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.
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) has named Rita Gonzalez (CCL 2018) Curator and Head of Contemporary Art. Rita has been at LACMA since 2006 where she has curated numerous exhibitions of contemporary Latinx and Latin American art, including "Phantom Sightings: Art after the Chicano Movement" (2008), "Asco: Elite of ... Read More >
Congratulations to Nora Burnett Abrams (CCL 2018) on her appointment to the Mark G. Falcone Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver! Most recently the Ellen Bruss Curator and Director of Planning, Abrams has been at the MCA Denver since 2010. She has curated 0ver 30 exhibitions while at the museum, including Tara ... Read More >
Lauren Haynes (CCL 2018) has been named the Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Senior Curator at the Nasher Museum of Art! Since 2016, Lauren has served as the curator of contempoary art at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, in addition to serving, since 2020, as the Director of ... Read More >
Twelve Curators Selected for 2018 Leadership Training Program The Center for Curatorial Leadership (CCL) has selected twelve curators to participate in its annual fellowship program for 2018. The incoming class of Fellows will join the organization in New York City in January for an initial two weeks of instruction, followed ... Read More >
The 2018 Center for Curatorial Leadership (CCL) Fellowship concluded this May with a weeklong intensive in Houston, Texas. Over the course of the final convening, the Fellows expanded on their lessons from the five-month period of the program and explored various models of museum leadership. Through Houston’s rich cultural landscape ... Read More >
Highlights from the two-week January intensive of the Center for Curatorial Leadership annual leadership program This January, the Center for Curatorial Leadership (CCL) welcomed its eleventh class of Fellows for a two-week leadership intensive in New York City. A group of twelve curators from institutions across the United States convened ... Read More >