Mia Locks

Mia Locks


CCL Class of 2018


The Museum of Contemporary Art


Senior Curator and Head of New Initiatives


Dia Art Foundation


Jessica Morgan, Dia Art Foundation

Mia Locks is currently an independent curator based in New York. Most recently, she was co-curator of the 2017 Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Prior to the Whitney, Locks held curatorial positions at MoMA PS1, New York and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles. Her exhibitions include Greater New York (2015) and The Little Things Could Be Dearer (2014) as well as solo shows of Samara Golden, Math Bass, and Im Heung-soon. Additionally she organized the three-part exhibition, Cruising the Archive: Queer Art and Culture in Los Angeles, 1945–1980, at ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives in Los Angeles as part of the Getty’s first Pacific Standard Time initiative in 2011. Her writing has appeared in several publications and exhibition catalogues, and she is on the faculty of the M.A. program in Curatorial Practice at the School of Visual Arts, New York.

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