September 21, 2023


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Berkeley Artwork Museum and Pacific Movie Archive Names Three New Curators

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The Berkeley Artwork Museum and Pacific Movie Archive in California (BAMPFA) has introduced the appointment of three new senior curators. Margot Norton, at the moment Allen and Lola Goldring Senior Curator at New York’s New Museum, will assume the function of chief curator, whereas Victoria Sung of the Walker Artwork Heart in Minneapolis and Anthony Graham of the Museum of Up to date Artwork San Diego will come aboard as senior curators. All will arrive to their new posts within the spring.

The three had been chosen following a world search led by govt director Julie Rodrigues Widholm. Since her appointment greater than two years in the past, Widholm has sought to reshape the museum’s programming, emphasizing trendy and up to date artwork by these from Black diasporic, world Asian, and Latino communities.

“It was really a dream come true to safe our first-choice candidates for every of those three vitally essential roles, which is able to collectively reinvigorate BAMPFA’s artwork program with a renewed dedication to group engagement, tutorial scholarship, and up to date relevance,” mentioned Widholm. “These appointments sign a brand new path for BAMPFA as an establishment that brings a socially engaged, twenty-first-century perspective to its world collections to reimagine a extra inclusive artwork historic canon.”

Norton, who will arrive to BAMPFA Could 1, spent twelve years on the New Museum, the place she was employed as an assistant curator in 2011 earlier than rising to her present place. Among the many exhibitions she organized whereas at that establishment are solo reveals of labor by artists together with Carmen Argote, Diedrick Brackens, Pia Camil, Sarah Lucas, Lynn Hershman Leeson,Goshka Macuga, Chris Ofili, Pipilotti Rist, Mika Rottenberg, BárbaraWagner and Benjamin de Burca, and Kaari Upson. She is at the moment co-curating with Vivian Crockett a survey of the work of Wangechi Mutu, slated to open March 2 on the New Museum. Norton launched her profession in 2008 as a curatorial affiliate on the Whitney Museum of American Artwork in New York.

Sung will undertake her new function as Phyllis C. Wattis Senior Curator on March 1 after eight years on the Walker. She leaves that museum as affiliate curator of visible arts, having organized “Theaster Gates: Meeting Corridor” in 2019 and “Siah Armajani: Comply with This Line” the yr earlier than. Her final exhibition for the Walker, a retrospective of the work of up to date Philippine American artist Pacita Abad opens there April 15. Previous to her arrival on the Walker, Sung labored on the Lincoln Heart for the Performing Arts, the Museum of Trendy Artwork, and the Whitney, all in New York.

Graham, who will assume his publish at BAMPFA March 20, was at MCASD for seven years. As an affiliate curator there, he organized and co-organized solo reveals of labor by artists together with Sadie Barnette, Griselda Rosas, and Nancy Lupo. Most just lately, he curated 2022’s “Alexis Smith: The American Approach,” the primary main retrospective and publication of the artist’s work in thirty years. Earlier than coming to MCASD, he held roles at Storefront for Artwork and Structure, the Temple Hoyne Buell Heart for the Examine of American Structure, and Columbia Books on Structure and the Metropolis, all in New York.


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