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Visiting Curator Project: Mia Locks

  • The Galleries at Moore 1916 Race Street, 19103 (map)

Exhibition opens September 27, 5:30–8 pm; on view September 28 through December 7, 2019


Mia Locks is currently senior curator and head of new initiatives at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles. Most recently, she was co-curator of the 2017 Whitney Biennial, with Christopher Y. Lew, at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and previously held curatorial positions at MoMA PS1 and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA). Her exhibitions include Greater New York (2015), co-organized with Douglas Crimp, Peter Eleey, and Thomas J. Lax; The Little Things Could Be Dearer (2014); Cruising the Archive: Queer Art and Culture in Los Angeles, 1945–1980 (2011), co-organized with David Frantz; as well as solo projects with Math Bass, Samara Golden, and Im Heung-soon. Locks is on the faculty of the Curatorial Practice program at the School of Visual Arts, New York and a 2018 fellow at the Center for Curatorial Leadership.



Philadelphia, PA – The Galleries at Moore College of Art & Design announce a new initiative that will highlight the talents of guest curators from outside of the Philadelphia region in exhibitions for the fall seasons of 2019, 2020 and 2021.


The Visiting Curators Initiative will focus on engaging new artistic input from three curators who will bring their visions to The Galleries at Moore, a hub for contemporary art and creative exploration in the heart of Philadelphia: Mia Locks, senior curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Kalia Brooks Nelson, a New York-based curator and educator; and Charlotta Kotik, an independent curator based in Brooklyn. (Abbreviated biographies of the guest curators are provided below.)


“The Visiting Curator project provides a wonderful opportunity for The Galleries to display a wide range of curatorial styles and perspectives,” said Moore President Cecelia Fitzgibbon. “It brings Moore students the advantage of interfacing with important up-and-coming and established curators who have their fingers on the pulse of what is current and artistically important.”


Mia Locks’ exhibition, opening September 27, will highlight the work of artist Ulrike Mller alongside a group show that includes work by artists Martin Beck, Medrie MacPhee, Dona Nelson and Deborah Remington, among others.


Kalia Brooks Nelson’s exhibition in fall 2020 will encompass the art of three women of color, born in Botswana, Dominican Republic and Japan, respectively, and will feature themes of migration and femininity.


In fall 2021, Charlotta Kotik will present socially engaged artworks, and she will work closely with Moore students as well as people in nearby Philadelphia communities.


“We believe that bringing a fresh curatorial perspective each year will not only help grow our reputation as an incubator for contemporary thinking, but will also provide a unique and creative opportunity for curators to experiment in a new environment full of collaborative possibilities,” said Gabrielle Lavin Suzenski, Rochelle F. Levy Director, The Galleries at Moore. “To have this outside perspective is a really unique way to add variety to what we’re doing. We look forward to our curator colleagues’ exhibitions providing a meaningful learning experience for our students and an important artistic experience for the larger community.”


“We are very grateful to our colleagues Thom Collins from The Barnes Foundation and Susan Talbott, formerly of the Fabric Workshop, for recommending these remarkably talented young women from all over the country to work at the College,” said President Fitzgibbon. “As a force in the local art world, The Galleries, in collaboration with these curators, reveal current thinking in fine art, and we are excited to be a place where Philadelphians can experience this work.”

Earlier Event: September 27
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Later Event: September 28
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