A low-residency, intensive year round program providing the conceptual, critical, historical, and practical knowledge needed to sustain a successful studio.

Visiting Artists
Mia Locks
Curator , Co-Curator of the 2017 Whitney Biennial
New York, NY LECTURE
Wednesday, July 19 at 11:45am

Terra Hall
211 S. Broad St. Philadelphia, PA
Connelly Auditorium // 8th Floor
Mia Locks is currently an independent curator based in New York. The Whitney Museum of American Art announced Locks as co-curator for the institution’s upcoming 2017 Whitney Biennial. It will be the first time the event will take place in the museum’s new downtown location. The young age of the appointed curators demonstrates the Whitney’s dedication to taking a fresh approach to the institutions biennial survey of American contemporary art. "With the opening of the new building, we're rededicating ourselves to the Whitney's longstanding commitment to emerging artists. Mia's interest in both historical figures and new tendencies, as well her years on the West Coast will add important perspective to the Biennial. "- states Scott Rothkopf, the Whitney’s Deputy Director for Programs and Nancy and Steve Crown Family Chief Curator. Mia Locks most recently served as is Assistant Curator at MoMA PS1, where she organized exhibitions including Math Bass: Off the Clock (2015); IM Heung-soon: Reincarnation (2015); Samara Golden: The Flat Side of the Knife (2014); and The Little Things Could Be Dearer (2014). Before joining MoMA PS1, Locks organized Cruising the Archive: Queer Art and Culture in Los Angeles, 1945-1980 (2012), with David Frantz, at ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives as part of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time initiative. Additionally, she has previously worked at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA), where she helped to organize Blues for Smoke (2012) and Bob Mizer and Tom of Finland (2013), both with Bennett Simpson.