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Susan Sherman Annual Distinguished Speaker: Thelma Golden

Nov 14, 2012, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Free and open to the public.

Cash bar. 

WEDNESday, November 14, 2012
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm 

Free and open to the public. Cash bar.

This year CAM welcomes Thelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator of The Studio Museum in Harlem. While at the Studio Museum, Golden has organized many notable exhibitions, including Chris Ofili: Afro Muses 19952005; Black Romantic; Freestyle; Frequency; Glenn Ligon: Stranger; Martin Puryear: The Cane Project; and Isaac Julien: Vagabondia. In 2010, President Barack Obama appointed Golden to the Committee for the Preservation of the White House.

Golden’s critically acclaimed exhibitions at the Studio Museum have established that institution as a leading center for work by artists of African descent, and she has promoted and encouraged many young and emerging practitioners in the field. CAM Director Lisa Melandri calls her “one of the most important and unique voices in the global art world today.”

During a TED talk in February 2009, Golden described her work as an opportunity to provoke a new dialogue about race and culture. “The privilege I’ve had as a curator is not just the discovery of new works… but what I’ve discovered about myself and what I can offer in the space of an exhibition—to talk about beauty, to talk about power, to talk about ourselves, and to talk and speak to each other.”

Golden began her career at the Studio Museum in 1987 before joining the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1988. In a decade at the Whitney, she organized numerous groundbreaking exhibitions, including the 1993 Biennial and Black Male, and served as Director of the Whitney Museum at Phillip Morris. She returned to the Studio Museum in 2000 as Deputy Director for Exhibitions and Programs and was named Director and Chief Curator in 2005.

The Susan Sherman Annual Distinguished Speaker Series is designed to bring scholarship and art commentary of the highest caliber to St. Louis. This program connects audiences with today’s most relevant artists, curators, designers, and scholars. Past speakers have included Michael Kimmelman, Maya Lin, Glenn Lowry, Jeff Rosenheim, Jerry Saltz, Rob Storr, and Richard Armstrong.

View Thelma Golden’s 2009 TED talk here.