Karen Archey is Curator of Contemporary Art, Time-based Media at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. She is an American curator and art critic formerly based in Berlin and New York, and a 2015 Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant recipient for short-form writing. Since joining the Stedelijk Museum in April 2017, Archey has organized solo exhibitions by artists Rineke Dijkstra, Stefan Tcherepnin, Catherine Christer Hennix, and Metahaven, as well as the latest edition of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam’s biannual Municipal Art Acquisitions, titled Freedom of Movement. She heads the Stedelijk’s research initiative on the conservation, acquisition and display of time-based media and also coordinates the museum’s performance program, recently commissioning new works by Ann Hirsch, Alicia Frankovich and artist collective CFGNY.
Archey previously worked as an independent curator and editor for the New York-based organization e-flux. In 2014, she organized with Robin Peckham the exhibition “Art Post-Internet” at Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing. Archey frequently gives lectures on topics ranging from feminism, art and technology to collecting time-based media.