Dexter Wimberly. Photo: Akintola Hanif.

Dexter Wimberly Appointed Executive Director of the Aljira Center for Contemporary Art in Newark

Dexter Wimberly, the former director of New York’s Independent Curators International, has been appointed the executive director of the Aljira Center for Contemporary Art in Newark, New Jersey.

Wimberly, who was also the communications director for the Museum for African Art in New York and a cofounder of the public relations firm August Bishop, begins his new post on October 15, 2016. Victor L. Dawson, the founding director of Aljira, said, “I admire the way in which Dexter serves artists and applies his entrepreneurial experience to the careers of artists. His knowledge and experience will certainly usher Aljira into a new tomorrow with insightful additions to Newark’s arts community and the region.”

Wimberly has curated a number of exhibitions throughout the US, including “The Gentrification of Brooklyn: The Pink Elephant Speaks” (2010), at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts in New York, and “The Ease of Fiction” (2016), at the Contemporary Arty Museum in Raleigh, which featured work by Meleko Mokgosi, Duhirwe Rushemeza, Ruby Onyinyechi Amanze, and Sherin Guirguis.