Selene Wendt was educated as an Art Historian at the University of Chicago. She has worked more than twenty years as a curator, including six years as curator at Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Høvik, Norway and eight years as Director and Chief Curator of The Stenersen Museum, Oslo, Norway before founding The Global Art Project as a platform for her work as an independent curator and writer. The importance of music and literature in relation to contemporary art has been a recurring theme throughout her curatorial practice and ongoing research.
She has extensive experience curating international exhibitions, each with accompanying publications, including Shirin Neshat Beyond Orientalism; Ghada Amer Reading Between the Threads; Liza Lou Leaves of Glass; and Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons Mil Maneras Para Decir Adios, to name a few. Important thematic exhibitions include Art Through the Eye of the Needle (Henie Onstad 1999), A Doll’s House (Henie Onstad, 2002), Postcards from Cuba: A Selection from the 8th Havana Biennial (Henie Onstad, 2004), Equatorial Rhythms (The Stenersen Museum, 2006), Beauty and Pleasure in South African Contemporary Art (The Stenersen Museum, co-curated with Khwezi Gule, 2009), The Storytellers: Narratives in International Contemporary Art (The Stenersen Museum, 2012, and El Museo de Arte del Banco de la Republica, Bogota, Colombia, 2013), Mind the Map (Punkt Ø, Galleri F 15, Jeløya, Norway, 2014), Jamaican Routes (Punkt Ø, Galleri F 15, Jeløya, Norway, 2016), The Art of Storytelling (Niteroi Contemporary Art Museum, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2016), and Orhan Pamuk: The Art of Fiction (The Museum of Cultural History, Oslo, Norway, 2017).
She writes regularly for international publications and art journals such as NKA Journal of Contemporary African Art.