Imani Jacqueline Brown




Columbia University, New York, NY, US | BA, Visual Arts & Anthropology, 2010 | Dean’s List

School of Visual Arts, New York, NY, US | Independent Curator’s Seminar, Fall 2012

Hunter College, CUNY, New York, NY, US | Adobe InDesign Seminar, Summer 2012

The International School of Beijing, Shunyi, China, Fall Semester 2004

Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK | Cambridge University Summer Programme


Awards, Recognitions, & Presentations

2016.07    Participant, The Opportunity Agenda Creative Change Retreat, Sundance, UT, US

2016.04    Presenter, Pecha Kucha NOLA, New Orleans, LA, US

2016.04    Presenter, Ethical Lunch, First Unitarian Universalist Church, New Orleans, LA, US

2016.04    Presenter, CRASSH, Cambridge University, Panelist, Cambridge, UK

2016.03    Panelist, Creative Industries Summit, New Orleans Entrepreneur Week, New Orleans, LA, US

2016.02    Nominee, Robert Rauschenberg SEED Fellowship (for Blights Out; decision pending)

2015.12    Participant, Fossil Free Culture Climate Summit, COP 21, Paris, FR

2015.12    Grant recipient, Art Matters Foundation (for Blights Out)

2015.12    Grant recipient, Joan Mitchell Foundation (for Blights Out)

2015.10    Panelist, Juvenile in Justice Artist as Activist Symposium, University of New Orleans + Joan Mitchell Center + Ashé Cultural Arts Center, New Orleans, LA, US

2015.03    Participant, The Opportunity Agenda Creative Change Summit, New Orleans, LA, US

2015.02    Grant recipient, Platforms Fund, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts (for Blights Out)

2015.01    Panelist, How to Be, Prospect New Orleans, with Willie Birch, Gia Hamilton, Brandan Odums, Lisa Sigal and Nari Ward, Prospect.3: Notes for Now, New Orleans, LA, US

2014.04    Presenter, Latin American and European Meeting on Organization Studies (LAEMOS), Winner of Best Paper in Alternative Spaces/ Places of Organizing and nominated for Best in Conference for Performing Bare Life: Occupying the Liminal Space Between Civilization, 5th International Colloquium, Havana, Cuba

2014.01    Presenter and facilitator, global aCtIVISm Symposium, Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie (ZKM), Karlsruhe, DE

2012.02    Guest lecturer, Parsons The New School, Visiting Artist Lecture Series, with Noah Fischer for Occupy Museums, New York, NY, US


Selected Exhibitions, Projects, & Interventions

(Ongoing) Blights Out, Founding Cultural Activist, New Orleans, LA, US | a collaborative and creative model for development that shares the tools for residents of New Orleans to build the destinies of their own neighborhoods. (project)

(Ongoing) Occupy Museums, Member, various locations | An international artist-activist collective that organizes actions, interventions, and projects to challenge the commodification of culture and experiment with alternatives. (project)

(Ongoing) Debtfair, Co-Organizer, various locations | An experimental action-proposal from Occupy Museums to juxtapose art with artists’ debt by embedding art works into the walls of art fair booths and auctioning art works in artist debt “bundles”. (project)

(2016.02-2016.08) “Agitprop”, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY (exhibition as artist)

(2015.11-2016.01) “Debtfair”, Art League Houston, Houston, TX, US (exhibition as artist)

(2014.10-2015.01) “Prospect.3: Notes for Now”, Associate Curator, Prospect New Orleans, 18 venues, 58 artists, New Orleans, LA, US (exhibition as curator)    

(2014.10-12) )“Work It Out”, Momenta Art, New York, NY, US (exhibition as artist)

(2014.09.09) "Ritual Re-Branding of the David H. Koch Plaza on the Day of its Dedication", Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, US | An Occupy Museums durational ritual cleansing and rebranding of the formerly-public plaza bought by David Koch at the Met Museum. (intervention)

(2013.08) “Debtfair”, Abrons Art Center, New York, NY, US (exhibition as artist)

