Curator of contemporary art, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Lauren Haynes is curator of contemporary art at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, where she is co-organizing the upcoming exhibition, The Beyond: Georgia O’Keeffe and Contemporary Art, opening at Crystal Bridges in May 2018. Prior to joining Crystal Bridges in October 2016, Haynes was associate curator, permanent collection at The Studio Museum in Harlem, where she worked for close to a decade. A scholar of African-American modern and contemporary art, Haynes has authored and co-authored several catalogues such as Alma Thomas, The Bearden Project, Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art, and Stanley Whitney: Dance the Orange. As an assistant curator at The Studio Museum, Haynes oversaw the Artist-in-Residence program in 2011–12, 2012–13 and 2013–14. She has lectured at venues throughout the United States, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Deutsche Bank; and Texas State University, San Marcos. She is a member of the Association of Art Museum Curators and serves on the Nomination and Governance Committee. Haynes is a recipient of a 2016 Gold Rush Award from Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation. Haynes holds a Bachelor’s degree in Art History from Oberlin College (2005).