BAHM | 2.19.18 | Zoe Whitley
Zoe Whitley is a D.C.-native who is currently a Research Curator at the Tate Modern in London. From 2013 to 2015, she held dual positions as Curator, Contemporary British Art at the Tate Britain and Curator, International Art at the Tate Modern. She previously held positions as curator of the now defunct, Contemporary Programmes and Assistant Curator in the Print department of the V&A Museum in London. She received an M.A. in the History of Design from the Royal College of Art in London and is a PhD candidate at the University of Central Lancashire.
In 2013, Whitley co-curated The Shadow Took Shape at the Studio Museum in Harlem, alongside Naima Keith. This exhibition explored contemporary art through the lens of Afrofuturism and included work by Sanford Biggers, Kiluanji Kia Henda, and Wangechi Mutu, among others.
Whitley's most notable recent exhibition is Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power at the Tate Modern in the summer of 2017. This landmark exhibition explores artistic production of the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements, featuring the work of abstract expressionists Sam Gilliam and Frank Bowling, L.A.-based Noah Purifoy and Betye Saar, painter Barkley Hendricks, and many more. Th exhibition also includes a number of archival materials, photographs, and even copies of the Black Panther Magazine. The exhibition is currently at the Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, Arkansas and will later travel to the Brooklyn Museum in NY.