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The Delaware Contemporary appoints Tiffany Barber as the 2021-2023 curator-in-residence

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Assistant Professor of Africana Studies and Art History Tiffany Barber.​

​The curator-in-residence program was developed in 2019 to broaden the museum’s dynamic exhibition program and vision for the curatorial department by bringing experienced curators and scholars to join the professional team. Each resident works in an ongoing capacity to fulfill the museum’s mission and grow the presentation of contemporary art in our region. As a vital member of the professional team, residents help establish new regional and local partnerships to increase the scope of our exhibition program through innovative exhibitions and engaging projects. Working collaboratively with TDC’s engagement team of staff curators and educators, the curator-in-residence will spend the next two years developing a thought-provoking schedule of exhibitions with a focus on artists of color. 

Tiffany E. Barber is a scholar, curator and critic of 20th- and 21st-century visual, new media and performance art. Her work, which spans abstraction, Afrofuturism, dance, fashion, feminism and the ethics of representation and aesthetic criticism, focuses on artists of the Black diaspora working in the United States and the broader Atlantic world. She is assistant professor of Africana Studies and Art History at the University of Delaware. She has completed fellowships at ArtTable, the Delaware Art Museum and the University of Virginia’s Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies. During the 2021-2022 academic year, Barber will be a postdoctoral fellow at the Getty Research Institute. 

Barber’s first project is to curate the Platform Gallery, TDC’s public art program on the exterior of our Riverfront Wilmington facility. The Platform Gallery features the work of internationally recognized artists who have designed work to fit a billboard scale. Barber has selected Los Angeles-based, South African-born, painter Simphiwe Ndzube to fill her first program. Ndzube constructs imaginary universes that address issues of identity and history, power and political struggle, and globalization and freedom. He draws from the twin realities of racial segregation and political unrest—ongoing consequences of colonialism in South Africa— that have affected his people since the 1940s.

“I am searching for an understanding of existence, of why we’re here… these figures that I create, traversing through these spaces, [are] looking for meaning, looking for love, liberation, and freedom.” – Simphiwe Ndzube 

Barber will also curate an exhibition for TDC's summer 2022 exhibition season, Play. "The works I've chosen for Play spotlight how artists of African descent use humor, irreverence and innovation to make sense of our rapidly changing world. All of the artists represent the cutting edge of contemporary art, working across such mediums as animation, virtual reality, abstraction, and figurative painting, among others.

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