New Names, New Faces

BY Katrina Kufer / May 3 2017 / 13:00 PM

A slew of announcements in early May see a shift in the leadership of international institutions and auction houses

New Names, New Faces
Image courtesy Birmingham Museum of Art
Wassan Al Khudhairi

The Art Institute of Chicago has appointed three new contemporary art curators. Hendrik Folkerts, formerly curator of documenta14 and for the performance, film and programmes sector of the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), is the new Dittmer Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. Jordan Carter and Robyn Farrell also join as assistant curators in the contemporary art department.

El Museo del Barrio (New York) revealed that Patrick Charpenel will be its newest executive director charged with furthering the museum’s local, national and international standing. He will also lead the growth of the education programme, which will support the museum’s focus on Latin American art. Charpenel was previously director of Museo Jumex (Mexico City).

The Contemporary Art Museum (St Louis) has announced that Wassan Al Khudhairi will serve as chief curator. Al Khudairi’s most recent posts were curator of Modern and contemporary art at the Birmingham Museum of Art (Alabama) and founding director of Mathaf, the Arab Museum of Modern Art (Qatar).

Locust Projects, a Miami-based non-profit exhibition space, will welcome Lorie Mertes as its new executive director. Mertes joins from her previous position as director of public programmes at the National Museum of Women in the Arts (Washington DC). She will oversee the exhibition programming as well as collateral events such as Locust Art Builders and Talks, which offers artist-led courses and curator-guided lectures for students. 

V-A-C Foundation (Moscow), focused on showcasing Russian contemporary culture, will see Francesco Manacorda join as the new artistic director. Manacorda moves from his current role as artistic director at Tate Liverpool and has stated that he is excited to take on V-A-C’s rigorous, experimental approach in keeping with his education-focused programming goals.

Phillips auction house has appointed Julia Roxana Heinen as specialist and regional director for 20th century and contemporary art for Switzerland. Heinen joins the auction house from Bonhams London where she was senior specialist for post war and contemporary art.