Director and chief curator of the Studio Museum in Harlem, Thelma Golden, is the recipient of the 2016 Audrey Irmas Award for Curatorial Excellence. Along with a prize of $25,000, Golden will be presented with an award that has been designed by artist Lawrence Weiner, based on his 2006 commission Bard Enter, which was conceived for the entrance to the Hessel Museum of Art at CCS Bard.
Thelma Golden has worked with the Studio Museum in Harlem for 11 years. She has organised exhibitions including Chris Ofili: Afro Muses 1995-2005; Black Romantic: The Figurative Impulse in Contemporary Art; Freestyle; Frequency; Glenn Ligon: Stranger; and Gordon Parks: A Harlem Family 1967.
Previously, Golden worked at the Whitney Museum, from 1988 to1998 during which time she was a member of the curatorial team for the 1993 Biennial, and organised numerous exhibitions including 1994’s Black Male: Representations of Masculinity in American Art.
3 March 2016.