The 2018 Bernard Osher Lecture with Thelma Golden

The 2018 Bernard Osher Lecture with Thelma Golden

Hannaford Hall at the University of Southern Maine

The Studio Museum in Harlem photo courtesy of The Studio Museum

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With a vision set squarely to the future and a belief in the power of art to shape local communities and affect the wider world, Thelma Golden is an ideal choice for this year’s event.

The Studio Museum is the world’s leading institution devoted to visual art by artists of African descent, located in the heart of Harlem, New York. Under Golden’s leadership, the museum has gained increased renown as a global leader in the exhibition of contemporary art, a center for innovative education, and a cultural anchor in the Harlem community.

Golden’s tenure as Director has also been characterized by a deep commitment to planning for the Museum’s future. In 2015, the museum announced plans to create a new facility on its current site in Harlem. The new building will be the Studio Museum’s first purpose-built facility since its founding in 1968.

Prior to joining the Studio Museum in 2000, Golden was a curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art, where she co-curated the 1993 Whitney Biennial, a landmark exhibition that paved the way for topics of race, gender and identity to be discussed institutionally. One year later, Golden curated the groundbreaking Black Male: Representations of Masculinity in American Art, an exhibition that cemented her reputation as a leading progressive voice in museum and artistic culture.

After leaving the Whitney, Golden accepted the role of Deputy Director for Exhibitions and Programs at the Studio Museum in 2000, and became Director of the institution in 2005. In the years that followed, the Studio Museum has made significant strides in the presentation of contemporary art, and helped shape the future of one of New York’s most historic and important neighborhoods.