Trevor Schoonmaker is the Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Curator of Contemporary Art at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. He has been instrumental in building the Nasher Museum's collection of contemporary art, including significant acquisitions by Barkley L. Hendricks, Christian Marclay, Kerry James Marshall, Dario Robleto, Kara Walker and Fred Wilson. Schoonmaker is currently organizing a solo exhibition with Kenyan-born artist Wangechi Mutu, which will be the first survey of her work in the US and her most comprehensive and experimental show to date.
Among other exhibitions he has organized are the international group exhibition ‘The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl’ (2010), which traveled to the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, the Miami Art Museum, and will complete its tour at the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle in fall 2012; ‘Barkley L. Hendricks: Birth of the Cool’ (2008), which toured to the Studio Museum in Harlem, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and Contemporary Art Museum in Houston; and ‘Street Level: Mark Bradford, William Cordova & Robin Rhode’ (2007), which also traveled to the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans and the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston.
Prior to joining the Nasher Museum he organized numerous exhibitions including ‘Black President: The Art and Legacy of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti’ at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York (2003), which traveled to the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, Barbican Centre in London, and the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati. Other exhibitions include ‘The Beautiful Game: Contemporary Art and Fútbol’ (2006), ‘Propeller’ (2005), ‘Living for the City’ (2005), ‘DTroit’ (2003-2004), and ‘The Magic City’ (2000).
Schoonmaker is the editor of several exhibition catalogues as well as the book ‘Fela: From West Africa to West Broadway’ (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003). He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.