Jamillah James

Jamillah James


CCL/SMH 2021-2023


Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago


Manilow Senior Curator

Institution at time of Fellowship

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Jamillah James is Manilow Senior Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Previously, she was Senior Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (ICA LA) and co-curator of the 2021 edition of the New Museum Triennial. Prior to joining ICA LA in 2016, James was Assistant Curator at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; and held curatorial positions at the Studio Museum in Harlem and Queens Museum, New York, in addition to producing exhibitions and programs at various alternative and artist-run spaces throughout the US and Canada since 2004. She has curated major surveys of Nayland Blake (No Wrong Holes: Thirty Years of Nayland Blake, 2019) and B. Wurtz (This Has No Name, 2018); and solo exhibitions of Lucas Blalock, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Alex Da Corte, rafa esparza, Maryam Jafri, Stanya Kahn, Simone Leigh, and Harold Mendez, among others. James is a recipient of a Curatorial Research Fellowship from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts (2021) and a VIA Art Foundation Curatorial Fellowship (2018). She has contributed to Artforum, Frieze, The International Review of African American Art, and numerous exhibition catalogues, and regularly lectures on contemporary art, curating, and professional development for emerging artists.

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