The Walker Art Center announced today that Henriette Huldisch will be its next Chief Curator and Director of Curatorial Affairs. Huldisch is currently Director of Exhibitions and Curator at the MIT List Visual Arts Center in Boston, Massachusetts, where she has worked since 2014.
Walker Executive Director Mary Ceruti stated, “Henriette has an interdisciplinary perspective, deep knowledge and experience working with living artists. She will provide excellent leadership for our curators as we develop creative, experimental programming that both builds on the Walker’s collection and is responsive to our communities.”
At the List Center, Huldisch organized the group exhibitions Before Projection: Video Sculpture 1974-1995 (2018) and An Inventory of Shimmers: Objects of Intimacy in Contemporary Art (2017) as well as many solo exhibitions including Ericka Beckman: Double Reverse (2019); Tala Madani: First Light (2016); Edgar Arceneaux: Written in Smoke and Fire (2016); and Rosa Barba: The Color Out of Time (2015).
“Since the beginning of my career I have watched the trailblazing programs at the Walker with admiration. I am truly thrilled now to join the institution and help move forward this legacy of innovative and forward-thinking exhibition making together with Mary Ceruti and the Walker’s staff. I am excited to be part of this next chapter for the Walker by building on its history of presenting cutting-edge, timely exhibitions, programs, and publications across the visual arts, moving image, design, and performance.” Huldisch said.
Huldisch will begin at the Walker on January 6, 2020, where she will provide artistic and organizational leadership to the Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Moving Image, and Education and Public Programs departments.
Huldisch began her career at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 2001 immediately after she graduated from New York University’s film studies program. Originally from Hamburg, Germany, Huldisch came to the United States after receiving a master’s in American studies at Berlin’s Humboldt University. At the Whitney, she co-curated the 2008 Whitney Biennial. From 2010-2014, she worked at Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum for Contemporary Art – Berlin, where she curated major exhibitions of Harun Farocki, Anthony McCall, and others. From 2010-2014, Huldisch also served as Visiting Curator at Cornerhouse, Manchester, and presented projects with Stanya Kahn and Rosa Barba. Among her publications are Before Projection (2018), An Inventory of Shimmers (2017), Ellen Harvey: The Museum of Failure (2015), the 2008 Biennial Exhibition catalogue, and numerous contributions to exhibition catalogues and publications such as Artforum.
About Walker Art Center and Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
One of the most internationally celebrated art museums, the multidisciplinary Walker Art Center in Minneapolis is known for presenting today’s most compelling artists from the United States and around the world. In addition to presentations of works from its world-renowned collection, the Walker organizes and hosts exhibitions that travel worldwide and annually presents a broad array of contemporary performance, music, dance, theater, design, moving image, and education programs.
The adjacent Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, one of the country’s first urban sculpture parks, features at its center a beloved Twin Cities landmark—Spoonbridge and Cherry by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen—as well as sculptures by multigenerational artists from Minnesota and around the globe on the 19-acre Walker campus. Hahn/Cock by German artist Katharina Fritsch is a nearly 25-foot sculpture of a blue rooster, a symbol of pride, power and macho prowess, the name is a tongue and cheek play on its double meaning. There are currently 60 sculptures installed in the Garden and Walker campus; the Walker maintains these artworks, but the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board is responsible for maintaining the park grounds and other amenities.
Inside the walls of the Walker are gallery spaces, a performing arts theater, a cinema, rooftop terraces, several rental spaces, and a restaurant, Esker Grove.
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