Vivian Crockett

Vivian Crockett is a Brazilian-American scholar and curator focusing largely on modern and contemporary art of African diasporas, Latinx diasporas, and the Americas at the varied intersections of race, gender, and queer theory. She is a PhD candidate in art history at Columbia University whose dissertation examines artistic practices and discourses in Brazil in the sixties and seventies.

Crockett has previously worked at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art as a research associate in the museum’s Painting and Sculpture department and had been working independently with various institutions since 2015. She has published texts for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Studio Museum in Harlem, Leslie-Lohman Museum and MASP (Museu de Arte de São Paulo), among others.

Crockett was the 2017–18 Mellon Museum Research Consortium Fellow in Media and Performance Art at the Museum of Modern Art, New York and a Joan Tisch Teaching Fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art from 2018 to early 2020. She serves on the Graduate Committee of Bard’s Center for Curatorial Studies and the Artist Advisory Committee of Recess, NY. Previously, she was the Nancy and Tim Hanley Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the Dallas Museum of Art. She is currently Curator of Contemporary Art at the New Museum.