Valerie Oliver

Title: Senior Curator

Artist Affiliation: Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

Valerie Cassel Oliver, Senior Curator at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, has organized numerous exhibitions including Double Consciousness: Black Conceptual Art Since 1970 (2005), Black Light/White Noise (2007), Cinema Remixed and Reloaded: Black Women Artists and the Moving Image Since 1970 with Dr. Andrea Barnwell Brownlee, (2008) and more recently, Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art (2012), a comprehensive survey of performance art by black visual artists.

In addition to these exhibitions, Cassel Oliver also organized major surveys including, Benjamin Patterson: Born in the State of FLUX/us (2010); Donald Moffett: The Extravagant Vein (2011); Jennie C. Jones: Compilation (2015) and most recently, Angel Otero: Everything and Nothing (2016).  A forthcoming survey exhibition on the work of Annabeth Rosen entitled, Fired, Broken, Gathered, Heaped is scheduled to open at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, August, 2017.  

Cassel Oliver was the 2011 recipient of The David C. Driskell Prize.  She was also the recipient of a Getty Research Institute fellowship (2007) and was selected for the Center for Curatorial Leadership program in 2009.  In 2016, she was named the Carol and Arthur Goldberg Foundation To-Life Visiting Curator at Hunter College in New York and is currently, a Senior Fellow in the Institute for Curatorial Research and Practice at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Cassel Oliver is a native Houstonian. She is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin where she received her B.S. and of Howard University in Washington, D.C., where she received an MA in Art History. She also holds an Executive MBA from Columbia University in New York. 

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