Joy Bivins

Joy Bivins

Joy Bivins, Chief Curator

Joy Bivins serves as the International African American Museum’s Chief Curator.

Prior to coming on board at the IAAM, Bivins served as the Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Chicago History Museum, where she collaborated on numerous exhibitions including Teen Chicago; the Chicago installation of Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America; Facing Freedom in America; and Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair. She co-edited the Inspiring Beauty catalog and has contributed to the Journal of American History, Chicago History, and NKA: Journal of Contemporary African Art.

A native Chicagoan, Ms. Bivins earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Afro American Studies and History from the University of Michigan and a Master’s Degree in Africana Studies from Cornell University.