Vivian Crockett is a Brazilian-American researcher, scholar, and curator focusing largely on modern and contemporary art of African diasporas, (Afro)Latinx diasporas, and the Americas at the varied intersections of race, gender, and queer theory. She is a PhD candidate in art history at Columbia University completing a dissertation on the participatory and film-based work produced by two Brazilian artists, Hélio Oiticica and Lygia Pape, in the late 1960s through the 1970s.
Crockett has previously worked at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art as a research associate in the museum’s Painting and Sculpture department and had been working independently with various institutions since 2015. Her curatorial projects include Visual AIDS’ 2017 Day With(out) Art: Alternate Endings, Radical Beginnings, co-curated with Erin Christovale, which premiered at the Whitney in December 2017 and screened at over 120 national and international venues. She has published exhibition catalogue texts for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Studio Museum in Harlem, Leslie-Lohman Museum and MASP (Museu de Arte de São Paulo), among others.
Crockett was the 2017–18 Mellon Museum Research Consortium Fellow in Media and Performance Art at the Museum of Modern Art, New York and a Joan Tisch Teaching Fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art from 2018 to early 2020. She is currently The Nancy and Tim Hanley Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the Dallas Museum of Art. Since joining the DMA, she has co-curated two permanent collection exhibitions and curated a project exhibition with Jammie Holmes.