Omar Kholeif

Manilow Senior Curator and Director of Global Initiatives

Short biography

Omar Kholeif (PhD, MA) FRSA, is a writer, curator, and broadcaster whose work focuses on the intersection of art, politics, urbanism, and emerging technologies. He is the Manilow Senior Curator and Director of Global Initiatives at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Prior to this, he was Curator at London’s Whitechapel Gallery. Dr Kholeif has curated or cocurated over one hundred exhibitions, commissions, and special projects over the last decade, including the Cyprus Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale; the 2012 Liverpool Biennial; the V-A-C Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale; and the forthcoming Sharjah Biennial 14 in 2019. Author and editor of over two dozen books and catalogues on art, he also writes widely on art and culture for media outlets such as the Guardian, Artforum, Art Papers, Mousse, frieze, Wired, and Art Monthly.

Recent and forthcoming books include You Are Here: Art After the Internet (Cornerhouse and SPACE, 2014), Moving Image (MIT Press, 2015), The Rumors of the World: Re-thinking Trust in the Age of the Internet (Sternberg Press, 2015), Electronic Superhighway: From Experiments in Art and Technology to Art After the Internet (Whitechapel Gallery, 2015), The Artists Who Will Change the World (Thames and Hudson, 2018), Goodbye, World! Looking at Art in the Digital Age (Sternberg Press, 2018), and I Was Raised on the Internet (MCA/Delmonico Prestel, 2018). Kholeif is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts; a Churchill Fellow; a member of ICOM, the International Council of Museums; CIMAM, the International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art; and AICA, the International Association of Art Critics. He is also the winner of numerous grants and awards most recently from the Graham Foundation and Creative Capital | the Andy Warhol Foundation.

Omar Kholeif. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.