Thelma Golden

Director of the Studio Museum in Harlem

The Studio Museum in Harlem celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2018. Golden, who returned to the institution in 2000 (after starting her career there in 1987), is now overseeing the building of a new home designed by David Adjaye, with ground due to be broken on the site of the museum’s longtime headquarters next year (the museum is due to reopen in 2021). As one of the curators who has helped define what she and Glenn Ligon called ‘post-black’ art, in an era that continuously and tragically asserts the fact that race is still not a ‘post’ issue, Golden has been at the forefront of African-American art for three decades. While committed to Harlem, she continues to shape museum policy and curatorial approaches in advisory roles at LACMA, the Obama Foundation (she’s helping to plan the presidential library) and New York’s Committee on Cultural Affairs.