Researchers at work in the Division of Negro Literature, History and Prints at the 135th Street library in 1938. (Photo: The New York Public Library, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Photographs and Prints Division)

Miriam’s Open Call for Black Curators gives two emerging curators and thinkers the resources and support to realize a six week long exhibition at Miriam in 2021. 

Curatorial gatekeeping is a way that institutions hold monopolies over the dominant narratives of art history. In acknowledging this as one of the many inequalities that persist in the art industry, Miriam strives to shift the culture by establishing a meaningfully inclusive curatorial agenda that reflects the populations we support. 

All applications will be judged based on thoroughness of concept, potential to execute, and alignment with Miriam’s mission. We encourage applicants to consider the context of our space as one for collaboration, contemplation and play; special consideration will go toward applications that consider site-specificity (geographically or architecturally) and the exhibition’s ability to interact with our artist book space.

Selected candidates can expect the following: 

-An honorarium of $800 + 10% sales  

-A six-week long single-room or full gallery exhibition at Miriam in 2021, fully supported in research and execution by Miriam’s staff

-Ongoing collaboration and support in exhibition research and realization

-A featured curator talk, discussion, or walkthrough 

-The option to curate other public program(s) in connection with their exhibition

-A production budget for the exhibition

-Full marketing and PR efforts to promote the exhibition

-Professional installation images of the exhibition

Information required for submission:

-A brief summary of the proposed exhibition / Curatorial statement

-A detailed description of concept that considers how this exhibition serves as a reflection or indication of this cultural moment

-Curator bio, CV and education history

-A plan for research and execution of the exhibition: where/how will research take place, what will it require for this show to come to life

-A PDF  showing artworks that relate to the proposed exhibition, and may be included in the show or help to convey the idea

-A PDF showing reference images that depict relevant research; historical references, inspiration images, digital mock-ups or drawings of the space, etc. 

-A budget proposal for exhibition-related costs

-Work samples of past projects, can be submitted via URL links or PDF


-This opportunity is open to creatives with all levels of education and curatorial experience, and is not open to people currently enrolled in a degree program

Apply by October 16, 2020