The Hayward Gallery in London has appointed Zoé Whitley as its new senior curator. She will begin at the Hayward on April 8. Vincent Honoré, who previously held the position, has departed the museum to become artistic director of MoCo Contemporary Arts in Montpellier, France.
Whitley is currently curator of international art at Tate Modern. Her most notable curatorial credit for that museum is “Soul of a Nation,” a critically acclaimed survey about the Black Power movement and art made between 1963 and 1983 she co-organized with Mark Godfrey that is now on view at the Brooklyn Museum in New York. Prior to becoming a curator at Tate, Whitley held positions at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and the Studio Museum in Harlem.
“The mix of world-class and risk-taking programming consistently draws me to the Southbank Centre as a member of the public,” Whitley said in a statement. “I am so excited to now join the team when the organization is innovating interdisciplinary leadership and collaboration.”
In addition to starting at the Hayward, Whitley is overseeing the 2019 Venice Biennale’s British Pavilion, in which artist Cathy Wilkes will appear. As it so happens, Ralph Rugoff, the Hayward’s director, is curating the Biennale’s main show.