The New York-based New Museum has named Vivian Crockett as its new curator, hinting at its plans to go international.
Vivian Crockett is currently serving as an assistant curator at the Dallas Museum of Art in Texas. During her tenure at Texas since last year, Crockett placed an impressive focus on Latinx and African diasporic art. It is assumed that such expertise is precisely what led to her hire. Major NY museums like New Museum rarely put specific cultures as a special focus in their vast galleries, but it seems the museum authorities want to change that.
Before joining the Dallas Museum, Vivian Crocket was a curatorial fellow at MoMa and a part of their Judson Dance Theater survey in 2018. Currently, she is working on a Ph.D. that focuses on gender and queer theory in art. In 2017, she was the brain behind the Visual AIDS’s Day Without Art event that celebrated HIV-related deaths. She has also been a teaching fellow at the Whitney Museum. Her upcoming projects include a solo exhibition of the renowned photographer Guadalupe Rosales, scheduled to open in October.
Speaking of her appointment, Massimiliano Gioni (Artistic Director, New Museum) said:
“With her interests in African and Latinx diasporas, she strongly connects to the New Museum’s ongoing focus on international art and global dialogues, and her work around questions of gender and queer theory participates in the Museum’s long history of engagement with such themes. Just as importantly, she is passionate, engaged, and informed about the most recent developments in contemporary art.”
Vivian Crocket will join her new position on January 1, 2022. Her appointment is the second major hire at New Museum this summer. Earlier, in June, Isolde Brielmaier was chosen as the new deputy director.