Yesomi Umolu

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Born1984 (age 39–40)
Lagos, Nigeria
CitizenshipUnited States of America
  • MA in architectural design
  • MA in art curation
Alma mater
  • University of Edinburgh
  • Royal College of Art, London
  • Curator
  • Visual Artist
  • Architect
Known forDirector of 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial

Yesomi Umolu (born 1984, lagos) is a curator and artist that lives in chicago. Umolu is Director and Curator at Logan Center Exhibitions at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, University of Chicago. She was the Artistic Director of the 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial[1][2][3]

Early life and education

yesomi Umolu was born and brought up in Lagos Nigeria, till when she was ten that she moved to london where she spent Most of her life. Umolu earned a master's degree in architectural design from the University of Edinburgh as well as a master's degree in art curation from Royal College of Art, London.[4]


She currently holds a head position at the University of Chicago, taking the role of an exhibitions curator for the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, while lecturing in the division humanities, and researches ways to gratify University of Chicago's architecture and contemporary art output.[5]

Before she starts her work at the University of Chicago, Umolu also curated highly commended shows at Michigan State University's Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Minneapolis' Walker Art Center and the European Biennial of Contemporary Art.[5] In 2011, she was curator -in-residence at Hordaland Art Centre, Bergen and co-resident at the Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw.[2]

Umolu device a program of international contemporary art in the Logan Center Gallery. she worked in other several international universities as either a visiting lecturer, speaker or critic as well as contribution to seminars and conferences, these universities includes; Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills; Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London Goldsmiths University, London and University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.[1][2][6]

Umolu's other prestigious exhibitions include: Material Effects (MSU Broad, 2015), John Akomfrah: Imaginary Possessions (MSU Broad, 2014), The Land Grant: Forest Law (MSU Broad, 2014), and The Museum of Non Participation: The New Deal (Walker Art Center, 2013).[6][7]


Yesomi Umolu was artistic director of the 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial. She is currently the exhibitions curator at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago.[6] Recently Umolu was appointed to be part of the 6th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia as curatorial advisory board for the United States Pavilion an exhibition commissioned by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Chicago.[6] Umolu is also part of the board of trustees at the Graham Foundation, Chicago.[1][6] In 2018, Umolu served as a Center LOI panelist in Exhibitions & Public.[6] Prior to joining the Logan, Umolu held curatorial positions at the Edythe Broad Art Museum at MSU; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis and the European biennial of contemporary art Manifesta 8 – the European Biennial of Contemporary Art.[6]

She has held positions as a Curatorial Assistant for Chamber of Public Secrets at Manifesta 8, Region of Murcia (2010), Public Programmes Assistant at the Serpentine Gallery, London (2009-2010) and Project Coordinator at Tate Modern, London (2005-2008).[2]


In 2016, Umolu was awarded a curatorial fellowship from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.[8]


Umolu with the specialty in contemporary art curated;

  1. Candice Lin and Yesomi Umolu, A Hard White Body,Lotte Arndt.[9]
  2. Kapwani Kiwang,Yesomi Umolu Editor.[10]
  3. The Years Now, Yesomi Umolu Editor.[11]

In the media



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "yesomi Umolu". Department of Art history, The university of chicago. Retrieved 18 September 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "yesomi Umuolu, Adjunct/visiting". University of Minnesota,School of Architecture. Retrieved 18 September 2020.
  3. Donoghu, Katy. "Yesomi Umolu Curates the 3rd Chicago Architecture Biennial". Whitewall. Retrieved 18 September 2020.
  4. Mortice, Zuch (19 March 2018). "Interview with Yesomi Umolu. The 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennal artistic director a beinnial that's a "civic project"". ARCHITECTURAL RECORD. Retrieved 19 September 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. 5.0 5.1 Gibson, Eleanor (6 March 2018). "Yesomi Umolu named artistic director for Chicago Architecture Biennial 2019". dezeen. Retrieved 18 September 2020.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 "Yesomi Umolu". The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. Retrieved 18 September 2020.
  7. "yesomi Umolu". Department of Art history, The university of chicago. Retrieved 18 September 2020.
  8. "WARHOL FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES SPRING 2016 GRANT RECIPIENTS". Warholfundation. Retrieved 29 September 2020.
  9. "Candice Lin, A Hard White Body". The University of Chicago Press. Retrieved 29 September 2020.
  10. "Kapwani Kiwanga Structural Adjustments". Booktopia. Retrieved 29 September 2020.
  11. Michael Martinez, J.; Hopkins, Candice; Mendez, Harold; Rivera, Katja (November 2020). The Years Now. ISBN 9780578643441. Retrieved 29 September 2020.

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