Valerie Cassel Oliver and Howardena Pindell

Thursday, March 11, 2021

5:30pm PST

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              Howardena Pindell (1943–)  Night Flight, 2015–2016  Mixed media on canvas  63 x 77 inches  160 x 195.6 cm  Philip Holzer, Germany

Howardena Pindell (1943–), Night Flight, 2015–2016, Mixed media on canvas, 63 x 77 inches, Philip Holzer, Germany. Image courtesy of the artist.


Photo credit is Courtesy Virginia Museum of Fine Arts; Travis Fullerton, photographer.

Valerie Cassel Oliver is the Sydney and Frances Lewis Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.Prior to her position at the VMFA, she was Senior Curator at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston where worked from 2000 - 2017.  She has served as director of the Visiting Artist Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1995-2000) and a program specialist at the National Endowment for the Arts (1988-1995).   In 2000 she was one of six curators selected to organize the Biennial for the Whitney Museum of American Art.  

                                       Howardena Pindell by Katherine McMahon, 2017

Howardena Pindell by Katherine McMahon, 2017 

Born in Philadelphia in 1943, Howardena Pindell studied painting at Boston University and Yale University. After graduating, she accepted a job at the Museum of Modern Art, where she worked for 12 years (1967–1979), first as Exhibition Assistant, then as Assistant Curator in the Department of National and International Traveling Exhibitions, and finally as an Associate Curator and Acting Director in the Department of Prints and Illustrated Books.  


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