Ask A Curator Day

#AskACurator Day 2017

If you have ever had a burning question for one of our curators, now is your chance to ask. The Hammer is excited to once again be among more than 1,400 museums from 57 countries participating in #AskACurator Day on Wednesday, September 13, 2017.

Hammer curatorial staff will be available to answer your questions from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. PST. Tweet your questions to @hammer_museum and make sure to use the #AskACurator hashtag. We can't wait to hear from you.

Erin Christovale, photo by Paley Fairman

10–11 a.m. PST Erin Christovale, assistant curator

Erin Christovale is the assistant curator at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. She is the curator of Black Radical Imagination with Amir George, which has screened both nationally and internationally in spaces such as MoMA PS1, MOCA Los Angeles, and the Museo Taller José Clemente Orozco. Exhibitions include a/wake in the water: Meditations on Disaster (2014) at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, Memoirs of A Watermelon Woman (2016) and A Subtle Likeness (2016) at the ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, and S/Election: Democracy, Citizenship, Freedom (2016) at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. She is currently organizing the 28th anniversary of ALTERNATE ENDINGS, RADICAL BEGINNINGS with Vivian Crockett as part of Visual AIDS’ longstanding project, A Day With(Out) Art and Made in L.A. 2018 with Anne Ellegood at the Hammer Museum. 

Lilly Casillas

11 a.m.–noon PST Lilly Casillas, exhibition coordinator

Lilly Casillas is the exhibition coordinator for Radical Women: Latin American Art 1960-1985. She was formerly a curatorial assistant at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, working specifically on the exhibition Picasso and Rivera: Conversations Across Time. Casillas earned her MA in curatorial practice from Central Saint Martins and her BA in art history from the University of California, Berkeley. She specializes in modern and contemporary art, focusing on Latin America. 

Ikechukwu Casmir Onyewuenyi, Photo by Ben Filo

Noon–1 p.m. PST Ikechukwu Onyewuenyi, curatorial assistant

Ikechukwu Casmir Onyewuenyi joined the Hammer in May 2017. He is a Nigerian Australian curator and writer. His research interests dovetail across performance and performativity in new (digital) media, epistemology of the photographic image, and African aesthetics in the diaspora. Onyewuenyi has prior curatorial experience at Performa, The Kitchen, BRIC, and African Artist’s Foundation, Lagos, among others. He maintains an ongoing writing practice, having profiled the likes of Maurizio Cattelan, Awol Erizku, Hassan Elahi, Simone Forti, Dana Michels, and Jo Ratcliffe for publications such as Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Media Culture, ARTS.BLACK, BLOUIN ARTINFO, carla, OnCurating, and Performa Magazine, among others. He has an M.A. in Curatorial Practice from the School of Visual Arts, New York and an M.S. in Clinical/Biological Health Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh.

MacKenzie Stevens

1–2 p.m. PST MacKenzie Stevens, curatorial assistant

MacKenzie Stevens is a curatorial assistant at the Hammer Museum. At the Hammer, she assisted in the organization of Hammer Projects with Francis Upritchard, Lily van der Stokker, Maria Hassabi, Pedro Reyes, Marwa Arsanios, Kevin Beasley, and Judith Hopf. Stevens was part of the curatorial team for Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College, 1933-1957 (Hammer presentation), Made in L.A. 2016: a, the, though, only, and most recently, Jimmie Durham: At the Center of the World, and has contributed essays to exhibition catalogues, brochures, as well as the museum’s website. She has held positions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Pace Gallery, New York; the University of Southern California, Los Angeles; and the Hammer Museum. Stevens earned her BA in art history from UC Berkeley and received a MA in art history from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London.  

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