Kimberly Drew; Super Cool Curator
I gotta tell you all about a woman who's doing great things in the art scene.
Kimberely Drew (aka "Museum Mammy") is a curator and social media guru at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. In 2011, she started a blog, through which she showcases the work of current Black artists, called, aptly, Black Contemporary Art.
The popularity of the blog led to speaking engagements, curatorial gigs, and essays in Glamour and Lenny Letter. Last summer, she spoke at both the Museum of Contemporary Art and Art Institute of Chicago about her work as a “digital curator.” See videos of those brilliant conversations here and here. She’s really intentional about the images she chooses to share on social media on behalf of the Met.
”In all her work, Drew sees the links between social media and classic literature and art.“ - Vogue, 2018
In this post from Sunday, she featured a Syrian “pierced globe” in honor of the Golden Globes. Clever, no?
She’s likes how social media makes art more democratic— anybody can access it and appreciate it. And she’s especially interested in using her platform to further the work of Black artists. As an art history student at Smith College, Drew felt there was a lack of scholarship on this topic (she has since discovered the work of Kellie Jones and Sharon Patton). She started her blog as a personal effort to correct for that.
“I’m always really adamant about taking the research of Black artists very seriously. Communicating to people that this is an entire discourse, there are so many different mediums to which people work, there are so many different histories to consider. That’s why I built my blog the way that I did, to show a plethora of ideas that are being explored from a Black perspective. That’s what will keep the discourse successful for generations to come—an awareness of being part of a community.” -Coveteur, 2017
If you follow her personal account (@museummammy), you'll most likely notice her super rad style.
Couple tips on Drew’s intentional fashion choices:
She wears “locs” as a political statement.
She loves the designer Doru Olowu.
She patronizes Black-run beauty companies, like Fashion Fair Cosmetics.
Drew was recently (like, yesterday) featured in Vogue, in a fun piece about her sleep habits and bedtime rountines. It’s refreshing that, at 27, she admits she’s still figuring things out.
Her latest side projects include Black Art Incubator, a variation on the concept of the traditional artist residency, that seeks to support and promote Black art-makers, and The Black Futures Project, a project that “promotes Black creativity” (more info forthcoming on BFP website).
Can’t wait to see what else she’s got in store!