NEW YORK, NY, August 9, 2018— Thelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator of The Studio Museum in Harlem, today announced the appointment of Legacy Russell as Associate Curator, Exhibitions. Russell brings to the Studio Museum extensive, wide-ranging experience in organizing exhibitions and events, writing for diverse audiences from popular to academic, and, most recently, serving as European Gallery Relations Lead at Artsy.
Thelma Golden said, “It’s a great pleasure to welcome Legacy Russell to The Studio Museum in Harlem. She is an exciting emerging curatorial voice, combining keen critical and visual intelligence with broad experience in the cultural sphere and an energetic spirit of public engagement. As we enter our fiftieth anniversary year and prepare to begin construction on our new home, we’re thrilled to have Legacy join us in advancing the mission of the Studio Museum.”
Legacy Russell said, “I am deeply honored to be joining the curatorial team at The Studio Museum in Harlem during a momentous period of growth, collaborating with inspiring colleagues as we turn the page together toward an exciting new chapter in the Museum’s history. I look forward to supporting this important institution as we continue to make space for visual culture and critical cultural dialogue.”
As a writer and curator, Legacy Russell focuses her work on gender, performance, and new media. A graduate of Macalester College with an MRes in Art History from Goldsmiths, University of London, her first book, Glitch Feminism, is forthcoming from Verso. Curated exhibitions and projects include a series of multimedia events exploring digital feminism and celebrating queer nightlife at ICA London in winter 2017, and the critically acclaimed Wandering/WILDING: Blackness on the Internet in collaboration with IMT Gallery and ICA London in winter 2016. She also hosted the 2017 Serpentine Marathon GUEST, GHOST, HOST: MACHINE!
At Artsy, Legacy Russell was responsible for building the company’s global brand and gallery partnerships across the UK and Europe. Russell has also held positions at the Brooklyn Museum, The Bruce High Quality Foundation, Creative Time, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Since 2014, she has worked as visual arts editor for Apogee Journal, and her essays and interviews have been widely published in BOMB, The White Review, Rhizome, Guernica, Berfrois, Screen Shot, and others. Russell has lectured internationally on the intersection of art, the Internet, and feminism at venues including the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich; Rewire Festival 2018; IMPAKT Festival 2017; and the London School of Economics.