International Lecture Series

Franklin Sirmans

Franklin Sirmans is the Terri and Michael Smooke Department Head and Curator of Contemporary Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. From 2006 to 2010, he was the Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at The Menil Collection in Houston, TX , where he organized ten exhibitions including NeoHooDoo: Art for a Forgotten Faith (2008 – 2009), Maurizio Cattelan: Is There Life Before Death (2010), Steve Wolfe: On Paper (2010), and Vija Celmins: Television and Disaster, 1964 – 66 (2010 – 2011). The latter two traveled to LACMA , where Sirmans has also organized Color and Form and Robert Therrien and co-organized the exhibition Human Nature: Contemporary Art from the Collection. Sirmans was the 2007 recipient of the David C. Driskell Prize awarded by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta. He has written essays for several exhibition catalogues and articles and reviews in publications such as The New York Times, Time Out New York, Essence, Parkett, and Grand Street. He is the artistic director of Prospect.3 New Orleans. Sirmans will touch upon his early work as an independent curator, leading to his work in an institution and in the context of an institutional biennial exhibition, Prospect.3.

2013 International Lecture Series Donor

J.P. Bickell Foundation