“It’s Time”: Conversation moderated by Larry Ossei-Mensah

Join curator Larry Ossei-Mensah in dialogue with Kwame S. Brathwaite, son of the photographer Kwame Brathwaite and Director of The Kwame Brathwaite Archive with artists Kwesi Botchway, Genevieve Gaignard and Paul Mpagi Sepuya on the occasion of the group exhibition “It’s Time” currently on view.

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Larry Ossei-Mensah uses art as a forum to redefine how we see ourselves and the world around us. The Ghanaian-American curator, cultural critic, and angel investor has organized exhibitions and programs at commercial and nonprofit spaces featuring artists such as Firelei Baez, Steve McQueen, Catherine Opie, Nick Cave, Guadalupe Maravilla, Rodney McMillan, Genevieve Gaignard , Judy Chicago, Stanley Whitney, to name a few. He has also collaborated on several Web3-related projects with creatives such as Derrick Adams x Jay-Z, Marco Brambilla, and Mikael Owunna. The global venues Ossei-Mensah has collaborated with on exhibitions include such spaces as The MCA Denver, Ben Brown Fine Arts in Hong Kong & London, MASS MoCA, and the 7th Athen Biennale in Athens, Greece, which he co-curated with OSMK Social Club.

Ossei-Mensah is also the former Susanne Feld Hilberry Senior Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCAD), Detroit. Currently, he serves as Curator-at-Large at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). Ossei-Mensah also curated Ghanaian painter Amoako Boafo’s first museum solo exhibition, Soul of Black Folks, at the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) in 2021, San Francisco, and the Contemporary Art Museum Houston in 2022. Upcoming iterations of the show will be on view at the Seattle Art Museum and Denver Art Museum during the later part of 2023.

A native of The Bronx, Ossei-Mensah co-founded ARTNOIR, a nonprofit whose mission is to drive racial equity in the art world by centering creatives, curators, collectors, and communities of color. Via ARTNOIR, he has worked with brands like UBS, Twitter, Coca-Cola, 1stDibs, and Mailchimp on projects that operated at the intersection of art and culture. Ossei-Mensah has been profiled in publications, including the New York Times, Artsy, WWD, Frieze, Dazed, Robb Report, The Financial Times, and Cultured Magazine. He has also moderated/spoken on panels at Art Basel Miami Beach, The Earn Your Leisure Podcast, and The Fog Art Fair, to name a few. You can follow Ossei-Mensah at @larryosseimensah (Instagram) and @youngglobal on Twitter.

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