Episode 19: Kimberly Drew

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Episode 19: Kimberly Drew

By Weston Teruya October 27, 2017

Weston Teruya welcomes artists, arts administrators, and cultural workers of color to get real about their lives, practices, and careers. Each episode is an in-depth look into how art gets made, but more importantly how these folks are seeing to the system of art’s (UN)making.


For this episode I had the honor of talking with arts organizer, writer, and curator Kimberly Drew. In our conversation, we talked about building upon the work of a long line of Black Women arts leaders, creating responsive spaces in dialogue with communities, learning from and teaching institutions, and grounding her work in things that bring herself joy.

Kimberly is probably best known for establishing the Black Contemporary Art Tumblr, a massive online archive of Black creative production, her Twitter and Instagram channels under the handle @museummammy, and her role as social media manager for the Met. Taken together, Kimberly plays a major role in guiding online audiences’ understandings and relationships to a wide swath of artwork. She also recently collaborated with Taylor Renee Aldridge, Jessica Bell Brown, and Jessica Lynne to co-produce The Black Art Incubator, a gathering space and series of public programs aimed at disseminating professional resources and strengthening the critical discourse around artists’ works. She is currently partnering with Jenna Wortham to produce the Black Futures Project, a forthcoming book mapping Black creative work.

This interview was made possible because of UC Berkeley’s Arts + Design Initiative event: Black Futures: On Race in Art, Curation, and Digital Engagement with Kimberly Drew, a program co-curated by UC Berkeley programs The Black Room, Arts Research Center, the Department of English, and the Townsend Center for Humanities as part of the Arts + Design Mondays at the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archives weekly lecture series.

You can follow Kimberly’s projects on Instagram and Twitter @museummammy. She collects her various writings and project documentation on her website: museummammy.club. Black Contemporary Art is at blackcontemporaryart.tumblr.com and Twitter @blackcontempart. The Black Art Incubator is on Instagram @blackartincubator and Twitter @blackartinc.

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