Hired in 2006 as its first contemporary art curator, he has been instrumental in shaping the museum’s curatorial vision and contemporary art collection. His Nasher Museum exhibitions include “Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art,” co-curated with Miranda Lash of the Speed Art Museum (2016); “Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey”(2013); “The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl” (2010); “Barkley L. Hendricks: Birth of the Cool” (2008); and “Street Level: Mark Bradford, William Cordova & Robin Rhode” (2007). Prior to joining the Nasher Museum, Schoonmaker’s exhibitions included “The Beautiful Game: Contemporary Art and Fútbol,” co-curated with Franklin Sirmans (2006); “DTroit” (2003); and “Black President: The Art and Legacy of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti” (2003). He is the editor of several exhibition catalogues as well as the book Fela: From West Africa to West Broadway (2003). In 2001, he cofounded New York’s first Afrobeat club night Jump N Funk with DJ Rich Medina.
Talks provides direct access to the top curators and ideas driving contemporary art today, through a year-long series of conversations presented by Locust Projects and ArtCenter/South Florida. During intimate conversations, the six arts leaders featured in 2018 will talk about their curatorial vision and practice, the art and artists that have shaped their careers, and how they support the work of artists whether in museums or non-traditional spaces. Each will also visit the studios of local artists, providing feedback and visibility that can build a bridge between artists working in Miami and the international cultural community. Talks is the first partnership between nonprofits Locust Projects and ArtCenter/South Florida, two of the city’s most venerable cultural institutions, coming together under new leadership to provide artist-centered programming.