Saisha Grayson, Curator

Saisha Grayson is the curator of time-based media at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. She joined the museum staff in March 2018. Her responsibilities include research, exhibitions and acquisitions related to the museum’s distinguished collection of time-based media arts. Her research interests include contemporary American art as well as medieval art, film studies, feminist theory and political science.

Grayson joined the museum from the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum, where she was assistant curator from 2011 to 2016. While there, Grayson served as organizing curator of “Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey” (2013), the site-specific exhibition “Chitra Ganesh: Eyes of Time” (2014) and co-curated the experimental group exhibition “Agitprop!” (2015). For her first program at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, she has invited immersive installation and media artist Saya Woolfalk to present July 2018 at the popular annual event SAAM Arcade.

Grayson earned a master’s degree from Columbia University (2008) and recently completed her doctorate at the Graduate Center, CUNY; her dissertation is titled “Cellist, Catalyst, Collaborator: The Work of Charlotte Moorman.” Her writing on contemporary media and performance art has appeared in numerous journals and catalogs. She taught art history at Queens College, CUNY and Ithaca College, and has guest lectured at Sarah Lawrence College, The New School and the Maryland Institute College of Arts. She was awarded a predoctoral fellowship at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in 2016 and a Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellowship in American Art in 2017.

About the Smithsonian American Art Museum and its Renwick Gallery

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