This Visiting Curators Initiative (VCI) focuses on engaging new artistic input from curators who will bring their visions to The Galleries at Moore, a hub for contemporary art and creative exploration in the heart of Philadelphia. To date, three curators: Mia Locks, senior curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Kalia Brooks Nelson, a New York-based curator and educator; and Charlotta Kotik, an independent curator based in Brooklyn have agreed to participate in the initiative.

About VCI & the curators

Mia Locks

Mia Locks is currently senior curator and head of new initiatives at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles. Most recently, she was co-curator of the 2017 Whitney Biennial, with Christopher Y. Lew, at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and previously held curatorial positions at MoMA PS1 and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA).

Kalia Brooks Nelson

Kalia Brooks Nelson is a New York–based curator and educator, currently teaching at the Department of Photography and Imaging at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, focusing on visual cultural theory, the history of photography and the business of art. She is a member of a committee facilitating an international conference series titledBlack Portraitures, around the image of the black body in Western art and culture.

Charlotta Kotik

Charlotta Kotík is an independent curator based in Brooklyn who is focused on facilitating various projects for galleries, alternative spaces and museums. She was formerly head of the department of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Brooklyn Museum, where she initiated new programs such as the series of Grand Lobby Projects for extensive installation-based works and the Working in Brooklyn series, to document the energy of the nascent Brooklyn art scene.

“We believe that bringing a fresh curatorial perspective each year will not only help grow our reputation as an incubator for contemporary thinking, but will also provide a unique and creative opportunity for curators to experiment in a new environment full of collaborative possibilities,” said Gabrielle Lavin Suzenski, Rochelle F. Levy Director, The Galleries at Moore. “We look forward to our curator colleagues’ exhibitions providing a meaningful learning experience for our students and an important artistic experience for the larger community.”

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