SculptureCenter has announced the appointment of Ruba Katrib as SculptureCenter's new Curator effective February 15, 2012. Katrib joins SculptureCenter after four years at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), North Miami. She brings a breadth of curatorial experience to an institution respected for its intellectual rigor and dedication to commissioning new work by emerging and established talent. Katrib joins the curatorial team that is lead by Mary Ceruti, Executive Director and Chief Curator, and includes Kristen Chappa, Curatorial Associate. "This is a very exciting time to join the team at SculptureCenter," says Ruba Katrib. "Sculpture has become a primary mode of thinking for artists across all media and SculptureCenter is a uniquely significant institution in its support of artistic practice. I am very much looking forward to developing exhibitions and programs within this dynamic context." As Curator, Katrib will be responsible for organizing exhibitions, educational and public programs, publications and for coordinating all aspects of program presentation. As part of the senior management team, she will also participate in all aspects of organizational operations including strategic planning, capital and program planning, fundraising and external affairs. Mary Ceruti said of the appointment: "Ruba has developed a distinct and thoughtful curatorial voice in Miami and we are excited to welcome her to New York. She has a curious and open mind, an ability to connect people and art, and an acute sensitivity to an artist's process all of which aligns very closely with SculptureCenter's values." Katrib has been at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), North Miami since 2007, first as Assistant Curator and then as Associate Curator. There she organized the first comprehensive solo museum exhibitions of Cory Arcangel (2010) and Claire Fontaine (2010), and several acclaimed group exhibitions including The Possibility of an Island(2008), Convention (2009), The Reach of Realism (2009), Modify, as needed (2011). She initiated performance and workshop programs at MOCA and organized the three-day New Methods symposium, which focused on independent artist initiatives throughout Latin America. A follow-up book project is forthcoming. Katrib has contributed texts to a number of publications and written for periodicals such at Artforum, ArtPapers, and Mousse Magazine. Katrib is co-organizing an in-depth conference about curatorial practice today, scheduled for the summer of 2012 on the occasion of 20th anniversary of the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College.
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