The Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami has announced the appointment of Adeze Wilford as curator. With support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Wilford joins the leadership team at MOCA North Miami at an exciting time in the museum’s growth.
Wilford most recently served as assistant curator at The Shed, New York, where she curated the acclaimed New York Times exhibition “Howardena Pindell: Rope/Fire/Water” in 2020. She assumes her role at the museum on February 14.
Inspired by its surrounding communities, MOCA connects diverse audiences and cultures by providing a welcoming place to encounter new ideas and voices, while nurturing an abiding love of the arts. In his new role, Wilford will lead the Curatorial Department’s dynamic exhibition program that showcases historically underexplored artists and movements, and present the museum’s first solo exhibitions for emerging artists. She will be responsible for overseeing MOCA’s permanent collection, public art initiatives, and directing the museum’s distinctive guest curator program.
“The entire MOCA North Miami team is thrilled to welcome Adeze Wilford to the museum and the community. Under Adeze’s curatorial leadership, we look forward to MOCA’s continued growth and connecting diverse audiences by providing a welcoming place to encounter new ideas and voices,” said Sheldon. “Adeze’s collaborative spirit and experience is an exciting match for our transforming museum that aspires to be a leader in North Miami’s growth. , as well as artistic and museum communities.”
Wilford joined The Shed as a curatorial assistant in 2018, where she watched the space evolve from a construction site to a site activated by exhibitions and performances, including ‘Open Call’, ‘Agnes Denes: Absolutes and Intermediates”, “Collision/Coalition” and “Close.” In 2019 she curated “Vernacular Interior” at Hales Gallery, New York. Wilford served as Assistant for Public Programs at the Studio Museum in Harlem before serving as co-curator for the Studio Museum in Harlem and the Museum of Modern Art in New York from 2015 to 2017.
Wilford currently sits on the board of trustees of the Queens Museum in New York. She has contributed to various publications including “Howardena Pindell: A New Language”, “Young”, “Gifted and Black”, “Fictions” and “Black Refractions” and has appeared on several panels. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and African American Studies from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois.
“I am thrilled to join MOCA at a time of exciting growth and change,” said Wilford. “I look forward to working with the North Miami community and the broader South Florida arts community to bring meaningful and resonant programming to the museum that builds on a legacy that remains deeply committed to giving artists a platform -form to share their practices.”
“Miami and South Florida will really benefit from Adeze Wilford’s membership in MOCA,” said Victoria Rogers, Knight’s Vice President of Arts Program. “With Wilford’s experience creating thought-provoking exhibits, MOCA will continue to present important works that resonate, create conversation, and reflect Miami’s tremendous diversity. We are thrilled to support the museum’s continued growth and its role in establishing our city as a cultural capital of the Americas.
Wilford joins MOCA at a time of transformation in the museum’s history under Sheldon’s leadership. The museum’s recent exhibits have been critically acclaimed, and its educational and public programming has facilitated cultural engagement and fostered connections to the community and beyond. The current exhibition, “My Name is Maryan,” curated by Alison M. Gingeras, will travel to the Tel Aviv Museum of Art in March 2023 after it closes on March 20, 2022.
About the Museum of Contemporary Art of North Miami
MOCA North Miami showcases contemporary art and its historical influences through exhibits, educational programs, and collections. Inspired by its surrounding communities, MOCA connects diverse audiences and cultures by providing a welcoming place to encounter new ideas and voices, and by nurturing an abiding love of the arts. MOCA grew from the Center for Contemporary Art which opened in 1981. The creation of the permanent collection coincided with the institution’s move to its current building designed by GSNY’s Charles Gwathmey in 1996.
Under the leadership of Executive Director Chana Sheldon and a newly installed Board of Directors, MOCA premiered AFRICOBRA: Messages to the People during Art Basel Miami Beach in 2018. AFRICOBRA: Nation Time, The Next Chapter of the Exhibition , has been selected as the official guarantee. Event of the Biennale Arte 2019 in Venice, Italy. Original exhibits include: Michael Richards: Are You Down? co-organized by Alex Fialho and Melissa Levin (2021), Raul de Nieves: Eternal Return and The Obsidian Heart organized by Risa Puleo (2020) and Alice Rahon: Poetic Invocations organized by Teresa Arcq (2019).