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With the city’s art scene returning to the field, museums are making a comeback after the pandemic. More recently, the Houston Museum of African-American Culture (HMAAC) named Christopher Blay as the next Chief Curator. From September 1st. Blay will come to HMAAC after working as an editor and art critic for Glasstire Magazine, the oldest online art-only publication in the United States.
“Christopher Blay was the first, best and most exciting choice to emerge from our selection process,” said Michelle Barnes, research committee member and co-founder and CEO of Community Artists’ Collective in Houston. “His varied skills and experiences will find a welcoming home at HMAAC and enrich our cultural community beyond measure. “
The search committee to fill the role of chief curator consisted of Barnes, writer and curator Lise Rigbar, and 2021 Houston Interdisciplinary Artist and Artist of the Year, Vicki Meek. The HMAAC board of directors intentionally selected three African American women to seek out the right candidate.
“The HMAAC Board of Directors took a different route from the status quo when it decided to forgo a research firm and instead hire three senior African-American arts administrators to lead the research for their first post as chief curator, ”Meek said. “[Christopher’s] Previous curatorial experiences coupled with his strong background in art criticism ensure that the museum has someone who knows both the world of African Diaspora artists as well as the Houston area. “
Over the course of his career, Blay has helped create many projects, such as a two-year community project called The Ark on Noah Street in Dallas in 2014. Among the many awards he has received is the Tarrant’s Distinguished Alumni Award. County College in 2014 and a Dallas Observer Mastermind Award in 2015.
“I am very honored to be welcomed into this venerable institute which plays such an important role in the local and national community,” Blay said in a press release. “My passion is working with artists and their big ideas, and nothing is more rewarding than playing a small curatorial role to present these big ideas to the public.”
Although Blay will not take up the new management position at HMAAC until September, the museum, alongside Ava DuVernay, has just launched its latest installation, Blue is the color we see before we die.
The Houston Museum of African American Culture is located at 4807 Caroline Street. For more information, visit, hmaac.org.