Wassan Al-Khudhairi

Wassan Al-Khudhairi

Program

CCL Class of 2021

Institution

Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis

Title

Chief Curator

Institution at time of Fellowship

Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis

Wassan Al-Khudhairi is the Chief Curator at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, where she has organized numerous exhibitions including those with Derek Fordjour, Stephanie Syjuco, Bethany Collins, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Guan Xiao, Hayv Kahraman, Trenton Doyle Hancock, and SUPERFLEX. Prior to her position at CAM, Al-Khudhairi was the Hugh Kaul Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Birmingham Museum of Art where she organized the first large-scale exhibition of the museum’s contemporary collection, Third Space / shifting conversations about contemporary art. The exhibition’s accompanying publication received the 2019 AAMC Curatorial Award for Excellence. Al- Khudhairi was invited to be a Curator for the 6th Asian Art Biennial in Taiwan in 2017 and Co-Artistic Director for 9th Gwangju Biennial in South Korea in 2012. Serving as the Founding Director of Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Qatar, Al-Khudhairi oversaw the opening of the Museum in 2010 and co- curated the first presentation of the museum’s collection Sajjil: A Century of Modern Art and curated Cai Guo-Qiang: Saraab. She holds a BA in Art History from Georgia State University and an MA with Distinction from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London.

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