(2013-2014) “Winter Holiday Camp”, Center for Contemporary Art (CCA) Zamek Ujazdowski, Warsaw, PL | The interjection of a tactical pause in CAPITALIST TIME into the cultural institution, giving staff and public breathing room for organizing, dreaming, and healing amidst tension between administration, staff, and Ministry of Culture. Accepted into CCA permanent collection Dec. 2013. (project)

(2012.09-12) “7 Billion Bloombergs”, Momenta Art, Bushwick, NY, US | A gallery-turned-commons designed to investigate the limitations of art and culture dependent on private philanthropy, striated by competition, burdened by debt, and flipped as a financial asset class for speculation. (exhibition as artist)

(2012.05) "Un-Frieze", a “Free Art For Fair Exchange” intervention at Frieze Art Fair with a “Report Back” and discussion at Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York, NY, US (intervention)

(2012.03-05) “Wall Street to Main Street”, Co-Curator, multiple venues, Catskill, NY, US, organized by Green County Council for the Arts/ Masters on Main Street (exhibition as curator)

(2012.03) "Free Art for Fair Exchange", intervention at The Armory Show, New York, NY, US (intervention)



Antenna, New Orleans, LA, US. Director of Programs |(March 2016-Present)

What I Came To Mexico To Do..., LLC, Founder | Incubating projects and publications  from inspiration to action. (Feb 2015-Present)

Solitary Gardens, New Orleans, LA, US. Project Manager | Located at the intersection of public art, alternative land-use, and social sculpture, the project, imagined by artist Jackie Sumell, will utilize garden beds designed after 6’x9’ solitary cells as a physical platform for collaboration, education, and commiseration between persons subjected to indefinite solitary confinement and volunteers on the “outside”. (March 2015-January 2016)

Herman’s House, Concept, Design, and Publications Manager for The House That Herman Built, 3rd Ed., New Orleans, LA, US. Pub. April 2015. (2015.02-04)

Prospect New Orleans/ U.S. Biennial, Inc., New Orleans, LA, US. Curatorial Associate and Manager of Publications | Assisted with the conception and implementation of Prospect.3: Notes for Now, the third iteration of the largest international biennial of contemporary art in the United States, featuring 58 artist projects in more than 18 venues throughout New Orleans. Responsibilities: publication management of two exhibition catalogues (“Prospect.3: Notes for Now” and “Basquiat and the Bayou”); copy, edit, and ghost writing; curatorial assistance; artist project management; research; community outreach; VIP tours. (2014.03-2015.01)

Judd Foundation, New York, NY, US. Executive Assistant, Board Liaison, and Press Assistant | Assisted the Foundation through the historic restoration and public opening of 101 Spring Street, the permanently-installed SoHo home and studio of Donald Judd. Responsibilities: event, program, and project management, including MoMA and Parsons Art+Design Lecture Series; Assistant Manager of Guided Visit Program, including VIP tours; research on and reinstallation of the collection; copy, edit and design of promotional, press and other printed materials to brand using Adobe CS; website design and maintenance; Internship Program; rights and reproduction; photography. (2010.10-2013.09)

SculptureCenter, New York, NY, US. Curatorial Intern | Reviewed and critiqued submissions for SculptureCenter’s 2010 In Practice Open Call for artists. (2010.05-09)

Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA), New York, NY, US. Intern | Front desk, sales, and gallery assistance. Coordinated the 8th Annual KidFlix Film Festival. (2008.06-08)



Numerous manifestoes of Occupy Museums actions. List available upon request (2011-Present)

Ashe to Amen: The Enduring Spirituality of People of African Descent in New Orleans, Ashé Cultural Arts Center/ Efforts of Grace, Inc., New Orleans, United States, December 2015

The House That Herman Built, Merz & Solitude, Stuttgart, DE, June 2014

“The girls are more than all right” Q&A in INVADE, Zine No. 003, 2014

“Mary Ellen Carroll”, “Pieter Hugo”, “The Propeller Group and Christopher Myers”, and “David Zink-Yi” in Prospect.3: Notes for Now, Prestel Publishing (catalogue essays), 2014

