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Dia Art Foundation Appoints Yasmil Raymond Curator

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May 2009

Yasmil Raymond has been appointed curator, effective September 2009, at the Dia Art Foundation. She is currently associate curator, visual arts, at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.

Raymond succeeds Lynne Cooke, curator from 1991 to 2009, who now serves in an honorary capacity as Dia’s curator at large. Since Summer 2008, Cooke has been deputy director and chief curator at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid.

In her new role, Raymond will organize exhibitions and public programs, including lectures, screenings, and performances. These are presented at Dia:Beacon, located in the Hudson Valley region of New York State, as well as at The Hispanic Society of America, in New York City, where Dia presents exhibitions through a multi-year partnership between the two organizations; and at the Dan Flavin Art Institute, on Long Island. She will also work with Philippe Vergne, director of Dia Art Foundation and Dia’s staff and board on the development of a long-range plan for Dia.


Raymond has worked at the Walker Art Center since 2004, beginning as a curatorial fellow for diversity in the arts, and moving on to assistant curator and then associate curator, visual arts.

At the Walker, she has organized an exhibition of work by Tomás Saraceno, opening May 14, 2009, and is additionally curator of Abstract Resistance. Opening in February 2010, the latter will bring together works by now-legendary figures with a younger generation of artists to consider the metaphor of “resistance” as a complex formal and political force.

Highlights among previous projects include: Statements: Joseph Beuys, Dan Flavin, Donald Judd (curator, 2008–09); Tino Sehgal, (curator, 2007–08); Brave New Worlds (co-curator with Doryun Chong, 2008); the award-winning Kara Walker: My Complement, My Enemy, My Oppressor, My Love (in collaboration with Philippe Vergne, 2007); and Andy Warhol/Supernova: Stars, Deaths, and Disasters, 1962–64 (assistant curator, with Douglas Fogle, 2005).

Prior to joining the Walker, Raymond held various research and programming positions, including serving as a research intern at the Gallery 400 at the University of Illinois and at the Renaissance Society of the University of Chicago, and as coordinator of public programs at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. She has published articles and catalogue essays, lectured widely, and served as guest critic on numerous occasions.

In 2004, Raymond received the Monique Beudert Curatorial Award, given by the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, among other honors.

Yasmil Raymond received her B.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1999) and her M.A. from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College (2004), Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.
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