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Alex Gartenfeld Appointed Curator Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami

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MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART
APPOINTS ALEX GARTENFELD TO NEW CURATORIAL POSITION

(North Miami, FL) – February 19, 2013 – Bonnie Clearwater, the executive director and chief curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), North Miami, today announced the appointment of Alex Gartenfeld as curator, a new position that will include both curatorial and administrative duties. An independent curator, writer, and senior editor of Art in America and Interview online, Gartenfeld has been involved in the organization of over 25 exhibitions worldwide and contributed to numerous contemporary art publications. Gartenfeld is currently working on the exhibition Empire State, co-organized with Sir Norman Rosenthal and opening at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome on April 23, 2013. Gartenfeld will assume his new position at MOCA in North Miami on May 10, 2013.

“We look forward to welcoming Alex to MOCA in North Miami,” said Dr. Kira Flanzraich, Chairman of the Board of Trustees. “Alex has already made an impact on the art world as a curator, writer and editor. As MOCA’s influence and impact continues to grow, Alex’s hire will further strengthen our role in the arts community internationally, nationally, and in the South Florida community.”

On Wednesday, February 20 at 7 pm Alex Gartenfeld will give an Art Talk at MOCA on the exhibition Empire State which includes works by 25 contemporary artists. The lecture is free with museum admission. ($5 General Admission; Free for members and residents of North Miami.)

MOCA, North Miami is dedicated to defining new trends and directions in contemporary art, and to making this art accessible to diverse audiences. In addition to organizing thematic exhibitions that examine issues crucial to contemporary art, MOCA, North Miami organized and presented the first major solo U.S. museum exhibitions for Teresita Fernandez, Ceal Floyer, Mark Handforth, Roxy Paine, Cory Arcangel, Enoc Perez, and Anri Sala, among others. Internationally recognized for its role in presenting group exhibitions exploring significant new artistic developments, MOCA, North Miami also organizes numerous education and outreach programs for local audiences.

In his new role as MOCA’s curator, Gartenfeld will work with Clearwater, who also serves as the museum’s chief curator, to organize exhibitions and programming that expands contemporary art scholarship and actively engages audiences; Gartenfeld will also organize traveling exhibitions of MOCA’s permanent collection and enhance the museum’s online content.

“Alex has already distinguished himself by organizing trailblazing contemporary art exhibitions worldwide, and his relationships with artists and other curators make him a perfect match for our museum,” said executive director and chief curator Bonnie Clearwater. “His far-ranging interests and incredible energy will make him an asset to all of Miami and the ever-growing contemporary art scene here.”

In addition to curating, Gartenfeld has co-founded two alternative exhibition spaces, Three’s Company and West Street Gallery. In his editorial positions at Brant Publication’s Interview and Art in America, Gartenfeld oversaw the brisk growth of the digital department and commissioned continually significant content. He also contributed features on artists in both magazines and kept a column on emerging artists in Art in America. He is the author of the first and only anthology of queer independent publishing, in partnership with Printed Matter. The upcoming exhibition Empire State for Rome will feature new and site-specific works by such artists as Dan Graham, Adrian Piper, Wade Guyton and Joyce Pensato, among many others. Gartenfeld received his B.A. in Art History from Columbia University.

“I am amazed by the creativity and contemporary art scholarship coming out of MOCA, and excited to engage the community,” said Gartenfeld. “I am delighted to be joining Bonnie to help her continue her groundbreaking work and advancing Miami as a global center of contemporary art.”

In 2012, Forbes Magazine included Gartenfeld in their “30 Under 30” list. In 2009, L Magazine named Gartenfeld to their “25 under 25” list.

About the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami

MOCA North Miami is internationally recognized as a force in defining new trends and directions in contemporary art. MOCA presents a continuous calendar of exhibitions and programming, including highly original education and outreach programs that make contemporary art accessible, understandable, and enjoyable to people of all ages.
In 2012, MOCA was awarded the prestigious National Medal for Museum and Library Service.

The museum mounts six to eight exhibitions each year, most of which are originated by the museum. Thanks to a generous endowment grant from the John L. and James S. Knight Foundation, MOCA presents three exhibitions or multi-media projects each year which feature the work of emerging and experimental artists. MOCA is one of the few contemporary art museums in the nation to have a dedicated source of funding of this nature.

MOCA’s permanent collection reflects significant artistic developments in contemporary art by emerging and established artists from the U.S. and abroad. Rita Ackermann, John Baldessari, Uta Barth, Jose Bedia, John Bock, Teresita Fernandez, Dan Flavin, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Pierre Huyghe, Isaac Julien, Alex Katz, Edward Kienholz, Ragnar Kjartansson, Dennis Oppenheim, Gabriel Orozco, Jorge Pardo, Philippe Parreno, Raymond Pettibon, Matthew Ritchie, Xaviera Simmons, and Ryan Trecartin are among the artists whose works are included in the collection.

The Museum of Contemporary Art is accredited by the American Association of Museums

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