Christopher Blay is the Chief Curator of the Houston Museum of African American
Culture. The Liberian-born American artist, curator, and writer was the News Editor at
Glasstire Magazine from 2019 – 2021 and served as curator for the Art Corridor
Galleries at Tarrant County College in Fort Worth for the ten years prior to Glasstire.
Blay has been a guest lecturer at Numerous Texas universities, museums, galleries, and
Blay’s writing credit includes art criticism, Op-Ed essays, and interviews for Art in
America Magazine, Glasstire Magazine, and the Fort Worth Weekly. His essays were
featured in the spring 2022 issue of Nasher Sculpture Center Magazine, twice in Art in
America Magazine (Fall/2022 on artist Julie Speed, and Fall, 2021 on artist Jammie
Holmes), and catalog essays for the October 2022 exhibition of artist Richard Prince at
the Kapardis Collection in Dallas, as well as for 2022 Texas Artist of the Year catalog for
artist Letitia Huckaby.
Blay has spoken at length about his work at the Menil Collection (May, 2022 panel
“Collection Close-Up: Bruce Davidson’s Photographs”), The Dallas Museum of Art, The
Kimbell Art Museum (Artist’s Eye Program,) SMU Meadows Museum, as panel
moderator for Noor Images’ panel “Agency and Authorship: Approaches to Visual
Storytelling,” “Creative Conversations: Mark Sealy with Christopher Blay on
Photography: Race, Rights, and Representation,” for Houston’s FotoFest Biennial,
2022, and the Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth( a panel discussion on the mural
boom in Fort Worth). His public lectures have also included Texas A&M University in
2021, New Cities, Future Ruins, presented by Southern Methodist University in Dallas
in November 2016, and the Texas Society of Architects convention in Houston in 2014.
Blay will be in conversation with artist William Kentridge on September 10, 2023, at the
Museum of Fine Arts Houston where Kentridge’s work is currently on view.
Blay has served as Juror for the Nasher Sculpture Center, Southern Methodist
University Meadows Museum’s Moss/Chumley award, Big Medium’s Tito’s Prize, as well
as numerous University gallery exhibitions including the recent student exhibitions at
Texas State University in San Marcos, portfolio reviews at the International Center for
Photography, and the Juried Members exhibition of the South Central Chapter of the
Society for Photographic Education in Dallas. As an artist, Blay uses photography, video, sculpture, and performance in exhibitions, and his work considers the Black experience in America.
His exhibitions and public art projects follow the themes of the Black experience and
include the ongoing East Rosedale Monument Project in Fort Worth, Texas, and Dindi
(for Annibel) in Dallas’ Coombs Creek Park near Oak Cliff. Blay’s work is the focus of a
Summer 2023 commission at the Ion Building, Dallas, and as one of three featured
artists in the 2023 ArtPrize art fair in Grand Rapids Michigan. His recent solo
exhibitions include Christopher Blay: SpLaVCe Program at the studios at Crowley
Theater in Marfa, 2023, and Christopher Blay: SpLaVCe Ship at the Barry Whistler
Gallery in Dallas in 2022. Blay’s other exhibitions include Future Power: Traps and
Targets, at the St. George Hotel in Marfa, Texas (Spring, 2022) The Amarillo Biennial
(Spring, 2022) and Christopher Blay: Power, Traps, and Targets, at Big Medium
gallery, Austin, 2021. Blay is a 2003 Graduate of Texas Christian University with a BFA
in Photography and a minor in Art History.