Vivian Crockett

Above: Vivian Crockett. Photo: Ciara Elle Bryant

Vivian Crockett is a Brazilian-American scholar and curator focusing largely on modern and contemporary art of African diasporas, Latinx diasporas, and the Americas at the varied intersections of race, gender, and queer theory. She is currently Curator at the New Museum and is co-curating the 2026 edition of the New Museum Triennial. At the New Museum, she has curated ‘Doreen Lynette Garner: REVOLTED’ (2022) and ‘Screen Series: Zahy Guajajara’ (2022), co-curated the Museum’s landmark solo exhibition ‘Wangechi Mutu: Intertwined’ (2023), and most recently curated ‘Tuan Andrew Nguyen: Radiant Remembrance’ (2023) and ‘Puppies Puppies (Jade Guanaro Kuriki-Olivo): Nothing New’ (2023). 

Before joining the New Museum, Crockett was the Nancy and Tim Hanley Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the Dallas Museum of Art, where she co-curated several collection shows, curated solo projects with Guadalupe Rosales and Jammie Holmes and developed Ja’Tovia Gary’s recent solo. Previously, she was a Joan Tisch Teaching Fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art and an Andrew W. Mellon Museum Research Consortium Fellow in the department of Media and Performance Art at The Museum of Modern Art. She previously worked as a research associate at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and as an independent curator with organizations including Visual AIDS, for whom she co-curated the 2017 ‘Day With(out) Art: Alternate Endings, Radical Beginnings.’ Her scholarly contributions can be found in publications from several institutions, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Museum of Modern Art; New Museum; The Studio Museum in Harlem; Leslie-Lohman Museum; and Museu de Arte de São Paulo; among others. Crockett holds a BA in art history from Stanford University and an MA, MPhil and PhD in art history from Columbia University.