January Parkos Arnall

Interim Senior Curator


January Parkos Arnall organizes public programs and exhibitions with socially-engaged and participatory artists at the MCA. She holds a PhD in cultural studies and museum theory from Claremont Graduate University, an MFA in photography with emphasis in art history from Temple University, and a BFA in fine art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. From 2013 until 2017, she oversaw public engagement, developed exhibition-related programs, and was on the curatorial team for exhibitions and residencies at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. At the Hammer she organized the exhibition In Real Life: 100 Days of Film and Performance; residencies with language justice collective Antena and with the artists Jen Kennedy and Liz Linden; and helped to initiate the museum’s Bureau of Feminism. At the MCA she has organized over 200 public programs as well as the exhibitions Open 24 Hours with Edra Soto, Ecomonopolies with Joan Giroux, Parts of Speech with Public Fiction and Triple Canopy, A Call and Response with Brendan Fernandes, and The Commons Table with Folayemi Wilson and Norman Teague as blkHaUS Studios.

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January Parkos Arnall
Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago