Photo by Melissa Blackall

John Chaich

John Chaich is an independent curator and designer interested in otherness, materiality, and communication. He has curated a range of traveling exhibitions including Mixed Messages: A(I)DS, Art, and Words, produced for Visual AIDS at La MaMa Galleria, New York, and Transformer, Washington, DC; Queer Threads: Crafting Identity & Community at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York, the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, the Mills Gallery at the Boston Center for the Arts, and the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles; Vivek Shraya: Trisha at the Ace Hotel New York; Queering the BiblioObject at the Center for Book Arts; and Shaun Leonardo: The Breath of Empty Space at MICA, MASS MOCA, and the Bronx Museum of the Arts. With Todd Oldham, he edited the coffee table book Queer Threads, which received the American Library Association’s 2018 Israel Fishman Non-FictionAward. Chaich received his MFA in Communications Design from Pratt Institute, NY, where he is a visiting instructor.

At Boston Center for the Arts (BCA), John Chaich curated Catalina Schliebener: Growing Sideways, in which dozens of drawings-on-collage framed the Mills Gallery space to culminate in a site-specific, floor-to-ceiling installation growing across two- and three- dimensional surfaces and creating a disjointed narrative exploring gender formation and erotic curiosity.