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Leslie King-Hammond and Lowery Stokes Sims: In Conversation

The Evening Lecture Series is free and open to the public. With inquiries, please contact Kara Carmack at kcarmack@nyss.org.


Leslie King-Hammond is an art historian, curator, artist and cultural art activist and community innovator. She is Professor Emerita, former Graduate Dean and founding Director of the Center of Race and Culture at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). King Hammond sits on the board of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture as well as the Baltimore Arts Realty Corporation (BARCO) – an initiative committed to developing and supporting arts and culture projects in the communities of Baltimore City. She has had an active career curating exhibitions and writing essays and publications on numerous artists and cultural movements including Jacob Lawrence, Hughie Lee-Smith, Betye Saar, Aminah Brenda Lynne Robinson, and Joyce J. Scott. King Hammond’s artistry has been exhibited at the Museum of Biblical Art, The Smithsonian, Galerie Myrtis, MICA and the James E. Lewis Museum. Her mixed media bricolage works explore the anonymity of women’s work and the intersection of African Diasporic and spiritual beliefs.

A specialist in contemporary art, craft and design, Lowery Stokes Sims served on the education and curatorial staff of The Metropolitan Museum of Art (1972-99), as executive director and president The Studio Museum in Harlem (2000-2007) and retired as Curator Emerita from the Museum of Art and Design (2007-2015).  More recently she has worked as an independent curator and consultant for numerous exhibitions at various institutions, including the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, Craft Contemporary in Los Angeles, and the Baltimore Museum of Art. She was Visiting Professor at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University (2018-2020), and has been appointed the 2021-22 Kress-Beinecke Professor at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.


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