LARRY OSSEI-MENSAH, Independent Curator & cultural critic
Larry Ossei-Mensah’s IG handle is @youngglobal and he’s truly on the move. Larry discusses how and why he’s using his MBA to work in the arts and support emerging artists. We discuss his travels outside of his hometown of NYC, his multiple overlapping projects, how he supports community in tangible ways, and how he engages institutions while remaining independent. Relevant advice to artists and curators pushed this podcast well beyond our poorly enforced 30-minute cap!
Larry Ossei-Mensah is a Ghanaian-American curator and cultural critic who uses contemporary art and culture as a vehicle to redefine how we see ourselves and the world around us. He has organized exhibitions and collaborations with artists at commercial and nonprofit spaces, including: Firelei Báez, Ruby Amanze, Hugo McCloud, Brendan Fernandes and Peter Williams. He has advocated for and written on some of the most dynamic visual artists working today: such as Derrick Adams, Mickalene Thomas, Kehinde Wiley, Lorna Simpson and street artist JR. Ossei-Mensah is a co-founder of the 501c3 ARTNOIR. He recently served as the Critic-in Residence at ART OMI and currently serves as a mentor in the New Museum’s incubator program, NEW INC. He recently opened a solo show of Allison Janae Hamilton’s work at MASS MoCA. This summer, Ossei-Mensah will be co-curating a group show in Rome, Italy at Anna Marra Contemporanea featuring Derrick Adams, Firelei Baez, Abigail DeVille, Paul Anthony Smith, Alexandria Smith and William Villalongo.