Meet The First Full Time African American Curator at the Guggenheim Museum

Ashley James closed out her stent at the Brooklyn Museum Of Art to assume her newly historic appointed position as Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the renowned Guggenheim Museum.

(Photograph by: Sam Vernon, via instagram @ohashuhlee)

James started her career as a Mellon Curatorial Fellow in the Museum of Modern Art, drawings and prints department. She also gained experience at Studio Museum in Harlem and Yale University Art Gallery. This spring James will receive her PHD in English Literature, African-American Studies, and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies from Yale University.


The appointment comes to no surprise to the contemporary art community, who has been buzzing about the relationship and recent controversy between Guggenheim and guest curator and art historian Chaédria LaBouvier.


Guggenheim is the next great step in James’ career, affording her the ability to use the skills she honed at the Brooklyn Museum of Art to leverage a new fresh perspective. Her extensive knowledge of contemporary art will add amazing value to the already established museum. James brings an inclusive perspective to the art world in an era where more younger and influential buyers are acquiring contemporary works of art.


Written by: Dondre Scott

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