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Guest Curator Program: Nabilah Ahmed

Guest Curator Edition – 04: Nabilah Ahmed

March 2024 - March 2025

Well-known artists can become powerful characters in our lives, keeping us company through important and intimate moments. So when an icon dies, particularly in a surprising or difficult way, the loss often feels deeply personal. But are we mourning the full, complicated human being, or just the idea we had of them?


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Nabilah Ahmed

ABOUT THE CURATOR

Nabilah Ahmed (she/her) is a multi-hyphenate artist with a background in theater, museums, media design, and production. She is a former MoPOP Museum Educator and has collaborated with many organizations in her various creative capacities, including Seattle Shakespeare Company, Book-It Repertory Theater, On the Boards, Seattle Modern Orchestra, Washington Ensemble Theater, and ArtsWest.

Nabilah Ahmed

ABOUT THE CURATOR

Nabilah Ahmed (she/her) is a multi-hyphenate artist with a background in theater, museums, media design, and production. She is a former MoPOP Museum Educator and has collaborated with many organizations in her various creative capacities, including Seattle Shakespeare Company, Book-It Repertory Theater, On the Boards, Seattle Modern Orchestra, Washington Ensemble Theater, and ArtsWest.

EXHIBITION DETAILS

Jumpsuit worn by Robin Williams as Mork from Ork

Jumpsuit, boots, and gloves worn by Robin Williams as Mork from Ork in the television series Mork & Mindy, 1978 – 1982. MoPOP Permanent Collection

Gone Too Soon: Icons Rediscovered

In Gone Too Soon, the fourth edition of MoPOP’s Guest Curator Program, Guest Curator Nabilah Ahmed examines the lives and deaths of beloved creatives and explores the question: How do we honor legendary figures with complex lives we weren’t actually a part of?

Featuring artifacts and clothing from The Notorious B.I.G., Robin Williams, Kurt Cobain, and others.

Now in its third year, MoPOP’s Guest Curator Program highlights the voices of emerging curators as they share fresh interpretations of the museum’s permanent collection.

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EXHIBITION DETAILS

Jumpsuit worn by Robin Williams as Mork from Ork

Jumpsuit worn by Robin Williams as Mork from Ork in the television series Mork & Mindy, 1978 – 1982. MoPOP Permanent Collection

Gone Too Soon: Icons Rediscovered

In Gone Too Soon, the fourth edition of MoPOP’s Guest Curator Program, Guest Curator Nabilah Ahmed examines the lives and deaths of beloved creatives and explores the question: How do we honor legendary figures with complex lives we weren’t actually a part of?

Featuring artifacts and clothing from The Notorious B.I.G., Robin Williams, Kurt Cobain, and others.

Now in its third year, MoPOP’s Guest Curator Program highlights the voices of emerging curators as they share fresh interpretations of the museum’s permanent collection.

Guest Curator Program Archive

Click below to learn more about our guest curators and installations from the past few years.

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MoPOP’s Guest Curator Program highlights the lived experiences of emerging curators as they present fresh interpretations of the museum’s permanent collection. Guest curators receive hands-on experience working with MoPOP’s Curatorial, Collections, and Exhibits teams while sharing valuable new perspectives and interpretations of MoPOP’s pop culture collection.

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