The Armory Show Announces 2018 Curators

BY Katrina Kufer / Jun 14 2017 / 13:47 PM

The New York fair also revealed a curatorial summit in the works for its next edition

The Armory Show Announces 2018 Curators
Photography by Teddy Wolf. Image courtesy The Armory Show, New York
Yayoi Kusama. Guidepost to the New World. 2016.

Gabriel Ritter, curator and head of contemporary art at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and Jen Mergel, most recently senior curator of contemporary art at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, are slated as the curators of 2018 edition of The Armory Show. “We selected curators that have strong institutional affiliations and experience building collections in the United States,” said Benjamin Genocchio, executive director of The Armory Show, in a statement.

Ritter is charged with the now doubled Focus section, which features new or rarely seen works in solo- and dual-artist exhibitions, while Mergel will work within the likewise expanded Platform sector, which was inaugurated last year and showcases large-scale and site-specific works that dialogue with the industrial fair venue.

The second big announcement was the premier of a curatorial leadership summit, which will be chaired by Naomi Beckwith, curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. The day-long thought incubator will serve as a meeting point for internationally noted curators “aimed at cultivating new ideas and developments within the curatorial landscape,” explains the fair in a statement.

The Armory Show will run 8-11 March at Piers 92 & 94, New York, USA. For more information visit