Empowering Art: Chenoa Baker's Curatorial Vision & Community Focus

Empowering Art: Chenoa Baker's Curatorial Vision & Community Focus

Chenoa Baker is an arts writer and emerging curator at Beacon Gallery. She specializes in black, modern, and contemporary art and is known for championing equality and collectivism in her work. Baker has been featured in various esteemed publications and is an associate curator at Beacon Gallery.

Chenoa shares how her father, a photographer, inspired her love for art and how she transitioned from a political science track to art history. She explains her approach to curating and the importance of organizing group shows to foster meaningful dialogue. Baker also discusses her role at Beacon Gallery and the gallery's commitment to investing in the community. She shares her perspective on the Boston art scene and highlights elder artists who are often overlooked. Baker also talks about her writing process and why she centers herself and her experiences in her art criticism. She stays up to date on artists' movements through studio visits, museum and gallery shows, and being an editor for 60 Inches from Center.

In this episode, we explore:

  • Through Chenoa Baker's artistic evolution, ignited by her father's photographic legacy, and how it continues to shape her creative path.
  • Chenoa's pivotal academic transition from political science to art history, unearthing the captivating story of how a change in focus transformed her artistic destiny.
  • Baker's philosophy of fostering artistic dialogue and collaboration through group exhibitions, as we discuss the profound impact of curated shows.
  • Chenoa's role at Beacon Gallery, unveiling her commitment to investing in the community and redefining the role of institutions in the art world.
  • Baker's advocacy efforts in supporting marginalized communities, delving into the intersection of art and accountability, while also exploring her unique approach to art criticism and her strategies for staying connected with artists' movements.

Join us as we delve into the world of black, modern, and contemporary art with Chenoa Baker, an arts writer and curator. Learn about her work in championing equality and collectivism in the art community. Listen to the full podcast episode now!

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Rob Lee
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The Truth In This Art is an interview series featuring artists, entrepreneurs and tastemakers in & around Baltimore.
Chenoa Baker
Chenoa Baker
Chenoa Baker is an arts writer and emerging curator specializing in Black Modern and Contemporary art.