Karen Archey named to Stedelijk Museum post

Karen Archey. Image courtesy of Stedelijk Museum


AMSTERDAM – Karen Archey has joined the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam as Curator of Contemporary Art, Time-based Media.

Archey is an American curator and art critic formerly based in Berlin and New York. She comes to the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam from the New York-based organization e-flux, where she worked from 2014–2017 as an editor, founding the participatory web publishing platform e-flux conversations.

Archey’s writing and curatorial work often focus on issues relating to society and the individual, such as feminism, identity and technology. Her criticism regularly takes form as exhibition reviews, artist profiles and thematic features in magazines such as frieze and ArtReview, as well as literary and theoretical essays published within anthologies by institutions such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, MIT Press and the New Museum. Archey is a 2016 Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant recipient for short-form writing.

Archey recently curated “Sharing Love,” the monographic exhibition of media artist Ann Hirsch at ICA at MECA in Portland, Maine (2016) and organized readings of the satirical feminist dictionary, “Women Inc. Lexicon” at Artists Space (New York) and ICA London (2015). She co-curated the survey exhibition “Art Post-Internet at Ullens Center” for Contemporary Art in Beijing (2014) and edited the publication Art Post-Internet: INFORMATION/DATA.

A frequent public speaker, Archey has recently participated on panels at the University of Chicago, Institute of Contemporary Arts London, Museum of Modern Art New York and MoMA PS1. Previously, she worked as curator-in-residence at Abrons Arts Center (2012-2013) and editor-at-large of Rhizome at the New Museum.

In her new role at the Stedelijk, Archey will strengthen Stedelijk’s presentation and holdings of time-based media, which encompass digital media, performance, dance and sound art. She will integrate time-based media into temporary exhibitions, collection displays, events, collaborations, and co-productions.