Yesomi Umolu

13 Jul 2018


Yesomi Umolu, photo courtesy of the artist.

Yesomi Umolu is artistic director of the 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial and exhibitions curator at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago. She directs a program of international contemporary art in the Logan Center Gallery; holds the position of lecturer in the Humanities Division; and contributes to a number of strategic committees that drive the development of contemporary art, architecture and urbanism on campus. Umolu is a 2016 recipient of a curatorial fellowship from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Recent curatorial projects include Cinthia Marcelle and Tiago Mata Machado: Divine Violence (2017), Kapwani Kiwanga: The sum and its parts (2017), and So-called Utopias (2015). Prior to joining the Logan, Umolu held curatorial positions at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and Manifesta 8 – the European Biennial of Contemporary Art. She currently serves on the curatorial advisory board for the US Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, commissioned by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Chicago. In 2018, Umolu served as a Center LOI panelist in Exhibitions & Public Interpretation.