Cross-Border Dialogues: Julie Crooks and Kelli Morgan

Cross-Border Dialogues
Julie Crooks and Kelli Morgan

Thursday, January 25, 2024 | 6:30 – 8 pm ET
Free | Online | Zoom
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Cross-Border Dialogues is a series of conversations between arts programmers based in Canada and the United States. Participants will address a range of topics including the philosophies that inform their work, their methods for engagement, and the role of pedagogy and community outreach in their respective practices.

The next discussion in the series, which is organized and moderated by former Art Gallery of Guelph curator Sally Frater, invites Julie Crooks and Kelli Morgan to discuss the critical role of mentorship in their work, and approaches to representation and programming in response to and beyond the histories of the institution.

Cross-Border Dialogues is presented by the Art Gallery of Guelph with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Guelph Community Foundation.

Julie Crooks is Curator, Arts of Global Africa and the Diaspora at the Art Gallery of Ontario. She holds a PhD from the Department of History of Art and Archaeology at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, UK. Joining the AGO in 2017, she has curated a number of significant exhibitions, including Free Black North (2017), Mickalene Thomas: Femmes Noires (2018), and presentations from the permanent collection such as Photography, 1920s–1940s: Women in Focus (2019–2020), Fragments of Epic Memory (2021-22), and oversaw the Tate Britain’s, Life Between Islands: British-Caribbean Art from 1950s to Now (2023). She has actively participated in bringing works by Black artists into the collection, most notably the Montgomery Collection of Caribbean Photographs, acquired in 2019. Julie has also maintained an active presence outside the AGO. She co-curated Here We Are Here: Black Canadian Contemporary Art at the Royal Ontario Museum in 2018. She is also a founding Board member of Black Artists Network in Dialogue (BAND), where she also curated many exhibitions including, Ears, Eyes, Voices: Black Canadian Photojournalists, 1970s–1990s (2017), and she is a founding member of the Black Curators Forum which launched in 2019 to advocate for and support Black curators working in Canada.

Dr. Kelli Morgan is the recently appointed senior curator at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, MI. Over the last decade, her scholarly commitment to the investigation of anti-blackness within American art and visual culture has demonstrated how traditional art history and museum practice work specifically to uphold white supremacy. Besides her own curatorial experience, she mentors emerging curators and regularly trains staff at various museums to foster best practices in collection management, exhibitions, community engagement, and fundraising. She is a leading and influential voice in furthering museum practice and has previously held curatorial positions at the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, the Birmingham Museum of Art, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

Sally Frater is the daughter of immigrants from the Caribbean. Curatorially she is interested in decolonial praxis, space and place, Black and Caribbean diasporas, photography, art of the everyday, and issues of equity and representation in museological spaces. She has curated solo and group exhibitions for institutions such as the Art Gallery of Ontario, Art Gallery of Guelph, the Ulrich Museum of Art, Glassell School of Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery at the University of Toronto, Project Row Houses, and Centre[3] for Artistic and Social Practice. She is the senior curator/curatorial manager at the Remai Modern in Saskatoon, SK.

To register for upcoming conversations and view recordings of past discussions, visit: Cross-Border Dialogues online >

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