MacKenzie Stevens

Director and Curator, 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 solo exhibitions with Carmen Argote, Joey Fauerso, Nikita Gale, Juan Pablo González, Madeline Hollander, Kate Newby, Michael Queenland, 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, which will be published by Inventory Press in 2023, and is co-curating a group exhibition titled Social Fabric: Art and Activism in Contemporary Brazil, focusing on Brazilian contemporary art with Adele Nelson that opens at the Visual Arts Center in September 2022. Social Fabric received The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Grant in 2019.

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 Marwa Arsanios, Kevin Beasley, Petrit Halilaj, Maria Hassabi, Judith Hopf, and Pedro Reyes, amongst others. 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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