Valerie Cassel Oliver, Sydney and Frances Lewis Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
In this talk Valerie Cassel Oliver will discuss her 2014 exhibition at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston entitled, Black in the Abstract, that looked at the history of Black artists working in abstraction. It was the basis of several solo exhibitions that came in its wake including monographs on Jennie C. Jones, Angel Otero and Howardena Pindell.
Valerie Cassel Oliver is the Sydney and Frances Lewis Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Prior to her position at the VMFA, she was Senior Curator at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. Her debut at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts was the critically acclaimed retrospective entitled, Howardena Pindell: What Remains to be Seen co organized with Naomi Beckwith (2018). Most recently, she opened the groundbreaking exhibition, The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture and the Sonic Impulse (2021) that toured nationally.