MacKenzie Stevens

Director, Visual Arts Center

Stevens received her BA in art history from the University of California, Berkeley and her MA in art history from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. At the Visual Arts Center, Stevens has organized exhibitions with Carmen Argote, Nikita Gale, Juan Pablo González, Madeline Hollander, Luiz Roque, and Kenneth Tam amongst others as well as a mid-career survey featuring the work of Houston-based artist, Lisa Lapinski. Currently, Stevens is working on a book project with Lisa Lapinski and co-curating a group exhibition titled Social Fabric: Art and Activism in Contemporary Brazil, focusing on Brazilian contemporary art with Adele Nelson that is slated to open at the Visual Arts Center in September 2022. Social Fabric received The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Grant.

Prior to joining the Visual Arts Center, Stevens was part of the curatorial team at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. There, she organized exhibitions, performances and public programs, contributing to a number of exhibitions with artists such as Petrit Halilaj, Judith Hopf, Kevin Beasley, Marwa Arsanios, Maria Hassabi, Pedro Reyes, among others, as well as the first North American retrospective of Jimmie Durham, which toured from the Hammer Museum to the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, and the Remai Modern in Saskatoon, Canada. She was part of the curatorial team for Made in L.A. 2016: a, the, though, only and Made in L.A. 2018 — the Hammer’s biannual museum-wide exhibition that celebrates the work of artists living and working in the greater Los Angeles area. Stevens contributed to the exhibition catalogues for Jimmie Durham: At the Center of the World and Made in L.A. 2018.

Prior to her tenure at the Hammer, Stevens held curatorial and research positions in Los Angeles and New York City at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and Pace Gallery, New York

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