Obama Picks Studio Museum's Thelma Golden To Join Presidential Library Board

Thelma Golden, director and chief curator of The Studio Museum in Harlem, has been picked by President Barack Obama to join the board of the Obama Foundation.

Since 2000 Thelma Golden has served as director and chief curator at New York City’s Studio Museum in Harlem. Before she served as a curator at The Studio Museum and the Whitney Museum before becoming the director of the Whitney Museum’s Philip Morris.

Golden's leadership has allowed the museum to see a major jump in attendance. She has also assisted in the fostering of many influential Black artists such as Glen Ligon and Lorna Simpson.

She will be responsible for planning the presidential library at the Barack Obama Presidential Center, the planned library and museum for Barack Obama’s life and presidency.

According to the foundation website, the center “will inspire the next generation of young leaders all over the world. It will convene the brightest minds with the newest ideas from across the political spectrum, and draw strength from the rich diversity and vitality of Chicago, the city it calls home.”

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