Monique Long is an independent curator of contemporary visual art and performance. Her interests include interdisciplinary practices, popular culture, and art that addresses political and social issues. Her forthcoming exhibition, Elegies: Still Lifes in Contemporary Art  at the Museum of African Diaspora in San Franciscowill showcase works by contemporary artists who primarily portray the figure but have turned to still lifes in order to recast the style of painting into an existential exploration.
Her first project as an independent curator was a critically acclaimed solo exhibition and book for painter Elizabeth Colomba. The focus of the exhibition, titled The Moon is my only luxury, was a survey of her portraits of women from 1997 to the present.
Prior, Monique held curatorial positions at New York institutions including The Studio Museum in Harlem and the Museum of Arts and Design. Monique is also a contributor to ArtNews, Document Journal, and Ubikwist Magazine. She lives and works in New York City.

Still Life by Jennifer Packer. Say Her Name, 2017 Oil on canvas 48×40 inches. Courtesy the artist and Sikkema Jenkins

A favorite painting ~ Kerry James Marshall’s ‘Watts’