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Curator Conversation: How to Make It in the Art World


  • Members Event

  • Saturday, April 1, 5pm
  • Club B10

MASS MoCA members are invited to join us and Oolite Arts for a conversation with Curator and Co-founder of ARTNOIR Larry Ossei-Mensah, who co-curated the 2018 MASS MoCA exhibition Allison Janae Hamilton: Pitch.

This spring, the Studios at MASS MoCA is partnering with Oolite Arts’ Home + Away Travel Residency program. As part of this new collaboration, 10 Miami based-artists will spend five weeks here in North Adams, Mass. dedicated to their artistic practice and growth, which includes curated programming like this.

Members get special access to this residency event. Not yet a member? Become one here.

About the Speaker:
Larry Ossei-Mensah is a Ghanaian-American curator, collector, cultural critic, and angel investor and has organized exhibitions and programs at commercial and nonprofit spaces featuring artists such as Firelei Baez, Steve McQueen, Catherine Opie, Nick Cave, Guadalupe Maravilla, Ebony G. Patterson, Judy Chicago, Stanley Whitney, to name a few. He has also collaborated on several Web3-related projects with creatives such as Derrick Adams x Jay-Z, Marco Brambilla, and Mikael Owunna. The global venues Ossei-Mensah has collaborated with on exhibitions include such spaces as The MCA Denver, Ben Brown Fine Arts in Hong Kong & London, the 7th Athen Biennale in Athens, Greece, which he co-curated with OSMK Social Club, and MASS MoCA where he co-curated with Susan Cross Allison Janae Hamilton: Pitch which was Hamilton debut museum solo exhibition.

Ossei-Mensah recently opened his second exhibition in Asia, Sounds of Blackness, at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila in the Philippines. This is the first group exhibition featuring an ensemble of all Black visual artists from the African Diaspora in South East Asia. He has also worked alongside Ghanaian painter, Amoako Boafo, curating his first museum solo exhibition, Soul of Black Folks, exhibited at the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) in 2021, San Francisco, and the Contemporary Art Museum Houston in 2022 with upcoming iterations on view Summer & Fall ‘23 at the Seattle Art Museum and Denver Art Museum. A native of The Bronx, Ossei-Mensah co-founded ARTNOIR, a nonprofit whose mission is to drive racial equity in the art world by centering creatives, curators, collectors, and communities of color. You can follow Ossei-Mensah at @larryosseimensah (Instagram) and @youngglobal on Twitter.