Join Locust Projects and Oolite Arts for a conversation with Trevor Schoonmaker, Artistic Director of the U.S. Triennial, Prospect New Orleans (Prospect.4) and Chief Curator and Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Curator of Contemporary Art at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.
Hired in 2006 as its first contemporary art curator, he has been instrumental in shaping the museum’s curatorial vision and contemporary art collection. His Nasher Museum exhibitions include “Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art,” co-curated with Miranda Lash of the Speed Art Museum (2016); “Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey” (2013); “The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl” (2010); “Barkley L. Hendricks: Birth of the Cool” (2008); and “Street Level: Mark Bradford, William Cordova & Robin Rhode” (2007). Prior to joining the Nasher Museum, Schoonmaker’s exhibitions included “The Beautiful Game: Contemporary Art and Fútbol,” co-curated with Franklin Sirmans (2006); “DTroit” (2003); and “Black President: The Art and Legacy of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti” (2003). He is the editor of several exhibition catalogues as well as the book Fela: From West Africa to West Broadway (2003). In 2001, he cofounded New York’s first Afrobeat club night Jump N Funk with DJ Rich Medina.