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POST: Hamza Walker - Renaissance man, Renaissance Society

Hamza Walker, curator for the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago.
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Old-school U. of C. curator wants to talk with you about ideas

Text | Claudine Ise, Special to the Chicago Tribune
Published | March 08, 2013


You can’t have a short conversation with Hamza Walker. The guy likes to talk. A lot. 
He’s been chatting with a visitor for a couple of hours now, seated behind the desk of his light-filled office at The Renaissance Society, the small yet highly regarded contemporary art museum on the University of Chicago campus where he holds dual posts as director of education and associate curator.
Walker hasn’t once scanned a cellphone for messages. He hasn’t even checked his watch.
When Hamza Walker is with you, he is with you.
He’s also really funny. He has a goofy laugh and a tendency to go off on tangents. Ask him a question, and he’ll answer it, but before he does, he may stray so far from the original point you’ll forget what you were talking about in the first place.

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