Darienne Turner Named Brooklyn Museum’s First Full-Time Curator of Indigenous Artwork

The Brooklyn Museum has introduced Darienne “Dare” Turner as its inaugural full-time curator of Indigenous artwork. Turner, who’s at the moment an affiliate curator of Indigenous artwork on the Baltimore Museum of Artwork will take up her put up on the New York establishment in August. In her new function, Turner will probably be tasked with curating canon-broadening exhibitions, and with increasing the museum’s assortment of Indigenous artwork. Lots of the greater than 13,600 works held by the museum have been  was made by peoples together with Hopi, Kwakwaka’wakw, Miaidu, Osage, Pomo, and Zuni.

“The Brooklyn Museum is dedicated to addressing the exclusion and erasure of Indigenous peoples,” mentioned Brooklyn Museum director Anne Pasternak. “Drawing on her appreciable experience, Turner will assist us suppose critically about our engagement with Indigenous communities and our necessary assortment of Indigenous artwork.”

Turner, an enrolled member of the Yurok Tribe of California, joined the BMA in 2017, changing into the primary Native particular person to carry a curatorial function there. Previous to arriving on the Baltimore establishment, she taught graphic design on the Maryland Institute Faculty of the Arts. She holds a bachelor’s diploma in comparative literature from Stanford College and a grasp’s in ornamental arts, design historical past, and materials tradition from the Bard Graduate Middle. Her essay “Terrestrial Gateways to the Divine” appeared within the catalogue for the Bard Graduate Middle exhibition “Brokers of Religion: Votive Objects in Time and Place” (2018–19); the New York Instances named the amount one in every of 2018’s greatest artwork books.

“The Brooklyn Museum’s assortment is just exceptional, and I’m thrilled to work alongside sensible colleagues and Native neighborhood members to share it with the general public,” Turner mentioned. “The chance to re-present a historic assortment at an establishment devoted to rethinking illustration was one I couldn’t move up. The artworks within the museum’s care provide the keys to understanding who we’re as residing Native communities, they usually spotlight the methods by which Native individuals have thrived on this continent since time immemorial.”