In June 2006, Franklin Sirmans was appointed Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Menil Collection and begins the post in mid August. Previous to the appointment Sirmans had been an independent curator, writer, editor and lecturer based in New York City, NY. A former U.S. Editor of Flash Art he has written for numerous publications. Among other exhibitions he was co-curator of Basquiat (2005-2006: Brooklyn Museum, Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston); Make It Now: New Sculpture in New York at Sculpture Center, NY; and One Planet Under A Groove: Contemporary Art and Hip Hop (2001-2003: Bronx Museum of Art, Spelman College Art Gallery, Atlanta, the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis and Villa Stuck, Munich, Germany). He contributed to catalogues for exhibitions such as Freestyle and Black Belt at The Studio Museum in Harlem, and contributed to Gary Simmons at the MCA, Chicago and Double Consciousness: Black Conceptual Art Since 1970 (Contemporary Art Museum, Houston). He has written monographs on artists such as Edgar Arceneaux, Monika Bravo, Iona Brown, Mia Enell, Manuel Esnoz, Charles Gaines, Kojo Griffin, Dario Robleto, and Kehinde Wiley.
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