UMMA Curator Makes the Case for ‘Haunting’ Museum Exhibitions

UMMA Curator Makes the Case for ‘Haunting’ Museum Exhibitions

Ozi Uduma, Assistant Curator for Global Contemporary Art at UMMA, was recently part of the Museum Professionals Seminar hosted by the Studio Museum Harlem. As part of the event, she and three other Black museum professionals wrote essays about decolonizing the curatorial process.

Uduma’s piece, which is linked below, makes the case for museums confronting their colonial histories head-on. She uses the current UMMA exhibition Unsettling Histories as an example.


When asked what I hope people will walk away with once the exhibition opens, all I could say was ‘to be haunted, to sit with this unsettling history, and to bear witness'.

Ozi Uduma

Read the full essay on the Studio Museum, Brooklyn website. Other contributors included: Jenée-Daria Strand (she/her, a master's student at New York University), Anisa Jackson, (they/them, a PhD candidate at NYU), and David Jones (he/him, a master's student at York University in Canada).

Read the Essay Here

Unsettling Histories

Explore Ozi Uduma’s recent UMMA exhibition Unsettling Histories: Legacies of Slavery and Colonialism

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Titus Kaphar
Flay (James Madison)
oil on canvas with nails
Museum purchase made possible by Joseph and Annette Allen