A. Will Brown is a Curator and Writer currently working in Chicago.
A. Will Brown is a Chicago-based writer and independent curator of contemporary art. Brown’s curatorial work includes organizing exhibitions, screenings, events, performances, as well as teaching and lecturing at the graduate and undergraduate level. Most recently he was Assistant Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art (moCa) Cleveland where he curated solo exhibitions that include Sondra Perry: A Terrible Thing and Aleksandra Domanović.: Untitled (In My Feelings). Additional work at moCa Cleveland includes projects such as Front International and solo and group exhibitions featuring work by artists Yael Bartana, Liz Magic Laser, Young Hae Chang Heavy Industries, Jeremy Deller, Lin Ke, Camel Collective, Anthony Discenza, Simon Denny, C. Spencer Yeh, Harun Farocki, Jibade-Khalil Huffman, Tony Cokes, Dara Birnbaum, Sky Hopinka, Simone Forti, and Lu Yang.
Prior to his time at moCa Cleveland he organized and curated projects at a range of institutions. He curated a large group exhibition from the collections of KADIST—San Francisco and Paris—titled Cinematic Moments at the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco. Brown co-founded and co-curated the first iteration of Monument Lab: Creative Speculations for Philadelphia with Paul M. Farber and Ken Lum, which featured work by Terry Adkins. His work at the RISD Museum included a series of new-media and moving-image-based exhibitions such as Steffani Jemison: Maniac Chase, Escaped Lunatic, and Personal, Aslı Çavuoǧlu: In Diverse Estimations Little Moscow, and UuDam Tran Nguyen: Waltz of the Machine Equestrians. Also, while at the RISD Museum Brown worked closely with the Raqs Media Collective on an exhibition and series of programs during their time in residency at the museum called Myriad Marginalia. Additionally, he created a series of Internet-based exhibitions—called Raid the Database—in dialogue with Andy Warhol’s groundbreaking 1970 artist curated exhibition at the RISD Museum, Raid the Icebox 1.
He has held curatorial positions at moCa Cleveland, RISD Museum, Stolbun Collection, Monument Lab, KADIST, Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, Triple Base Gallery, and the Aspen Art Museum. His writing has been presented in a variety of catalogs and publications that include Daily Serving, the Gulf Coast Arts Journal, Art Practical, Hyperallergic, and Studio International. He earned an MA in Curatorial Practice from California College of the Arts and a BA in Psychology and Art History from Goucher College.