“Performing Bare Life: Occupying the Liminality between Civilizations,” Krytyka Polityczna, Special German ed. prepared for “global aCtIVISm”, Karlsruhe, Germany, 2014

“Private Collection of Jill and Peter Kraus,” collection catalogue, Alliance Bernstein, 2012

“Occupy Museums”, Artists & Activists 18, Printed Matter, Inc., 2012

Untitled photographs, Human Rights in a Global Context,, 2.1.5, and 3.2, Educatis: CH, 2010

“Louisiana’s Vital Wetlands”, The Washington Post, 25 July 2009: A16

“Where There’s Smoke”, Logos, Spring 2006: 26


Selected Press

“Making Museums Moral Again”, Cotter, Holland. New York Times, 17 Mar. 2016

“The best art of 2015”, Cotter, Holland and Smith, Roberta. The New York Times, 9 Dec. 2015

“Protesters Denounce Met Museum’s New Koch Plaza[...]”, ArtForum, 12 Sep. 2014

“In Response to Controversial Funder, Protestors Rechristen Met Museum Plaza”, Hyperallergic, 10 Sep. 2014

“System nas wykorzystuje” trans: “The System uses us,” interview with Iwo Zmyslony, Dwutygodnik, 9-12 Dec. 2013 (in Polish)

“Dlaczego decyduje tylko 1 procent?” trans: “Why Choose Only 1 Percent?”, Krytyka Polityczna, 10 Oct. 2013 (in Polish)

“The 10 most exciting events in Polish art”, Obieg, 2013 (in Polish)

“Get Ready for DebtFair where Collectors Can Buy Works while Paying Off Artist Debt”, Artinfo, 31 Jul. 2013

“Why DebtFair? On Outing Debt and the Mutual Aid Economy” ArtFCity, 19 Jul. 2013

“Occupy Museums Calls on Deans to Support Debtfair[...]” Popular Resistance, 13 Jul. 2013

“Here Comes DebtFair, a Market for Art Inequality Across the City,” The Village Voice, 7 May 2013

“Is it time to blow up the art fair model?” Hyperallergic, 7 May 2013

“Occupy Berlin: Occupy Museum Movement,” REVOLT, Vol. 1 Issue 3, 2013

“Occupy Art”, Reuters, 19 Nov. 2012

“The Big Trouble with Bloomberg at Momenta Art, Art Fag City, 3 Oct. 2012

“The Occupy Effect on Contemporary Art”, Translocal, Sep. 2012

“An Occupied Biennial”, Frieze DE 26 Jun. 2012

“Occupy Wall Street joins protests against Frieze New York”, The Art Newspaper, 18 Apr. 2012

“Occupy Wall Street targets Frieze art fair in New York” LA Times, Apr. 2012

“Frieze NY Targeted by Occupy Museums”, ArtInfo, Apr. 2012

“Occupy pledges to ‘unfrieze’ art fair,’ The Financial Times, 4 May 2012

“London’s big deal art fair hits New York; Occupy hits back,” The Villiage Voice, 2 May 2012

“London Frieze braves backlash to fly the flag of British culture in Manhattan,” The Guardian, 28 Apr. 2012



National Organization of Minority Architects, Visual AIDS, Exit Art, Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Sandy, Prospect New Orleans, SculptureCenter, Open Society Institute



Educational and professional travel to: Belize, Brazil, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Cuba, UK, France, Germany, Guatemala, India, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Senegal, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, UAE



web and print | Adobe Creative Suite; web design; WordPress; publication concept and page 6 design;

graphic design; copy-writing and editing; brand management; Microsoft Office Suite; eTapestry

language | conversational and written Spanish and French

artistic | curating; creative writing; drafsmanship; photography; woodshop; metalshop

interpersonal | grassroots organizing; facilitation; team leadership; project management