Wassan Al-Khudhairi Leaving Birmingham Museum for St. Louis CAM

Wassan Al-Khudhairi
Wassan Al-Khudhairi has just been appointed chief curator at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.

Just as her major exhibition “Third Space: Shifting Conversations About Contemporary Art” has opened to positive reviews [read our review here], Birmingham Museum of Art modern and contemporary curator Wassan Al-Khudhairi has been snapped up by the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis to be its new chief curator, effective August 1. She has been with BMA since 2014.
Al-Khudhairi steps into the role recently vacated by Jeffrey Uslip following the controversy over Kelley Walker’s racially charged exhibition and artist talk.
CAM director Lisa Melandri says that Al-Khudhairi “has extraordinary breadth of experience and global knowledge of the contemporary art world, which is seamlessly balanced with her attention to local and regional communities and audiences.
Al-Khudhairi also is serving as a guest curator for the 2017 Asian Art Biennial, taking place this fall in Taiwan.
Born in Kuwait to Iraqi parents, Al-Khudhairi has lived in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, England, California, Georgia, Egypt, Qatar, Korea, Atlanta, and Birmingham, Alabama. Previously she worked as co-artistic director of the 2012 Gwangju Biennale in South Korea and founding director of Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Qatar. She has also held positions at the Brooklyn Museum, British Museum, and the High Museum of Modern Art.
Al-Khudhairi studied at the Getty Leadership Institute at Claremont Graduate University in 2011. She received her BA in art history from Georgia State University and an MA in Islamic Art and Archaeology at the University of London.

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