Since 1999 Brooke Davis Anderson has been director and curator of The Contemporary Center of the American Folk Art Museum. She is responsible for the care and cultivation of the contemporary objects by self-taught artists in the permanent collection as well as for new acquisitions and exhibitions about the art of our time. She is also involved with programming and collaborative initiatives of The Contemporary Center and its special division, The Henry Darger Study Center, for which she arranges exhibitions and educational programs around this important collection of paintings and archival material.
Ms. Anderson is curator of the current exhibition Concrete Kingdom: Sculptures by Nek Chand, the first in the museum's history to highlight the artwork of an Indian artist. Her previous exhibition Obsessive Drawing (2005-06) received great critical attention. She was co-curator of Ancestry and Innovation: African American Art from the Collection of the American Folk Art Museum (2005) and Folk Art Revealed (2004-06) as well as American Anthem (2001). She oversaw the exhibitions Tools of Her Ministry: The Art
of Sister Gertrude Morgan (2004), St. Adolph-Giant-Creation: The Art of Adolf Wolfli (2003), ABCD: A Collection of Art Brut (2001), and The Art of William Edmondson (2000). She organized the inaugural exhibition in the museum's new building Darger: The Henry Darger Collection at the American Folk Art Museum as well as Studies and Sketches: Henry Darger (2001). She is the author of numerous articles
and books about contemporary self-taught artists and their work and has lectured extensively throughout the U.S, Europe, and New Zealand.
From 1992-1999, Ms. Anderson was director of Diggs Gallery and Assistant
Professor at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU, a historically black
university in North Carolina), where she curated numerous exhibitions,
notably Forget-Me-Not: The Art &
Mystery of Memory Jugs. In 1999 she was honored by WSSU with the
establishment of an endowment in her name.
Brooke Anderson is particularly interested in racial equity in the arts,
inclusion of self-taught artists and their work into mainstream art
conversation, and the museum audience. She is also committed to presenting
the work of important international
self-taught artists. Ms. Anderson attended Bennington College, holds a B.A. from Hartwick College and an M.A. in Folk Art Studies from New York