Diverse Discourse Lecturers
CHRISTOPHER Y. LEW AND MIA LOCKS
2017 WHITNEY BIENNIAL CO-CURATORS
Wednesday, November 30, 6:30 PM
CHRISTOPHER Y. LEW is the Nancy and Fred Poses Associate Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Lew oversees the emerging artist program at the Museum and, most recently, was co-curator of the 2017 Whitney Biennial (with Mia Locks). He has organized the first US solo exhibitions for Sophia Al-Maria, Jared Madere, and Rachel Rose. Lew also organized Open Plan: Lucy Dodd (2016) and was co-curator of the group show Mirror Cells (2016). Prior to joining the Whitney, he was Assistant Curator at MoMA PS1 and organized numerous exhibitions there. Lew has contributed to several publications including Art AsiaPacific, Art Journal, Bomb, Huffington Post, and Mousse.
MIA LOCKS is an independent curator based in New York. Recent exhibitions include the 2017 Whitney Biennial, co-organized with Christopher Y. Lew at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and Greater New York (2015), co-organized with Douglas Crimp, Peter Eleey, and Thomas J. Lax at MoMA PS1, as well as solo exhibitions of work by Samara Golden, Math Bass, and IM Heung-soon. Additionally, she organized The Little Things Could Be Dearer (2014), which included the work of Carina Brandes, Melanie Gilligan, Ulrike Müller, and Michael E. Smith; and Cruising the Archive: Queer Art and Culture in Los Angeles, 1945–1980 (2011) at ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives in Los Angeles as part of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time initiative. Locks is currently on the faculty of the MA program in Curatorial Practice at the School of Visual Arts, New York.