Naomi Beckwith is a curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. She comes to Chicago from New York, where she was an associate curator at The Studio Museum in Harlem, where she has focused on themes of identity and conceptual practices in contemporary art, artists of African descent, and managing the Artists-in-Residence program. Beckwith’s career at The Studio Museum, one of the leading black contemporary art museums in the country, began in 2007, where she worked under the guidance of titan Thelma Golden as well as also managing the Artists-in-Residence program. She is a guest blogger for Art21 at PBS.org, sits on the board of the Laundromat Project, and she has since curated and co-curated countless exhibitions at the ICA in Philadelphia as well as in New York at Cuchifritos, Artists Space and at the Studio Museum.
Beckwith received an MA with Distinction from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, completing her Master’s thesis on Adrian Piper and Carrie Mae Weems, and a BA in history from Northwestern University in Illinois. She was a 2009 grantee of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and was named the 2011 Leader to Watch by ArtTable.