Alison Gass named curator of Broad Art Museum at Michigan State
December 9, 2011
The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University has appointed Alison Gass curator of contemporary art. Gass, who was named a young curator to watch by The New York Times in 2010, currently serves as assistant curator of painting and sculpture at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. At the Broad/MSU, Gass will be responsible for developing exhibitions and commissions of international scope, guided by the museum’s dual focus on presenting international contemporary art in all media, as well as thematic exhibitions that investigate contemporary works within a historical context.
Gass joins the new museum as it prepares to open its Zaha Hadid-designed building to the public on April 21, 2012. The Broad/MSU’s inaugural exhibitions, curated by founding director Michael Rush, include Global Groove 1973/2012, which will use Nam June Paik’s seminal 1973 video Global Groove as a jumping off point to explore current trends in international video art, and In Search of Time, which will investigate artists’ expressions of time and memory by creating dialogues among works by artists including Josef Albers, Romare Bearden, Damien Hirst, Toba Khadoori, Andy Warhol, Eadweard Muybridge, and Sam Jury, among others.
“Alison Gass’ experience and fresh perspective will be a great asset as we launch this unique new institution—one of only a small group of university museums devoted to international contemporary art,” said Rush. “I look forward to working with her to shape an innovative exhibition program that will explore international contemporary culture and ideas through the probing gaze of artists.”