA. He has exhibited in galleries and institutions throughout the Los Angeles area including Charlie James Gallery, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, and the Torrance Art Museum. Along with Christopher Velasco, he co-founded the nomadic curatorial project Scream Queen; and he was the key artist for the Slamdance Film Festival in 2018. His work has been featured in Hi-Fructose. Website, Instagram
Curatorial Project: Daughters of Cyclona
Grounded in the work of Chicanx drag artist Cyclona, Dakota Noot’s project will bring a lineage of LGBTQIA+ drag artists and underrecognized queer Chicanx performance into a live-streamed, digital space.
Beya Othmani is an independent art curator and researcher based in Tunis. She is a member of the curatorial ensemble of Archive Sites, a platform for publishing and cultural research. She is currently a recipient of the CAORC/Andrew Mellon Art History fellowship.
Her research focuses on exhibition histories, the construction of racial identities in the arts, and state-led exhibition-making practices in colonial and post-colonial Africa. Website, Instagram
Curatorial Project: North Africans in the First International Black Arts Festivals, Negotiating Blackness in Dakar (1966) and Lagos (1977)
Beya Othmani will delve into the first Black art festivals in Dakar and Lagos, held in 1966 and 1977 respectively, to examine what these two landmark events tell us about the relationship between North African artists and movements for Black citizenship.
Sadaf Padder is a Brooklyn-based South-Asian-American independent curator, creative coach, and founder of Alpha Arts Alliance, a hyperlocal multidisciplinary collective that pledges a percentage of all proceeds to Grown in Haiti and youth arts initiatives.
Her focus is to amplify artists of the global majority, especially women, through connective themes such as mythology and social justice. Website, Instagram
Curatorial Project: The Soul Is Neither Born Nor Does It Ever Die: Indofuturism
Proposing the concept of Indofuturism, Sadaf Padder will bring together an array of South Asian artists working with themes of technology and science to challenge flattening terms like “Desi” and instead imagine a decolonial, diasporic conceptual framework.
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