Director, Visual Arts Center
MacKenzie Stevens is responsible for direction and curatorial oversight of the Visual Arts Center, including the VAC’s artist-in-residence program, the exhibitions program, and public programs. At the VAC, Stevens has organized exhibitions with Elia Alba, Nancy Lupo, Nikita Gale, Kenneth Tam, Carmen Argote, Juan Pablo González, and Lisa Lapinski. Stevens also serves on the Landmarks Advisory Committee and the committee for the St. Elmo Arts Residency.
Stevens received her BA in art history from the University of California, Berkeley and her MA from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. 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, Molly Lowe, Judith Hopf, Kevin Beasley, Marwa Arsanios, Avery Singer, Joseph Holtzman, 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. 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.