We are pleased to welcome Yesomi Umolu to CIMAM

17 November 2023

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"As an arts leader and curator with experience working internationally, I am joining CIMAM because of the significant work CIMAM does to connect museums globally on matters of policy, advocacy, and ethical standards. I have written and spoken about the topics of care, decolonisation and the civic role of museums in recent years, and I am looking forward to contributing to CIMAM's ongoing work in this area.

In addition, I would value connecting with other leaders who are navigating the day-to-day running of museums in our current moment. I am keen to learn from colleagues about different leadership models and how to motivate teams in an ever-changing environment."

Yesomi Umolu, Director of Curatorial Affairs and Public Practice, Serpentine Galleries, London, UK

Yesomi Umolu is Director of Curatorial Affairs and Public Practice at Serpentine in London. She recently co-organised Serpentine Pavilion 2022: Black Chapel by Theaster Gates and Barbara Chase-Riboud: Infinite Folds (2022). As Artistic Director of the 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial, Umolu oversaw a critically acclaimed curatorial program featuring new commissions and off-site installations with over 80 international contributors. She was previously Director and Curator, Logan Center Exhibitions at the University of Chicago and has held curatorial positions at the MSU Broad Museum, Michigan; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and Manifesta 8, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art. Umolu is a 2016 recipient of the prestigious Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts Curatorial Fellowship. She served on the curatorial advisory board for the United States Pavilion at the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale, and as a trustee of the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts in Chicago.


CIMAM – International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art – is an Affiliated Organization of ICOM.* Founded in 1962, CIMAM’s vision is a world where the contribution of museums, collections, and archives of modern and contemporary art to the cultural, social, and economic well-being of society is recognized and respected.

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Thank you Yesomi for becoming a member of CIMAM!