Director, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, N.Y.
Thelma Golden was educated in art history and African American studies at Smith College. Prior to her appointment at the Studio Museum, she was a curator at the Whitney Museum of Art and for Peter and Eileen Norton of Los Angeles. In addition to her curatorial work, Golden teaches, lectures, and writes about contemporary art, cultural issues, and curatorial practice all over the world. She was a visiting professor at the School of the Arts at Columbia University and has been a lecturer at both Yale and Cornell University. She is a member of the Graduate Committee of the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College. Since taking over the position at the Studio Museum in January 2000, she has organized a number of exhibitions, including “Isaac Julien: Vagabondia”; “Martin Puryear: The Cane Project”; “Glenn Ligon: Stranger”; “Material and Matter”; “Freestyle"; "Yinka Shonibare”; “Red, Black and Green”; and “Black Romantic.”