Curatorial Assistant to the Chief Curator and the Curatorial Division
Katie Cooke (she/her) is the Curatorial Assistant to the Chief Curator and the Curatorial Division. She has been with the BMA since 2014, and in her current role in the curatorial division since January 2019. She is currently assisting with the forthcoming exhibition curated by Dr. Leslie Cozzi titled Omar Ba: Political Animals, set to open in November 2022. This show will be the first U.S. institutional exhibition of work by Ba, one of today’s leading contemporary African artists. Katie has worked as curatorial assistant on several recent exhibitions, including Salman Toor: No Ordinary Love, curated by Dr. Asma Naeem, which is on view at the BMA now until October 2022, when it will travel to three additional museum venues across the country. Katie also assisted with the Guarding the Art project, an exhibition co-curated by 17 of the BMA’s security officers under the mentorship of Dr. Lowery Stokes Sims. Katie previously assisted with the exhibition Valerie Maynard: Lost and Found, which opened in 2020 as part of the Museum’s 2020 Vision, a year-long initiative dedicated to presenting works by female-identifying artists. She is originally from Baltimore and received her BA in 2014 from Wake Forest University with degrees in art history and French.