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2013 Panelists (Moderated by Ludlow Bailey)


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Dr. Lowery Stokes Sims is Curator at the Museum of Arts and Design. From 2000-2007 Sims was Executive Director then President of The Studio Museum in Harlem and served as Adjunct Curator for the Permanent Collection. Sims was on the education and curatorial staff of The Metropolitan Museum of Art from 1972-1999. A specialist in modern and contemporary art she is known for her particular expertise in the work of African, Latino, Native and Asian American artists. She has published extensively and her research on the work of the Afro-Cuban Chinese Surrealist artist Wifredo Lam was published by the University of Texas Press in 2002. In 1997 she organized a survey of the work of Richard Pousette-Dart at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Sims has lectured nationally and internationally and guest curated numerous exhibitions most recently at the National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston, Jamaica (2004), The Cleveland Museum of Art and the New York Historical Society (2006).

Julie Walker is a journalist and cultural critic. She is covering Art Basel for The Root www.theroot.com, which is part of the Washington Post online. Julie has a BA in Art History/Political Science from Wellesley College. She also studied art in Rome through the Rhode Island School of Design and Paris through the Sorbonne.

James Bartlett is Executive Director of the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA), in Brooklyn, New York. Throughout Mr. Bartlett’s diverse career in media and the arts, he has developed new models for creative development that take into account the changing landscape of modern business, media, and technology. In 2006, Mr. Bartlett co-founded MVMT, a business cooperative supporting progressive companies that serve artists and arts organizations through marketing, design, media production, and consulting. Additionally, Mr. Bartlett co-founded, Media MVMT, a film production house whose first feature film, An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.

Bayunga Nsimba Kialeuka was born in Kinshasa, (The Congo) and immigrated to the United States with his family at the age of six. He grew up in Miami, where he studied fine arts at the New World School of The Arts. He is currently based in his hometown of Kinshasa, but regularly travels to South Florida producing art exhibitions in Miami. Mr. Kialeuka is the curator of a show entitled “Project 8” that will premiere during Art Basel 2013. He is a partner and founding member of Art Africa Miami Arts Fair.

Joy Ann Reid is the Managing Editor of the grio.com and a political commentator for MSNBC. Ms. Reid is a graduate of Harvard where she majored in Visual Arts with a concentration in documentary film. Ms Reid is an avid collector of contemporary African Diaspora Art.

Michael Chisolm is an art historian and fine art appraiser based in New York. He is one of the world’s leading appraisers of African American and Haitian Fine Art. He holds a BA in art history from Rutgers University and Masters from Hunter College.

Roger Tucker is an art dealer/advisor, fine art photographer, educator, collector, curator and advocate for African American, emerging and young artists. He is the owner of Tucker Contemporary Art based in the New York/New Jersey area. Roger holds an Art Business Certificate from New York University, Master’s of Science, and Communications from Pratt Institute and Bachelor of Fine Arts from The Cooper Union.

Christopher Cozier is a contemporary artist and writer based in Trinidad. He holds a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and an MFA from Rutgers University. His work has been widely exhibited internationally, including at the Havana Biennale, the Bag Factory in Johannesburg, TENT in Rotterdam, CCA7 in Port of Spain, the Museum of the Americas in Washington, DC, the Art Foundry in Barbados, “Nouveau Monde/mondes nouveaux” in Montreal, the Art Centre of the City of Copenhagen, and A Space in Toronto. He sits on the editorial board of Small Axe, A Caribbean Journal of Criticism, and is an editorial advisor for BOMBmagazine.