Thursday, March 25, 2010 at 11am
Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall
VCU Singleton Center
922 Park Ave. (at Harrison St.)
Hamza Walker was born in 1966 in New York, and currently lives in Chicago, where he is the Director of Education and Associate Curator for the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago – a non collecting museum dedicated to contemporary art. He is also on the faculty of The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. He has written articles and reviews for Parkett, and Artforum, and catalog essays for Darren Almond, Rebecca Morris, Giovanni Anselmo, Thomas Hirschhorn, Moshekwa Langa, and Katharina Grosse among many others. Curatorial projects at the Renaissance Society include “Several Silences” (2009); “Black Is, Black Ain’t” (2008); “Katerina Sedá: It Doesn’t Matter” (2008); “Meanwhile, in Baghdad” (2007); “All the Pretty Corpses” (2005); “A Perfect Union…More or Less (2004)”; and “New Video, New Europe,” (2004), among other projects. Walker currently is on the boards of Noon, a literary annual publishing short fiction, Lampo, a new and experimental-music presenter, and The Chicago Public Art Group. Prior to his work at the Renaissance society, Walker was the Public Art Coordinator for the City of Chicago, Department of Cultural Affairs. In addition, he has served on numerous panels locally and internationally, and is the recipient of the 1999 Norton Curatorial Grant and the 2005 Walter Hopps Award for Curatorial Achievement, among other forms of recognition.