Dr Zoé Whitley has been announced as the next director of Chisenhale Gallery, London. Whitley, currently senior curator at the Hayward Gallery, recently curated the British Pavilion presentation of Cathy Wilkes at the 58th Venice Biennale.
She is succeeding to Polly Staple, now Director of British Art Collection at the Tate, and will assume her new position next March. She was previously Curator, International Art at Tate Modern and at the Victoria and Albert Museum from 2003 to 2013.
Zoé Whitley studied at the University of Central Lancashire where she obtained her PhD supervised by the 2017 Turner Prize-winner Professor Lubaina Himid. Her research led to the acclaimed Tate Modern exhibition Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power, co-curated with Mark Godfrey in 2017. The exhibition is touring the US and is currently on show at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco de Young Museum.
Her publications include The Graphic World of Paul Peter Piech (Four Corners Books) and co-authored museum catalogues In Black and White: Prints from Africa and the Diaspora (V&A, with Gill Saunders); The Shadows Took Shape (Studio Museum in Harlem, with Naima Keith); and Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power (Tate, with Mark Godfrey).
Image courtesy Chisenhale Gallery