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Whitney Museum curator Shamim Momin with artist Dash Snow at the 2006 Whitney Biennial
Photo by Mary Barone
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by Julia Morton

One imagines that Whitney Museum founder Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney would have stopped to listen as Shamim Momin, the sharp-eyed and chicly dressed associate curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art, stepped up to the lectern at the New York Studio School, the speaker at the school’s weekly lecture series on Oct. 10, 2007. Momin pulled her silver-ringed fingers back through her long dark hair and, speaking with the subtle lilt of a valley girl, plunged the audience deep into art theory.