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ACE Series presents Larry Ossei-Mensah- The Rules of Engagement: How to Navigate the Art World in 2019 and Beyond


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ACE Series presents Larry Ossei-Mensah- The Rules of Engagement: How to Navigate the Art World in 2019 and Beyond

The NAGB presents the second instalment in our new Art, Culture and Exchange (ACE) Series, devoted to growing a healthy space for reciprocation, discourse and debate. This invitational brings established international artists, critics, and an extensive network of art professionals to present on their works in public lectures, informal talks and symposia. They will offer diverse perspectives and exciting interpretations of art, social/global issues, and innovations in culture.


The ACE Series continues the museum’s mission to empower its creative community with opportunities to engage in transformative encounters, which hold the potential to change the lives of young people and our public through robust art education programmes.

For our second lecture, we welcome Ghanaian-American curator Larry Ossei-Mensah presenting on “The Rules of Engagement: How to Navigate the Art World in 2019 and Beyond”. Ossei-Mensah has designed a presentation highlighting the various ways artists, curators, and other art professionals can better understand and negotiate "their" art world and ecologies.

By developing strategies that highlight how "the game" is played and which mistakes to avoid, Ossei-Mensah seeks to share with the audience insights that he has amassed over the last decade to equip them with the tools and insights necessary to take more agency in their careers.

Larry Ossei-Mensah, MOCAD’s Susanne Feld Hilberry Senior Curator, uses contemporary art as a vehicle to redefine how we see ourselves and the world around us. The Ghanaian-American curator and cultural critic has organised exhibitions and programmes at commercial and nonprofit spaces around the globe from New York City to Rome in addition to documenting cultural happenings featuring the most dynamic visual artists working today such as Derrick Adams, Mickalene Thomas, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Federico Solmi, and Kehinde Wiley. Ossei-Mensah is also the co-founder of ARTNOIR a global collective of culturalists who design multimodal experiences aimed to engage this generation’s dynamic and diverse creative class.

In 2017, he was the Critic-in-Residence at ART OMI, and in 2019  he will serve as a curatorial mentor at the VisArt in Rockville, MD. He recently co-curated the solo exhibition of Allison Janae Hamilton’s work with Susan Cross at MASSMoCA entitled PITCH. Ossei-Mensah is also the recent recipient of the Warhol Foundation grant for $50K for his upcoming exhibition in spring/summer 2019 at MOAD in San Francisco entitled “Coffee, Rhum, Sugar, Gold: A Postcolonial Paradox” co-curated with Dexter Wimberly.  Follow him on Instagram/Twitter at @youngglobal.