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Mark Beasley, Robert and Arlene Kogod Secretarial Scholar, Curator of Media and Performance Art, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Mark Beasley, Curator of Media and Performance Art

Mark Beasley is the Hirshhorn’s inaugural Robert and Arlene Kogod Secretarial Scholar, Curator of Media and Performance Art. Serving since 2016, Beasley is responsible for organizing exhibitions and enhancing the museum’s pioneering collection of new media art, including film, video and performance. For his first major exhibition at the Hirshhorn, Beasley organized The Message: New Media Works (2017), featuring five contemporary film and video installations that use music, film and pop culture to reveal profound truths about life in the 21st century.

Prior to joining the Hirshhorn, he served as curator at Performa, the only biennial dedicated to commissioning, presenting, and exploring new visual art performance across disciplines. His projects there included Mike Kelley’s Day Is Done at Judson Church, Arto Lindsay’s Somewhere I Read, Frances Stark and Mark Leckey’s Put a Song in Your Thing at Abrons Theater, Robert Ashley’s That Morning Thing at the Kitchen, and the experimental music festival A Fantastic World Superimposed on Reality, which he co-curated with Mike Kelley.

In 2015, Beasley organized the Sunday Sessions performance program for Greater New York at MoMA PS1. As a curator with Creative Time, from 2006 to 2009, he presented Plot09: This World & Nearer Ones; Hey Glossolalia: Exhibiting the Voice; and Javier Tellez’s critically acclaimed film A Letter on the Blind. He was part of the curatorial team (with artistic director Liam Gillick) that organized the inaugural Okayama Art Summit in Japan, and he served as a guest curator of the 2017 Manchester International Festival. Beasley contributes to a number of art periodicals and journals, including FriezeE-Flux, and The Bulletins of The Serving Library. He has written catalogue texts and supporting essays for the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the British Council, and the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London. His first LP with the group Big Legs was released by Junior Aspirin Records. Beasley received his post-graduate degree from the Royal College of Art, and he recently completed a PhD in fine art at the University of Reading, United Kingdom.