Opening Celebration for ‘Emancipation’

Join us for the opening celebration of ‘Emancipation: The Unfinished Project of Liberation.’

John Quincy Adams Ward, The Freedman

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Join us for the opening celebration of Emancipation: The Unfinished Project of Liberation from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be time for viewing the exhibition and mingling during a reception from 6 to 7 p.m., followed at 7 p.m. by an opening conversation with exhibition curators Destinee Filmore (MA ’23, WCMA Curatorial Mellon Fellow ’21-’24), Maggie Adler (BA ’99, MA ‘11), Curator of Paintings, Sculpture, and Works on Paper at the Amon Carter Museum, and Maurita N. Poole PhD (WCMA Curatorial Mellon Fellow ’13-’15), Executive Director of Newcomb Art Museum, Tulane University.

Destinee Filmore is an Assistant Curator in the Modern and Contemporary Art department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In 2023, she received an MA in Art History from Williams College, and she held the position of Mellon Curatorial Fellow at WCMA between 2021 and 2024. She attended Spelman College and holds a B.A. in Art History. In 2021, she completed the Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship at the High Museum of Art, and she has previously held fellowships and internships at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the High Museum of Art.

Margaret (Maggie) Adler is Curator of Paintings, Sculpture, and Works on Paper at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, Texas, where she has organized exhibitions including Audubon’s Beasts (2015), Wild Spaces, Open Seasons: Hunting and Fishing in American Art (2016), Horizon Lines (2017), Puente Nuevo with Justin Favela (2019), The Perilous Texas Adventures of Mark Dion (2020), and Mythmakers: The Art of Winslow Homer and Frederic Remington (2020). Prior to the Amon Carter, Maggie held the Barra fellowship at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Prior to her curatorial career, she served as Director of Development at the Addison Gallery of American Art during a $30 million campaign and spearheaded the communications aspects of the museum. She brings her experience having worked in most museum departments to her work as a curator, with keen attention to strategic institutional goals. Though her scholarly research focuses on nineteenth century art, she has collaborated with leading contemporary artists on large-scale commissions, including Jenny Holzer, Pepon Osorio, Gabriel Dawe, Justin Favela, and Mark Dion. She holds a BA in classical languages and the history of art and an MA in the history of art from Williams College. She is an alum of the 2021 Center for Curatorial Leadership program.

Dr. Maurita N. Poole is the director and chief curator at the Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane University, and she holds a doctorate from Emory University in Anthropology. Her curatorial practice is shaped by her training as a Mellon Curatorial Fellow at Williams College Museum of Art, The Walters Art Museum, The Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, and Spelman College Museum of Fine Art. Poole most recently served as director and curator at Clark Atlanta University Art Museum (CAUAM). As director, she strengthened the museum’s infrastructure and provided opportunities for the next generation of museum professionals. She created and managed the Tina Dunkley Fellowship in American Art, a collaborative Diversity in Art Museum Leadership Initiative (DAMLI) involving CAUAM, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), and the Zuckerman Museum of Art (ZMA). In addition, she developed the “Black Optics Artist Residency,” a platform that connects artists of African descent from the American South and Global South. Her curatorial projects primarily focus on African and African Diaspora art. Her most recent exhibition is Emancipation: The Unfinished Project of Liberation (2023). In 2021, she curated the complementary exhibitions Wilay Mendez Paez: Notes from the Underground and Portals to a New World at The Atlanta Contemporary and CAUAM. Other noteworthy shows include Guy Gabon: L’Autre Bord/The Bridge of Beyond (2020), Crafting for Life (2019), Alfred Conteh: The Sweet Spot (2018), and Frederick D. Jones and The Social Surreal (2017). She is an alum of the 2020 Center for Curatorial Leadership program.

February 23, 2024
6 PM

WCMA

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