When Rujeko Hockley joined the Whitney last spring, the museum’s chief curator hailed her as one of “the brightest and most passionate curatorial voices of [her] generation.” A lot to live up to, perhaps, but Rujeko was fresh from co-curating a major exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum (“We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965-85”) and up for the challenge. A few weeks ago, she hosted us in her Brooklyn apartment to talk about quarter-life crises, fending off impostor syndrome, and the next phase of her blossoming career.
Sometimes I’m like, ‘Wow, how did this happen?’ But most of the time I’m just writing and reading and answering emails and talking to artists, and it’s not very glamorous. There’s always more work to do. There’s always more to be read, to be looked at—that’s not something that ends.
Think of yourself as a host, not a guest. That means you should feel empowered to be where you are, and not feel like an outsider... You belong there. There is no wrong place, or wrong setting.