Julie Crooks

Curator, Arts of Global Africa and the Diaspora

Selected AGO exhibitions:
Mickalene Thomas: Femmes Noires (2018)
Free. Black. North (2017)
Women in Focus Collection Rotations (2017-ongoing)

Background: Prior to joining the AGO in 2017, Julie Crooks curated exhibitions for many organizations including BAND (Black Artists Networks in Dialogue) and the Royal Ontario Museum’s Of Africa project. She holds a PhD from the Department of History of Art and Archaeology at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, U.K. Crooks’s area of specialty is vernacular photography of West Africa and the diaspora.


Sophie Hackett

Curator, Photography

Selected AGO exhibitions:
Diane Arbus: Photographs, 1956-1971 (2020)
Anthropocene (2018)
Outsiders: American Photography and Film, 1950s-1980s (2016)
Thomas Ruff: Object Relations (2016)
Introducing Suzy Lake (2014)

Background: Sophie Hackett has been a member of the AGO’s department of photography since 2006. During her tenure she has curated numerous exhibitions and collection reinstallations, written and contributed to countless publications, participated on international juries and maintained an active academic profile. She was a Graduate Intern at the J. Paul Getty Museum in its department of photographs, and completed a Master’s Degree in Visual Art at the University of Chicago. She is currently an adjunct faculty member in Ryerson University’s Master’s degree program in Film + Photography Preservation and Collections Management, and was a 2017 Fellow with the Center for Curatorial Leadership. Hackett’s area of specialty is 19th and 20th century vernacular photography.


Alexa Greist

Associate Curator and R. Fraser Elliott Chair, Prints & Drawings

Selected AGO exhibitions:
Everyday People WT (2020)
Mail Art, Break the Rules: The Shit Must Stop Portfolio (2019)
French Prints of the 1890s (2017)
Rise of the Rock Poster and the Summer of Love (2017)

Background: Prior to joining the AGO in 2016, Alexa Greist held curatorial positions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Yale University Art Gallery. She holds a Ph.D from the University of Pennsylvania focused on Italian printed drawing books, and a Master’s degree, also from the University of Pennsylvania, with a M.A. thesis on the early drawings of Joseph Stella. Greist’s area of specialty is Italian Renaissance and Baroque prints and drawings.



Jim Shedden

Manager, Publishing

Selected AGO exhibitions:
Everyday People WT (2020)
Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters (2017)
Outsiders: American Photography and Film, 1950s-1980s (2016)

Background: Jim Shedden has held various roles in the AGO’s curatorial, programming and publishing departments since 1988, with a 12-year hiatus when he was Vice-President and Creative Producer at Bruce Mau Design. He holds a Master’s Degree in political science and a Bachelor’s Degree in philosophy and political science, both from the University of Toronto. Shedden’s areas of specialty include film, music, popular culture, and publishing.  


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