Karen Archey Joins Stedelijk Museum as Curator of Contemporary Art for Time-Based Media

The Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam announced today that Karen Archey, an editor at e-flux, was appointed its new curator of contemporary art for time-based media. Archey will be responsible for strengthening the Stedelijk’s presentation and holdings of time-based media, including digital media, performance, dance, and sound art, and will curate the first solo exhibition of artist Stefan Tcherepnin hosted by the museum, which is scheduled to open this fall.

“Karen Archey not only has extensive international experience as a curator, writer, and lecturer on new media and performance art, but also a personal view of the meaning of contemporary art in society and in the museum,” Bart van der Heide, head of curators and research said. “With Archey we welcome an internationally renowned and inspiring curator to our team; a new voice.”

The American curator and art critic, formerly based in Berlin and New York, has served as an editor for e-flux since she joined the organization in 2014. During her tenure there, she founded the participatory web publishing platform e-flux conversations. Archey is a 2016 Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant recipient for short-form writing, and she frequently tackles issues relating to society and the individual, such as feminism, identity, and technology, in her work.

Archey recently curated “Sharing Love” (2016), the monographic exhibition of media artist Ann Hirsch at the Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art in Portland, and organized readings of the satirical feminist dictionary Women Inc. Lexicon at Artists Space New York and ICA London. She also cocurated the survey exhibition “Art Post-Internet” (2014) at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing. Previously, she worked as a curator in residence at Abrons Arts Center and the editor at large of Rhizome at the New Museum.