Diverse Discourse Lecture and Studio Visit Series

Diverse Discourse brings national curators, artistic directors, and critics to Houston to present a free public lecture and conduct studio visits with  Houston-area artists, performers, and writers. Diverse Discourse provides a significant opportunity for area artists in all disciplines to have their work reviewed by a variety of distinguished arts professionals, fostering a cultural exchange across the nation between artists and cultural producers.


March 20, 2024
Alex Klein, Head Curator and Director of Curatorial Affairs at The Contemporary Austin 
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Past Lecturers

Naomi Beckwith, Marilyn and Larry Fields Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Amanda Cachia, Independent Curator & Critic

Dan Byers, The Richard Armstrong Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Carnegie Museum of Art

Xandra Eden, Executive Director & Chief Curator, DiverseWorks (former Curator of Exhibitions, Weatherspoon Art Museum)

Sonia Guiñansaca, Managing Director, Culturestrike

Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy, Curator of Contemporary Art, Coleccíon Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, New York, NY and Caracas, Venezuela

Candice Hopkins, Independent Curator & Writer; Senior Curator, Toronto Biennial of Art

Kemi Ilesanmi, Executive Director, The Laundromat Project, New York, NY

Drew Klein, Performing Arts Director, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati

Claudia La Rocco,  poet, critic, and performer, San Francisco

Thomas Lax, Associate Curator, Department of Media and Performance Art, Museum of Modern Art, New York

Christopher Y. Lew, Nancy and Fred Poses Associate Curator, Whitney Museum of American Art and 2017 Whitney Biennial Co-Curator

Daniela Lieja Quintanar, Chief Curator and Deputy Director, Programs at REDCAT

Shea Little, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Big Medium, Austin

Mia Locks, Independent Curator and 2017 Whitney Biennial Co-Curator

Adriel Luis, Curator of Digital and Emerging Practice, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center

Hesse McGraw, Vice President for Education and Public Programs
San Francisco Art Institute

Angela Mattox, Artistic Director, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA)

Christopher K. Morgan, Executive Artistic Director, Dance Place, Washington, D.C.

Diana Nawi, Associate Curator, Pérez Art Museum, Miami

Larry Ossei-Mensah, Curator-at-Large, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) and Co-Founder of ARTNOIR

Chris Sharp, Independent Curator, Writer, and Critic, Mexico City

Astria Suparak, Independent Curator

Stacy Switzer, Artistic Director, Grand Arts, Kansas City, MO

Dominic Willsdon, Leanne and George Roberts Curator of Education, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art