Hendrik Folkerts is the Dittmer Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Art Institute of Chicago. His recent exhibitions include Malangatana: Mozambique Modern (2020), with Felicia Mings and Constantine Petridis; Vaginal Davis: The White to be Angry (2020), with Solveig Nelson; Anne Imhof: Sex (2019); and Mounira Al Solh: I strongly believe in our right to be frivolous (2018), with Jordan Carter. He spearheaded the museum’s new Iterations series of performance commissions, a multiyear initiative presenting works by Alexandra Bachzetsis, Cevdet Erek, Paulina Olowska, and Cally Spooner, among others.
Before joining the Art Institute in 2017, Folkerts was curator of documenta 14 and served in Amsterdam as both curator of performance, film, and discursive programs at the Stedelijk Museum and coordinator of the curatorial programme at the De Appel arts centre. A frequently published scholar and critic, he earned both his bachelor and master’s degrees in art history from the University of Amsterdam.