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Eps 24: Finding the Right Space- Curator Lynne Cooney

Updated: Dec 5, 2019

Lynne Cooney is the Artistic Director and chief curator of the Boston University Art Galleries where she has organized numerous group and solo exhibitions. Lynne received a BA in English from Simmons College, Boston, a MFA in photography from the California College of the Arts, San Francisco, and a MA in Art History from Boston University. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Boston University’ in Department of History of Art and Architecture. Her dissertation examines concepts of race and representation in the art collections of the Wits Art Museum in Johannesburg, South Africa. She was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to South Africa during the 2014-2015 academic year.

In this episode we talk about her background in photography, literature and how this lead her to getting an MFA to decide not to be an artist but rather a curator. Lynne talks about her love of education and artist run spaces which lead her to working at Boston University. We talk about the nuts and bolts that impact curatorial decisions such as logistics and responding to the space. We talk about shows she has organized, how she discovers artists and also tips for artists looking to work with curators.

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