Charlotte Ickes

dark haired woman in a blue sirt and blazer
Charlotte Ickes / Photo by Nathan Keay

Curator of Time-Based Media and Special Projects

Charlotte Ickes is an art historian and curator of time-based media art and special projects at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. She is currently organizing a commissioned performance by artist Maren Hassinger and co-curating (with Saisha Grayson and Marina Isgro) Viewfinder: Women’s Film and Video from the Smithsonian, a yearlong virtual screening and conversation series supported by the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative. Previously the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, she has held fellowship appointments at the Whitney Independent Study Program, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Institute of Contemporary Art (Philadelphia).

Ickes has curated and co-curated exhibitions and public programs at multiple institutions and cultural spaces, including the Institute of Contemporary Art (Philadelphia), Slought, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Anthology Film Archives, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Ickes received her BA from Yale University and her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania.

Her writing has appeared in American Art, Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory, and several exhibition catalogues, including Descent (2016), Ginny Casey & Jessi Reaves (2017), and Anna Kunz: Color Cast (forthcoming).