The Radical Practice of Black Curation: A Symposium

April 11 at Princeton University | April 12 at Park Avenue Armory, NYC
Thursday, April 11, 2024Friday, April 12, 2024
Princeton Campus and NYC


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April 11 - free and open to the public

April 12 - by invitation

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About The Radical Practice of Black Curation Symposium

The Radical Practice of Black Curation engages the past, present, and future of Black curation as a practice that exceeds the urgent but constraining question of making and exhibiting art in a time of “racial reckoning.” Because Black curatorial practice has increasingly been framed/bracketed by this conceptual language, our point of departure will be two overlapping prompts:

  • How have curators of color responded to the idea of “racial reckoning” in their curatorial practice? What are the potential impacts and constraints of the language of “racial reckoning” as both the template and temporality of contemporary Black curation?
  • What kinds of futures are possible for Black curatorial practice that are not tethered or beholden to the temporality of “racial reckoning”? How has your curatorial practice sought to navigate, engage, and exceed this conceptual template?

Hosted jointly by the Princeton Collaboratorium for Radical Aesthetics led by Tina Campt, Princeton’s Roger S. Berlind ‘52 Professor in the Humanities, and the Park Avenue Armory in New York City, the symposium will assemble an influential, emerging transnational group of curators of color to explore the significance of our current conjuncture by reflecting on their collaborative curatorial practice and the ways such collaborations are opening up vibrant new spaces in the contemporary art world.

The Symposium will take place over two afternoons at Princeton and the Armory. On April 11, Princeton will host an afternoon of public dialogues and panel presentations, followed on April 12 by an afternoon retreat of a group of invited participants who will engage more deeply with the topics and themes raised at the symposium in ways that probe the challenge and aspirations for the future of Black curation. The symposium will conclude with a public performance on April 12 at 8 p.m. at the Armory.  


  • The Collaboratorium
  • Program in Visual Arts
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