Art Chicago announced on June 28th that it had appointed curator Staci Boris as Director for Art Chicago 2012.
Boris has been a curator at both the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (MCA), and later at the Spertus Institute. Boris was an Associate Curator at the MCA prior to the move to its current location and after.
At the MCA she curated such exhibitions as “William Kentridge” (2001-2002), “Atmosphere” (2004), “Franz Ackermann: The Waterfall” (2004-2005), “Strange Days” (2004, co-curated with Dominic Molon), “Soft Edge” (2004-2005).
Boris departed the MCA and landed at the Spertus Institute. As Senior Curator she crafted “The Language Barrier” and the Spertus’ inaugural exhibition in their new building “The New Authentics” and later the “Ground Level Projects” series. I enjoyed “Ground Level Projects” and “The New Authentics” quite a bit, particularly the “Ground Level Projects” — all of the artists chosen were well-picked.
As to her ideas for Art Chicago, it’s probably too early for specifics (and none are really given), but Ms. Boris seems to recognize the need for Art Chicago to be updated and revamped, stating in the press release: “At a crucial point in its history, Art Chicago is poised for change, and my goal as Director is to shape the fair into a version that is smart, fresh, and exciting for the city of Chicago.” Curatorial Director of NEXT, Ken Tyburski echoes that need, also stating in the release: “Hiring somebody of Staci’s history also cements MMPI’s commitment to finding the best possible candidates and ability to roll with the times.”
Here’s hoping that Art Chicago 2012 is in fact “smart, fresh and exciting.” I’ll be there to find out.