Ian Alden Russell is a contemporary art curator from the EU and the US. He currently holds the post of Artistic Director and Chief Curator with K11 in China. Previously, he was Curator of Brown University’s David Winton Bell Gallery and Lecturer in the Rhode Island School of Design’s Glass Department. He has also held the post of Assistant Professor of Curating and Contemporary Art at Koç University in Istanbul, Turkey.

Recent exhibitions include On Protest, Art and Activism featuring Paul Chan with Badlands Unlimited, Hermine Freed, Ja’Tovia Gary, Theaster Gates, Guerrilla Girls, Josephine Meckseper, Howardena Pindell, Suzanne Lacy, Martha Rosler and Dread Scott, Melvin Edwards’s Festivals, Funerals, and New Life featuring works by Jayne Cortez, Pierre Huyghe’s Untitled (Human Mask), Artpace San Antonio’s 2015 International-Artist-in-Residence program, the Brown University 250th Anniversary Alumni Exhibitions featuring Taryn Simon, Paul Ramirez Jonas, Kerry Tribe, Sarah Morris, Rob Reynolds and Dawn Clements and the premiers of Mark Dion’s Against the Current, Fatma Bucak’s And men turned their faces from there, Vincent Valdez’s The Strangest Fruit and Wafaa Bilal’s The Ashes Series

Previous projects include Project Development Consultant for Tania Bruguera’s commission for the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern, contributions to the Safina Radio Project at the 56th Venice Biennale, researcher for “Socially Engaged Art Practices and Education in Contemporary Discourse” at UNIDEE, Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto, An Innocent City in Istanbul, Turkey responding to Orhan Pamuk’s Museum of Innocence and Sean Lynch’s Clanbrassil Street ‘Zines and Ursula Rani Sarma’s Home Project both in Dublin, Ireland

He has been a visiting critic at the Rhode Island School of Design, School of Visual Arts New York and University of Texas, Austin, and he has been invited to give lectures at the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Columbia University, Contemporary Istanbul, Fudan University in Shanghai, Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, Harvard University, New York University, Stanford University, University of Cambridge, University of Shanghai, University of Texas, Austin and Williams College. His writings have been published by Cambridge University Press, Cittadellarte, deCordova Museum & Sculpture Park, Lars Muller Publishers, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Oxford University Press, Springer-Kluwer and Yapı Kredi Publishers.

Born in Richmond, Virginia and educated in Ireland, he holds a Ph.D. in History from Trinity College Dublin and has held fellowships at Brown University, University of Notre Dame and University College Dublin. He is currently based in Hong Kong.