Trevor Schoonmaker is Curator of Contemporary Art at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, U.S.A where he is currently organising the international group exhibition “The Record” to be held at the Nasher Museum in August 2010. In 2008 he curated the retrospective exhibition “Barkley L. Hendricks: Birth of the Cool”, which is travelling to the Studio Museum in Harlem, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston.
His first exhibition at the Nasher Museum was “Street Level: Mark Bradford, William Cordova & Robin Rhode” in 2007, which travelled to the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston.
Prior to joining the Nasher Museum, he organised numerous exhibitions including “The Beautiful Game: Contemporary Art and Fútbol” (2006), “Propeller” (2005), “Black President: The Art and Legacy of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti” (2003-2005), “DTroit” (2003–2004) and “The Magic City” (2000).
Trevor Schoonmaker has curated, written and lectured on contemporary art for many institutions, including the Barbican Centre, London; Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York; Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati; Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit; New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; Seattle Art Museum, Seattle; Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; the Tate Britain, London.
He is the editor of Fela: From West Africa to West Broadway. New York and Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003.