Ruth Erickson Named Chief Curator of Institute of Up to date Artwork, Boston
The Institute of Up to date Artwork, Boston, immediately appointed Ruth Erickson the museum’s Barbara Lee Chief Curator and director of curatorial affairs, efficient June 1. She is going to change Eva Respini, who has occupied the position since early 2015. Respini, who not too long ago curated and cocommissioned Simone Leigh’s Golden Lion–profitable US Pavilion on the 2022 Venice Biennale, will return to the ICA as a visitor curator for the museum’s March 2024 exhibition of Firelei Báez, the artist’s first institutional survey.
“I’m positively elated that Ruth Erickson will function the ICA’s Barbara Lee Chief Curator and director of curatorial affairs,” mentioned ICA director Jill Medvedow. “As an artwork historian and a humanist, Ruth will lead with a eager eye, open coronary heart, and clear imaginative and prescient for justice and the methods by which artwork, artists, and museums could make which means, construct group, and encourage hope and alter.”
Erickson since 2018 has served as Mannion Household Senior Curator on the ICA. She joined the museum in 2012 as a analysis fellow for the exhibition “Leap Earlier than You Look: Black Mountain School 1933–57.” Previous to her arrival on the museum, she was a fellow on the Institute of Up to date Artwork Philadelphia from 2008 to 2010; earlier than that, she was curator at Burlington Metropolis Arts in Vermont from 2004 to 2007. She holds an MA and a Ph.D. in artwork historical past from the College of Pennsylvania and earned her BA at Carleton School in Northfield, Minnesota. The recipient of a 2021 Heart for Curatorial Management Fellowship, she is most not too long ago the curator of “To Start Once more: Artists and Childhood” and “A Place for Me: Figurative Portray Now” (each 2022), and “Guadalupe Maravilla: Mariposa Relámpago,” which can open on the ICA Watershed on Could 25. The exhibition takes as its theme problems with group and care and can characteristic a significant new fee by the artist: a colossal vibrational therapeutic instrument constituted of a repurposed college bus.
“I’m thrilled to develop my work on the ICA, a spot I do know properly and love deeply,” mentioned Erickson. “I look ahead to constructing upon a decade of collaboration with artists and colleagues throughout the museum to deepen and develop our engagement with audiences, amplify the influence and visibility of our everlasting assortment, and advance new artwork and concepts by commissions and vital exhibitions.”