Howie Chen is a New York–based curator involved in collaborative art production and research. Chen is a founder of Dispatch, a curatorial production office and project space founded in New York City, later transitioning to a peripatetic exhibition model. He has organized exhibitions and programs at the Whitney Museum of American Art, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, The Kitchen, Circuit (Switzerland), IMO (Copenhagen) among others.
In 2003, with artist Mika Tajima, he formed New Humans, a moniker for collaborations with musicians, artists and designers. New Humans was included in the 2008 Whitney Biennial—a collaboration with Vito Acconci and musician C. Spencer Yeh—and more recently projects at SFMOMA and South London Gallery with collaborator Charles Atlas.
In 2010, Chen co-founded JEQU, a research project to assess how sociological and cultural economic approaches to art world debates can augment artistic critique. Past program presentations include a lecture by Olav Velthuis, seminar with Luc Boltanski, and exhibitions at USC Roski School of Fine Art and Formalist Sidewalk Poetry Club. The collaborative publication, JEQU: IRL (2013), is available through Primary Information.
Chen is a founding partner in Chen & Lampert, a based creative consulting and artistic management firm based in New York City delivering targeted strategies and incisive solutions to every level of the art world paradigm.
He holds a degree in economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and attended the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program as a Helena Rubinstein Curatorial Fellow. Chen is a board member of W.A.G.E. (Working Artists and the Greater Economy). He is currently teaching critical theory at the New York University Steinhardt School and Parsons The New School for Design. He is a lecturer and research affiliate at the Art, Culture and Technology program at MIT .
Chen is currently The Jane Farver Memorial curator in residence at the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP).
Formalist Sidewalk Poetry Club
Chen & Lampert