MCA Curator Naomi Beckwith’s Favorite Things
ART SMART: The Hyde Park native picks shows us 20 items she loves
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“It wasn’t a hard sell,” says Naomi Beckwith of her decision, just over a year ago, to leave her curatorial post at The Studio Museum in Harlem to come to the Museum of Contemporary Art. Beckwith, 36, was born and raised in Hyde Park. And some of her first encounters with art were at the MCA, where, as a Northwestern University student, she wrote exhibit reviews and frequented culture-themed parties.
In order to wrangle shows such as Jimmy Robert Vis-à-vis, an exhibition opening in August of the artist’s photo, video, and film work, Beckwith regularly scours London, Paris, and other global art capitals. “When you’re traveling, there’s so much visual fodder,” she says.
Her open-plan apartment in Old Town is filled with souvenirs, art, and family heirlooms—all of which say something about where she’s been and what inspires her. See below for twenty things she loves.
20 Things Naomi Beckwith Loves
STEPHEN BURKS LAMP (Price on request, readymadeprojects.com)
“Burks seamlessly melds modern shapes with handcrafted details.”
CULTURE IN ACTION BY JACOB, BRENSON, AND OLSON
“This book documents a project that I was involved in during high school. It was my introduction to art as a participant.”
“They’re the perfect finger food—sweet on the outside and refreshingly sour inside.”
STELLA McCARTNEY JACKET ($1,595, stellamccartney.com)
“I’m partial to McCartney’s suits because they’re fun yet well tailored.”
LOUISE BOURGEOIS PRINT
“The very first work I collected. Bourgeois really shaped my mentor Mignon Nixon’s thinking—and mine.”
Photography: (lamp, book, jacket) Courtesy of vendors; (all others) Anna Knott