Rita Gonzalez

Rita Gonzalez


CCL Class of 2018


Los Angeles County Museum of Art - LACMA


Curator and Acting Department Head, Contemporary Art


Brooklyn Museum


Anne Pasternak, Brooklyn Museum

Rita Gonzalez is Curator and Acting Department Head in Contemporary Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art where she has curated Phantom Sightings: Art after the Chicano Movement; Asco: Elite of the Obscure; Lost Line: Contemporary Art from the Collection; Agnès Varda in Californialand; and A Universal History of Infamy, among other exhibitions. Gonzalez’s collaboration with filmmaker Jesse Lerner, Mexperimental Cinema, was the first survey of Mexican experimental film and video. It traveled to museums and festivals internationally and resulted in the first bilingual publication on the subject. From 1997–1999, she was the Lila Wallace Curatorial Fellow at the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego. While there, she worked on numerous exhibitions, as well as serving as curator for William Kentridge: Weighing and Wanting. She also co-curated the 2006 California Biennial and Adrià Julià: La Villa Basque at the Orange County Museum of Art. Essays appear in Still Moving: Between Cinema and Photography (Duke University Press), Recent Pasts: Art in Southern California from 90s to Now (JRP|Ringier Zurich), and California Video: Artists and Histories (Getty Publications). Gonzalez was on the curatorial team for Prospect 3 New Orleans and a curatorial advisor on the first Current L.A. Biennial in 2016.