Those of us who so fondly remember the golden era of Suzanne Weaver’s “Concentrations” series at the Dallas Museum of Art from 1996-2009 (and credit her for being so uniquely invested in the local scene) have kept one eye on the curator’s career after she left us for the Speed Museum in Louisville. Today it was announced that the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, has appointed Weaver as its interim director.
The Institute of Contemporary Art is a rechristening, in a new location, of Miami’s Museum of Contemporary Art, which closed in August amid controversy over funding from and its relationship with North Miami. The museum threatened to close and move, and it has, to Miami’s design district. It’s slated to reopen in time for Art Basel Miami in December. The museum was founded in 1994 and has a permanent collection of around 600 artworks thus far.
Note: It’s heartening to see seasoned and passionate curators appointed as museum directors. They’re often as invested in the well-being of the art (and the mental health of a museum’s curatorial team) as they are the PR and money side of things, and while many curators might be loathe to take on such responsibility, this is one way to make sure our museums maintain a dignified and intelligent relationship to collecting and exhibitions.