Thelma Golden

Director of the Studio Museum in Harlem

The director and chief curator of New York’s Studio Museum in Harlem has over the past ten years not only managed to turn the museum into a destination institution, staging high-profile exhibitions that explore where race, gender and aesthetics meet; she has managed to position these exhibitions as a spark for US-wide public debate. In addition to sitting on the board of the Obama Foundation, helping to oversee preservation of the White House and the creation of the Obama Presidential Library in Chicago, this year she won the Audrey Irmas Award for Curatorial Excellence from CCS Bard and joined the board of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She made a brief public appearance in London, in discussion with her husband, designer Duro Olowu, who curated an exhibition based around textiles and pattern at Camden Arts Centre earlier this year; perhaps we’ll see more of her internationally in the near future.