March 22, 2019

Getty Research Institute Appoints Leronn P. Brooks Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Collections

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA—The Getty Research Institute (GRI) in Los Angeles announced today that LeRonn P. Brooks, who currently serves on the faculty of Lehman College in New York, has been named associate curator for modern and contemporary collections. In this role, he will be responsible for building the institute’s collections and developing programming related to African American art.

Brooks is the first full-time staff member hired at the GRI under its new African American Art History initiative, a program launched last year to establish the institute as a major center for the study of African American art and art history. The GRI also plans to hire a bibliographer to build the research library’s holdings.

LeRonn P. Brooks brings an informed, critical voice to the Getty Research Institute’s curatorial department and is a welcome addition to our scholarly community,” said Mary Miller, director of the institute. “I am looking forward to working with him as he helps build collections for research on twentieth-twenty-first century American art history. His mandate—to help develop our research and resources on African American art history and connect them to our other collecting areas—is vitally important at the GRI and I’m certain he is the best person for the task.”

Brooks serves as assistant professor in the department of Africana studies at Lehman College and is a curator for the is a curator for The Racial Imaginary Institute and the Bronx Council on the Arts. Among his recent curatorial projects are “On Whiteness” (2018), which featured artists Cindy Sherman, Glenn Ligon, Ken Gonzales-Day, Kate Greenstreet, Titus Kaphar, Mel Chin, Baseera Khan, and Toyin Ojih Odutola, among others and “Bronx: Africa,” which showcased the work of twenty-five early and mid-career Bronx-based African artists.

“I have found it beneficial to use my scholarship, understanding of historical contexts and curatorial practice, to examine the intersections between representations of African American visual cultures and society,” Brooks said. “I look forward to working alongside amazing colleagues doing similarly important and timely work at the Getty.” Brooks will begin his position at the institute in June 2019.

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