Howie Chen is a New York–based curator who is a co-founder of Dispatch, a curatorial production office and project space. He has organized exhibitions and programs at the Whitney Museum of American Art, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, The Kitchen, Circuit (Switzerland), IMO (Copenhagen) among others. Chen is currently teaching Curatorial Curating in the Painting Department at RISD. At the end of this year, he is organizing ‘December’, a group exhibition at Mitchell-Innes and Nash.

In 2003, with artist Mika Tajima, he founded New Humans, a moniker for collaborations with musicians, artists and designers. New Humans was included in the Whitney Biennial 2008—a collaboration with Vito Acconci and musician C. Spencer Yeh—and more recently at SFMOMA and South London Gallery with collaborator Charles Atlas.

In 2010, Chen and artist/attorney Jason Kakoyiannis founded JEQU (Juicing the Equilibrium), a project to assess how sociological and cultural economic approaches to art world debates can augment artistic critique. Past program presentations include a lecture by Olav Velthuis, seminar with Luc Boltanski, and current exhibition at USC Roski School of Fine Art’s 3001 Gallery. Also this year, Chen launched Collectionof, a new online platform for presenting the diverse creative productions of international artists, art producers and art spaces.

Chen holds a degree in economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and attended the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program as a Helena Rubinstein Curatorial Fellow.