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Lauren Schell Dickens. Photo: Gary Sexton Photography.

San José Museum of Art Promotes Lauren Schell Dickens to Senior Curator

The San José Museum of Art in California has promoted Lauren Schell Dickens to senior curator. Dickens has been a member of the museum’s staff since 2016. During her tenure at the institution, she curated solo exhibitions such as “Undersoul: Jay DeFeo” (2019) and “Diana Al-Hadid: Liquid City” (2017) and co-organized the first major midcareer survey of Rina Banerjee, which is currently on view, with Jodi Throckmorton of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. She also spearheaded the acquisition of works by Ian Cheng and Hito Steyerl, among others, and is cofounder of the junior patron group Contemporary Curator’s Circle.

Prior to working at the museum, Dickens was a curatorial consultant at the National Gallery of Art, where she worked on the exhibition and online catalogue for “The Serial Impulse: Gemini G.E.L.” (2015–16), and was assistant curator of contemporary art at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, where she organized “Question Bridge: Black Males” (2013) and worked on projects and performances with various artists including iona rozeal brown, Andrea Fraser, and Ellen Harvey. Previously, Dickens worked in the curatorial departments at the Jewish Museum, New York; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; and the Dallas Museum of Art.

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