Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Names Nwaka Onwusa as Director of Curatorial Affairs: Exclusive

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The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has appointed Nwaka Onwusa as its director of curatorial affairs, Billboard can reveal. Onwusa, who most recently served as curator of the Grammy Museum, will begin her new post on Jan. 14.

“When this new position became open, Nwaka was one of the first people we thought of,” Rock & Roll Hall of Fame president/CEO Greg Harris tells Billboard. “Our team had been aware of her work and admired what she’d done at the Grammy Museum. Between her background and experience, we are excited about what she’ll contribute to our team and our future.”

Karen Herman, vp/chief curator of the Rock Hall, adds that Onwusa’s “knowledge and appreciation of music in all of its forms and strong connections within the music community will play a major role in the many initiatives we have planned for 2019.”

During her 10 years with the Grammy Museum at L.A. Live, Onwusa researched, developed and curated more than 20 exhibits. These included Legends of Motown; All Eyez on Me: The Writings of Tupac Shakur; Monterey Pop International Music Festival: Music, Love and Flowers, 1967; Marty Stuart’s Way Out West: A Country Music Odyssey; The Taylor Swift Experience; Jenni Rivera: La Gran Señora; Ringo: Peace and Love and Bruce W. Talamon: Soul, R&B, and Funk Photographs 1972-1982: A Love Letter to the Music. In addition to these exhibits, Onwusa also curated satellite and traveling exhibits.

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