Andrea Karnes of the Modern Art Museum promoted to chief curator

Chances are you’ve seen Andrea Karnes wandering the galleries of the Fort Worth Museum of Modern Art, wearing that air of confidence paired with down-to-earth demeanor and a wealth of knowledge to suit all. questions about certain works.

Karnes was Modern’s senior curator – was because her work in recent years has earned her a big promotion.

Modern director Marla Price announced on Wednesday that Karnes had been appointed chief curator, responsible for leading the museum’s exhibition program, organizing special exhibitions, coordinating with guest curators, leading acquisitions and overseeing the museum. installation of the famous permanent collection.

“Andrea is dedicated to this museum and our curatorial goal of increasing diversity and expanding the narrative of exhibits and acquisitions,” Price said in a statement. “She will continue to introduce new artists to our community.”

Karnes has been part of the Modern since the early 1990s, contributing to numerous acquisitions for the permanent collection. The works of KAWS, Takashi Murakami, Thornton Dial, Teresita Fernández and many others have all reached modernity thanks to Karnes. She was also curator of the Modern’s FOCUS series from 2005 to 2015, curating 30 solo exhibitions by international artists from Jeff Elrod to Kehinde Wiley.

Other highlights of Karnes’ career include the exhibition “Hubbard / Birchler: No Room to Answer” in 2009; “KAWS: WHERE THE END STARTS” in 2016, which broke Modern attendance records to date; and in 2018, “Laurie Simmons: Big Camera / Little Camera”, a survey of 40 years of works that then traveled to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.

Karnes is currently working on a new exhibition, “Women Painting Women”, which will run from May 15 to September 25, 2022.

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November 17, 2021


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