Tempestt Hazel is a curator, writer, artist advocate, and co-founder of Sixty Inches From Center. She is also the Arts Program Officer at the Field Foundation of Illinois. Over the years she has worked in arts administration, curating, and multidisciplinary programming at the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), Chicago Artists Coalition, and Arts + Public Life at the University of Chicago.
Her curatorial practice often uses archives and collections as a starting point to draw connections between a variety of histories and the work of contemporary artists. Her exhibitions and research have been produced with the University of North Texas, South Side Community Art Center, Terrain Exhibitions, Contemporary Arts Council, Black Metropolis Research Consortium, and University of Chicago, with upcoming projects at the Smart Museum of Art.
Hazel’s writing has been published in the books Support Networks: Chicago Social Practice History Series edited by Abigail Satinsky and Mary Jane Jacob (2014, University of Chicago Press), Institutions and Imaginaries: Chicago Social Practice History Series edited by Stephanie Smith (2015, University of Chicago Press), Contact Sheet: Light Work Annual (2014), Unfurling: Explorations In Art, Activism and Archiving (2015, Half Letter Press), Prospect 4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp (2017) the upcoming Art AIDS America Chicago (2018), Artslant, Hyde Park Art Center, Tremaine Foundation’s Exhibitions on the Cusp, the Broad Museum, and Duke University.
For more, visit tempestthazel.com.