BAHM | 2.12.18 | Rujeko Hockley
Rujeko Hockley is Assistant Curator at the Whitney Museum. She began her career as a curatorial assistant at the Studio Museum in Harlem, where she worked alongside Director Thelma Golden. In 2012 she became the Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the Brooklyn Museum. While there, she organized exhibitions with Tom Sachs, LaToya Ruby Frazier, and others, including Crossing Brooklyn: Art from Bushwick, Bed-Stuy, and Beyond in 2014 and in 2017, the highly praised, We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965–85.
Since joining the Whitney in April of 2017, Hockley has curated Toyin Ojih Odutola: To Wander Determined and helped organize, An Incomplete History of Protest: Selections from the Whitney’s Collection, 1940–2017. It was recently announced that she will co-curate the 2019 Whitney Biennial alongside Associate Curator Jane Panetta.
Hockley is an active moderator on panel discussions and contributor of essays to various exhibition catalogues and publications. She serves on the board of Art Matters and Recess. She was born in Zimbabwe and moved to D.C. at a young age, where she grew up visiting the Smithsonian museum system. She received a B.A. in art history from Columbia and is currently a PhD. candidate at UC San Diego.