Cross-Border Dialogues: Julie Crooks and Kelli Morgan @ AGG Online
Cross-Border Dialogues is a series of conversations with speakers who work in the cultural sector from Canada and the United States, addressing a range of topics, including the philosophies that inform their work, their methods for engagement, and the role of pedagogy and community outreach in their respective practices.
The next discussion in the series, which is organized and moderated by former Art Gallery of Guelph curator Sally Frater, invites Julie Crooks and Kelli Morgan to discuss the critical role of mentorship in their work, and approaches to representation and programming in response to and beyond the histories of the institution.
Presented with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and Guelph Community Foundation Community Fund.
About the presenters
Julie Crooks is head curator of the department of the Arts of Global Africa and the Diaspora at the Art Gallery of Ontario where she curated exhibitions including Fragments of Epic Memory (2021), Mickalene Thomas: Femmes Noires (2018) and Free. Black. North (2017). Prior to joining the AGO in 2017, Julie Crooks curated exhibitions for many organizations including BAND (Black Artists Networks in Dialogue) and the Royal Ontario Museum’s Of Africa project. She holds a PhD from the Department of History of Art and Archaeology at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London and is an instructor in the Art History program at York University.
Dr. Kelli Morgan
Dr. Kelli Morgan is the recently appointed senior curator at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, MI. Over the last decade, her scholarly commitment to the investigation of anti-blackness within American art and visual culture has demonstrated how traditional art history and museum practice work specifically to uphold white supremacy. Besides her own curatorial experience, she mentors emerging curators and regularly trains staff at various museums to foster best practices in collection management, exhibitions, community engagement, and fundraising. She is a leading and influential voice in furthering museum practice and has previously held curatorial positions at the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, the Birmingham Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
Sally Frater is the daughter of immigrants from the Caribbean. Curatorially she is interested in decolonial praxis, space and place, Black and Caribbean diasporas, photography, art of the everyday, and issues of equity and representation in museological spaces. She has curated solo and group exhibitions for institutions such as the Art Gallery of Ontario, Art Gallery of Guelph, the Ulrich Museum of Art, Glassell School of Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery at the University of Toronto, Project Row Houses, and Centre for Artistic and Social Practice. She is the senior curator/curatorial manager at the Remai Modern in Saskatoon, SK.