Naomi Beckwith is the Marilyn and Larry Fields Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, where her exhibition and book projects focus on the impact of identity and multi-disciplinary practices for shaping contemporary art. Prior to the MCA, Beckwith held positions at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia and the Studio Museum in Harlem. Her numerous exhibitions include The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 to Now and 30 Seconds off an Inch, both considering the persistent resonance of black cultural practices across contemporary art internationally. She has been an early champion of such rising artists as Rashid Johnson, Jimmy Robert, Keren Cytter, The Propeller Group, and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye. Beckwith has contributed to numerous publications and served on the jury of the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015. She holds a BA in History from Northwestern University and an MA with Distinction from the Courtauld Institute in London.
Twelve Curators Announced for Tenth Annual Intensive Training Program The Center for Curatorial Leadership (CCL) has announced its tenth class of curatorial fellows as the organization celebrates one decade of training prepared and inspired museum leaders. The 2017 class includes twelve esteemed curators from across North America and signals the ... Read More >
Highlights from the concluding weeklong intensive of the Center for Curatorial Leadership The Center for Curatorial Leadership’s (CCL) 2017 Fellows convened this May for a one-week intensive in New York City. As a culmination of their five months in the fellowship, these twelve inspired curators participated in a targeted selection ... Read More >
We're thrilled for Naomi Beckwith (CCL 2017), who has been promoted to Manilow Senior Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Naomi completed the CCL Fellowship last year, where she participated in CCL's signature curriculum and received mentorship from Adam Weinberg at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Most recently, she ... Read More >
Highlights from the two-week January intensive of the Center for Curatorial Leadership For two weeks in January, the Center for Curatorial Leadership (CCL) hosted its tenth class of Fellows for their leadership intensive in New York City. A cohort of twelve curators from institutions across North America came together for ... Read More >
We're thrilled to learn that VIA Art Fund has named Naomi Beckwith (CCL 2017) its inaugural Curatorial Fellowship Grantee! Designed to "support visionary curators by providing discretionary funds for exhibition research, travel, or the general development of the curator’s area of inquiry," the fellowship will enable Naomi to travel throughout northern Africa ... Read More >