Souleo has curated events in collaboration with noteworthy institutions and brands including Museum of Arts and Design, Columbia University, New York Public Library, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and Newark Museum of Art (where he formerly served as the manager of public programs).
Check out this highlight reel for the event, Art Smith: Jewelry, Jazz & Jete. The event celebrated the modernist jeweler Art Smith. In honor of Smith, jazz singer Lezlie Harrison performed a special selection of songs that embody the spirit of Smith’s work. The evening also featured a modern dance performance by Kevin Boseman set to recordings of Art Smith’s recollections of his life and work, a screening of a short profile of the jeweler from the PBS series Craft in America, and a conversation with jewelry expert Sebastian Grant on Smith’s artistic inspirations and legacy.
Full audio recording of the event is available upon request.
Check out this highlight reel for the virtual event Durag Assembly. The event explored themes within and inspired by the monumental durag installation created by MAD’s 2019 Artist Fellow Anthony Olubunmi Akinbola for the exhibition Local Import. Akinbola and a lineup of special guests, discussed the history of the durag, its cultural relevance, and how the durag continues to serve as inspiration for creatives.
Check out this recording of the event, Night in the Library: The Philosophy of Hip-Hop. Souleo guest curated and hosted a portion of the event including a conversation with Dapper Dan and April Walker and pop-up fashion shows featuring designs and wearable art by Dapper Dan, Walker Wear, Moshood, Triple T-shirts by Beau McCall, and Hubane.
Check out this highlight reel for The People's Ball held at the Brooklyn Public Library. Souleo guest curated and co-hosted the People's Heroes Awards segment honoring Dapper Dan, Pat Cleveland, April Walker, Cindy Campbell, Asmeret Berhe-Lomax, and Aura Mejia.
Check out what NY1 had to say about The People's Ball. Souleo guest curated a portion of the event including a pop-up exhibition celebrating the Grandassa Models and Harlem Institute of Fashion. Plus, he served as a runway commentator and guest judge for the fashion competition.
Check out this recording of the event Black is Beautiful: 60th Anniversary of the Transformative Fashion Show, Naturally ‘62.
Check out this recording of the event, The Big Anniversary: Fort Greene’s Soul Summit Music Festival Turns 20.
Check out this recording of the event, Showing Out: Fashion in Harlem. The talk celebrated the Harlem Institute of Fashion and included a mini-runway show. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition, Showing Out: Fashion in Harlem.
Check out this clip from the event Talks at he Schomburg: Ntozake Shange, presented in conjunction with the exhibition, i found god in myself: a celebration of Ntozake Shange's for colored girls...
Check out this recording of the virtual event, STUFF celebrating Dianne Smith’s installation in the lobby of Barnard College’s Milstein Center, and pay tribute to the 45th anniversary Broadway debut of Ntozake Shange's ('70) groundbreaking work, for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf.
Check out this recording of the virtual event, God is a Dandy! The event was a virtual mini-symposium on Black dandyism, generally defined as a style of dress that combines African Diasporan elements with European influences. Inspired by artist, Jerry Gant.
Check out this recording of the virtual event, LGBTQ+ Lessons on Creativity and Connecting Generations. The event highlighted how creativity and intergenerational connections can help us to answer the following questions: How can creativity help us address life’s challenges? How can intergenerational relationships keep the creative juices flowing? What are the most creative solutions to the epidemic of loneliness and social isolation among older and younger adults? Particularly, what can we learn from the LGBTQ+ community on National Coming Out Day?
Check out this highlight reel for the event Late Thursdays: FEMPower.
Check out this highlight reel for the event Late Thursdays: For Freedoms.
Artists Adrienne Wheeler and Adebunmi Gbadebo talk about the role their mothers Elizabeth Wheeler and Brenda Ravenell played in their personal and professional development.
Wednesday, September 6, 2023
at 12 PM PST / 3 PM EST
Meet the muses for Kehinde Wiley including Ndey Buri & Babacar Mane. Plus art historian, Ruth Millington. Moderated by guest curator, Souleo.