Taylor Renee Aldridge is a writer and an independent curator who has dedicated much of her early career to documenting inequities that exist throughout the “art world.” In 2015, along with art critic Jessica Lynne, she co-founded ARTS.BLACK, a journal of art criticism from Black perspectives.

As Taylor continues to examine dynamics of power and ethics in the arts, she is concurrently pivoting toward queries that concern performance, pleasure, Blackness, and queering of the sacred.

Taylor has held a curatorial position at the Detroit Institute of Arts where she co-curated the exhibition "Making Home: Contemporary Works from the DIA," which included work by Carrie Mae Weems, Charles McGee, Lorna Simpson, Tyree Guyton and Jane Hammond. She has worked at the N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art, the Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art, and The National Museum of American History as a Goldman Sachs Junior Fellow.

Taylor is the 2016 recipient of The Andy Warhol Foundation Creative Capital Arts Writers Grant for Short Form Writing and has written for Art21, ARTNews, ContemporaryAnd, Detroit MetroTimes, SFMoMA’s Open Space and Hyperallergic. Taylor is a recent recipient of the 2019 Rabkin Foundation Award for Art Journalism. She has earned a M.L.A from Harvard University with a concentration in Museum Studies and B.A from Howard University with a concentration in Art History.

Current Projects

Taylor has worked as a researcher for the current exhibition on view now at the Cranbrook Art Museum, entitled Landlord Colors: On Art, Economy and Materiality. She is a contributor to the exhibition catalogue (which can be purchased here). And she is the co-curator of the public program component of the exhibition, Material Detroit, which will be presented during the Summer of 2019 in the metro-Detroit area.

In September 2019, Taylor will curate an exhibition of work by performance artist and dancer Jennifer Harge at the Detroit Artist Market, entitled FLY | DROWN. FLY | DROWN, through performance, installation, and a series of salon discussions, celebrates the architectural renderings of Black domestic spaces and how they are utilized to enable fellowship, grieving, pleasure and archive building. And furthermore, the project examines how queerness is engendered in such spaces. The performances, carried out by Harge, will embody corporeal experiences that Black womxn encounter as they traverse between public spaces and private home interiors.

*Taylor is currently in her Saturn return.* At this moment, she enjoys talking about death, lamentation, pleasure, astrology, Black churchicality, ebbing, Beyonce, elders, meditation, and methods for engaging in haptics.