Hamza Walker is a very talented, extraordinary art curator. The New York Times has also labeled him one of seven most influential curators in the country (Salewski 38). Having an eye for contemporary and literal art Hamza Walker is a highly sought after curator. Born in New York City, Walker later moved to Baltimore, where he describes himself to be a very troubled teen. Walker became an art history major, and found a love-hate relationship with contemporary art. Hamza never thought he’d be a curator until after college. He networked, and became a member of the Chicago art community. He volunteered at the former Randolph Street Gallery, and worked at Chicago’s Department for Cultural Affairs (Salewski 39). In 1994 is when Hamza Walker joined the Renaissance Society. It is there that Walker serves as the Director of Education for the Renaissance Society. The New York Times called Walker, “one of the museum world’s most talented essayists” (Salewski 39). This is a praise he doesn’t take to heart, but accepts it pessimistically. In Sibylle Salewski’s interview with Walker, he stressed the fact that he doesn’t particularly like narrative art. He stated to Salewski, “I want my shows to function critically.”
Walker’s presents in the art community has been praised and recognized by many prestigious honorees. Walker’s 2008 show Black Is, Black Ain’t symbolized importance to African-American artist. Walker is the recipient for the 1999 Norton Curatorial Grant and the 2004 Walter Hopps Award. He was also awarded the 2010 Ordway Prize, which is awarded by the New Museum (Artadia).
Hamza Walker has gone on to expand his talents nationally and internationally. Walker has been curating for the Renaissance Society for almost twenty-two years now. His most recent exhibition was in 2014 called Teen Paranormal Romance. This show was inspired by Walker’s search for a book (Lampe). Hamza was looking all over for a book his teenage daughter asked him to buy. This inspired him to create his latest show title that aimed at a certain demographic.
Walker’s most recent show is approaching. Hamza Walker was just named to be one of the curators for the Made in L.A. exhibition. The exhibition will be at the Hammer Museum in Loa Angeles, California. Both Hamza Walker and Amar Moshayedi will be curating this show. The show is scheduled to from June 2016 to September 2016.