Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi is a Nigerian artist, art historian, and curator, currently Curator of African art at Cleveland Museum of Art. He was raised in Enugu and studied under sculptor El Anatsui at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, before traveling as an artist and curator. In the United States, he completed his doctorate at Emory University in 2013 and became the curator of African art at Dartmouth College's Hood Museum of Art. In 2017, he moved to the Cleveland Museum of Art. Nzewi has curated the Nigerian Afrika Heritage Biennial three times, the Dak'Art biennial in 2014, and independent exhibitions at Atlanta's High Museum of Art and New York's Richard Taittinger Gallery.
On July 22, 2019, he will join The Museum of Modern Art, New York, as the first Steven and Lisa Tananbaum Curator.
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