Henone K. Girma: Newark Museum of Art Names New Curator of Arts of Global Africa

THE NEWARK MUSEUM OF ART kicks off the new year by welcoming a new member to its curatorial team. Henone K. Girma has been appointed Associate Curator of Arts of Global Africa.

Girma joined the Newark Museum of Art in New Jersey from The Africa Center in Harlem, where she served as Programs Manager. His new appointment was announced this morning and it officially started today.

“After a national search to fill this key curatorial position, we are delighted that Enone is joining our team. She brings considerable experience and inclusive perspectives to the museum, drawing on the breadth of her projects, ”said Catherine Evans, deputy director of collections and curatorial strategies at the Newark Museum of Art, in a statement.

“After a national search to fill this key curatorial position, we are delighted that Enone is joining our team. She brings a great experience and inclusive perspectives to the Museum. – Catherine Evans

Girma started at The Africa Center in Harlem in 2019, where she was promoted from Program Coordinator to Program Manager. The Africa Center serves as a link for engagement with contemporary Africa and “the exchange of ideas around the continent’s culture, business and politics” with the aim of “transforming the global understanding of Africa. , its diaspora and the role of peoples of African descent in the world. The centre’s programming included art installations, performances, film screenings, lectures, readings and book signings.

Previously, Girma was a program assistant at the College Art Association, focusing primarily on the CAA annual conference. She was also an intern in performance programs at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York.

In addition to his institutional mandates, Girma worked for more than five years as an independent commissioner. These projects have included collaborations with Art in FLUX Harlem, the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance, and were associate curators for the exhibition “ReSignifications”, organized by NYU Florence and presented in 2018 at Manifesta 12, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art. , in Palermo, Italy.

Born in Ethiopia, Girma received a degree in International Business with a minor in French from the University of Texas at Arlington and an MBA in Visual Arts, with a nonprofit focus, from New York University.

Girma begins her second tour at the Newark Museum of Art. From 2017 to 2019, she was the Andrew W. Mellon research associate at the museum. During her tenure, she contributed to the publication “The Newark Museum Collection: Arts of Global Africa”, which documents the collection she is now responsible for overseeing.

“I am delighted to be returning to the Newark Museum of Art and honored to be entrusted with the management of its prestigious Arts of Global Africa collection,” Girma said in a statement.

“The opportunity to continue the remarkable work of my predecessors is both a great privilege and a personal challenge. My goal is to create dynamic modes of presentation of the vast art collections of the intricate continent museum from which I come to engage visitors from Newark and beyond. CT

IMAGE: Henone K. Girma. Photo courtesy of the Newark Art Museum

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“The Newark Museum Collection: The Arts of Global Africa” explores the strengths of the museum’s collection. Henone K. Girma worked on the publication project during her tenure as a member of the Newark Museum of Art, from 2017-19.

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