TUMELO MOSAKA | Mellon Project Director and Curator
Tumelo Mosaka is a Johannesburg born New York City based independent curator. He has worked within and outside museums exploring global transnational artistic practices especially from Africa, the Caribbean, and North America. He has curated numerous exhibitions including, Usha Seejarim, A Solo Exhibition (2020) at Kunstinstituut Melly (Formerly known as Witte de With) in Rotterdam, Turning Tide, at the Mémorial ACTe Museum, Guadeloupe (2017), Andrew Lyght: Full Circle, Dorsky Art Museum, New York (2016), Poetic Relations, Perez Art Museum, Miami (2015), and Otherwise Black at the 1st edition of International Biennale of Contemporary Art in Martinique (BIAC) 2014. Mosaka is the project director for the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies at Columbia University and the resident curator for the Opa-locka Community Development Corporation in Miami. Previous positions include Chief Curator for Investec Cape Town Art Fair, South Africa. (2016-19), curator at the Krannert Art Museum (KAM) in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois where he curated several exhibitions including Blind Field (2013), OPENSTUDIO (2011), and MAKEBA! (2011). Before joining KAM, Mosaka was the Associate Curator of Exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum, NY where he curated Infinite Islands: Contemporary Caribbean Art (2007), and Passing/Posing: Kehinde Wiley (2004) among others. He is also the resident curator for the Opa-locka Community Development Corporation in Miami.