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Naomi Beckwith Paves the Way For Others As The Guggenheim's First Black Deputy Director & Chief Curator

Make way for The Guggenheim’s first Black deputy and chief curator. According to The New York Times, Naomi Beckwith is now the chief curator and deputy director at the historic Guggenheim Museum, an appointment that makes her the first Black woman to hold the title. Beckwith got her start as an associate curator at the Studio Museum in Harlem. In 2011, she began holding curatorial posts at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago before ultimately becoming senior curator in 2018.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Guggenheim Museum (@guggenheim) Her former work includes spearheading a project with British-Nigerian sculptor Yinka Shonibare that explored colonialism, cultural identity, and race.  Now, she will replace former director and curator of the Guggenheim, Nancy Spector. In this historic new role, Beckwith’s position designates a shift in power for the museum which like many institutions has not always made space when it comes to diversity, inclusion and racial...

Jan 21, 2021