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In Conversation | Valerie Cassel Oliver

Join Valerie Cassel Oliver, the Sydney and Frances Lewis Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the former Senior Curator at CAMH, for a discussion about the exhibition The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse.

Ticket Information

RSVPs via Eventbrite are required for this event as space is limited. Advance tickets will be made available for CAMH Members on Monday, October 25 at 12PM. Click here to find out more about CAMH Membership.

All remaining tickets will be available on Monday, November 1 at 12PM. For those unable to obtain a ticket, documentation of the program will later be published to CAMH’s YouTube channel.

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Safety and Accessibility

Please review CAMH’s safety protocols here. Seating will be socially distanced and masks are required throughout the event. If there are questions or concerns regarding safety or accessibility, please contact ytorres@camh.org.

About Valerie Cassel Oliver

Valerie Cassel Oliver is the Sydney and Frances Lewis Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Prior to this, she served as Senior Curator at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston from 2000 to 2017.

Cassel Oliver has organized numerous exhibitions including the acclaimed Double Consciousness: Black Conceptual Art Since 1970 (2005) and Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art (2012). She has also mounted significant surveys for Benjamin Patterson, Donald Moffett, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Jennie C. Jones, Angel Otero and Annabeth Rosen. In 2018, she co-organized the 50-year survey, Howardena Pindell: What Remains to be Seen, with Naomi Beckwith. The exhibition was named one of the most influential of the decade.

Most recently, she organized the acclaimed survey, The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture and the Sonic Impulse for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Cassel Oliver is the recipient of a Getty Curatorial Research Fellowship, a fellowship from the Center of Curatorial Leadership, the David C. Driskell Award, the Arthur and Carol Kaufman Goldberg Foundation-to-Life Fellowship, and the James A. Porter Book Award. From 2016 to 2017, she was Senior Fellow in Curatorial Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Senior Fellow for Viewpoints at the University of Texas at Austin in 2020.

Cassel Oliver holds an Executive MBA from Columbia University, an M.A. in art history from Howard University, and a B.S. in communications from the University of Texas at Austin.