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For this first iteration of the Visiting Curator Series, Flux Projects is pleased to collaborate with BURNAWAY’s Art Writers Mentorship Program to co-host Lauren Haynes’s trip to Atlanta and her lecture at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center.

The Flux Projects Visiting Curator Series invites esteemed national and international curators to conduct studio visits with Atlanta-based artists. The goal for the program is to generate exposure and opportunity for area artists and cultivate broader recognition for Atlanta’s vibrant and innovate arts community.

Haynes will speak about her work at the Studio Museum in Harlem and discuss her transition from New York City to Bentonville. She will also address how her approach to curating has changed since the move. What does it mean to curate contemporary art away from a major art center? What does it mean to go from a mission-specific institution to a museum with a collection spanning from the colonial period to today?


Lauren Haynes is Curator, Contemporary Art at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. Prior to joining Crystal Bridges in October 2016, Haynes spent nearly a decade at The Studio Museum in Harlem where she was, most recently the Associate Curator for the permanent collection. As a specialist in African-American modern and contemporary art, Haynes curated dozens of exhibitions at the Studio Museum and contemporary art institutions in New York. At the Studio Museum, Haynes oversaw the care and collection of the permanent collection as well as acquisitions, exhibitions and their Art-in-Residence program. She is a member of the Association of Art Museum Curators and serves on the Nomination and Governance Committee. Haynes is a recipient of a 2016 Gold Rush Award from Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation.

Many thanks to Atlanta Contemporary for hosting Haynes’s public talk.

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