Courtney Lynne Carter is a scholar and curator (soon-to-be) based in Los Angeles. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Art History with a Visual Studies certificate at the University of Southern California, where she focuses on modern art, histories and theories of photography, and inter-medial experimentation and translation. Her curatorial projects include: “We’re Sorry, This Item is No Longer Available,” featuring Maia Chao, Ilana Harris-Babou, and Korallia Stergides; “Your Special Island,” featuring Andrea Chung, Rachelle Dang, and Ming Wong (co-curated with Maya Berrol-Young); and “Consent to Be Seen,” featuring Riva Lehrer (co-curated with Kristin Lindgren). She previously worked as the Post-Baccalaureate Fellow for the John B. Hurford ’60 Center for the Arts and Humanities at Haverford College, where she curated two contemporary art exhibitions, coordinated student-initiated exhibitions and creative projects, and assisted with the exhibition program at the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery. She is an alumnus of the Independent Curators International Curatorial Intensive in New Orleans. She has held other positions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia; the Smithsonian American Art Museum, D.C.; Yale-NUS College,Singapore; Oh! Open House, Singapore; and Amazement Square Children’s Museum, Virginia. She graduated with a B.A. in English from Haverford College.
Contact: courtneylcarter95 (at) gmail (dot) com
PhD Student, Art History, University of Southern California, current
BA, English, Haverford College, 2017
Senior Thesis: “Photographic Memory in Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita”
Advisor: Professor Christina Zwarg
Post Baccalaureate Fellow, John B. Hurford ’60 Center for the Arts and Humanities, Haverford College, Haverford, PA, July 2018—present
Coordinate two-three week rotating student and faculty-initiated exhibitions and creative projects in three gallery spaces, including artists-in-residence, curated exhibitions, and performance or film series. Work on the exhibition team that manages Haverford’s primary contemporary art gallery. Acts as a research assistant and liaison for visiting artists and curators. Advises the Center’s Student Advisory Board, two student-edited publications, the student gallery assistants, and the student recipient of a grant-funded annual live performance. Manages Instagram account for Haverford’s contemporary art gallery. Member of the Center’s Steering Committee with fellow faculty and staff.
Research Assistant, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, January 2019—present
Assist Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Professor of Contemporary Art Kaja Silverman on research for her forthcoming book Three-Personed Picture, the second of a trilogy that began with The Miracle of Analogy (2015).
Dean’s Fellow, Yale-NUS College, Singapore, July 2017—June 2018
Conceptualized and executed 20 student programs, with a focus on intercultural dialogue, community building, and experiential learning. Coordinated a symposium titled “Disability Day,” as part of Diversity Week, composed of seven events in collaboration with seven visiting speakers, three student clubs, and four college departments, with a budget from three sources. Assisted with a week-long international educational trip to Kuching, Malaysia for 95 students. Served on Wellness Outreach and Sexual Respect Education committees with fellow staff, faculty, and students, which involved organizing a year-long program about mental health and sexual respect. Developed and executed the 2018 graduation social media campaign for two months across five platforms. Supervised two student-staff members.
Tour Guide, Oh! Open House, Singapore, September 2017—April 2018
Volunteered as a tour guide with an arts nonprofit that invites Southeast Asian artists to create public, site-specific installations that explore marginalized colonial histories.
Gallery Assistant, Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, Haverford College, Haverford, PA, October 2015—May 2017
Developed and facilitated interactive public educational programs. Researched artists and curators for upcoming exhibitions. Wrote and recorded audio descriptions and tours. Organized a digital database of administrative files for over 50 exhibitions. Assisted daily gallery maintenance.
Editorial Intern, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA, June 2016—August 2016
Copy-edited over 40 documents, including material for the South Asian Art Gallery re-opening marketing campaign. Research and assembled a brand audit of 400 items for the visual re-branding initiative.
Education Intern, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC, June 2015—August 2015
Organized preparatory materials for and assisted the facilitation of three week-long professional development programs for 30 teachers per week, the purpose of which was to incorporate visual literacy in classroom pedagogy. Developed educational workshops around artworks in the collection.
“Your Special Island,” Visual Culture, Arts, and Media, Haverford College, Haverford, PA, co-curator, February 7—March 8, 2019.
“Your Special Island”explores the notion of ‘the tropical island’ as an imagined reality constructed by and for imperial pursuits, featuring work by artists Andrea Chung, Rachelle Dang, and Ming Wong.
“Consent to Be Seen,” Sharpless Gallery, Magill Library, Haverford College, Haverford, PA, co-curator, September 28—January 27, 2017.
“Consent to Be Seen” borrows the concept of ‘informed consent’ from biomedicine to examine agency and representation in portraiture, especially portraiture of subjects who are socially stigmatized due to variant corporeality.
“Symbiosis: Art, Science, and Community,” Marian E. Koshland Integrated Natural Sciences Center, co-curator, March, 2016.
“Symbiosis” documents a semester-long collaboration between students in the course “Critical Disability Studies: Theory and Practice” and artists at the Center for Creative Works, an arts studio focused on developing the creative potential and a cultural identity for people with intellectual disabilities. Out of the collaboration emerged a reciprocal partnership of interdisciplinary and mutually-informative learning.
Independent Curators International Curatorial Intensive in New Orleans, March 2019
National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Strategies Conference, January 2018