Always thought-provoking, at times enigmatic, and occasionally downright perplexing, contemporary art museums play many roles today. As a user’s manual to engaging today’s most innovative art, Toby Kamps, the Blaffer Art Museum’s new Jane Dale Owen Director and Chief Curator, will offer a behind-the-scenes view of contemporary exhibition making. Kamps will take viewers on a journey from idea to inception, unlocking the motivations behind current curatorial practice. Catch a glimpse of what is to come at Blaffer.
Toby Kamps, Jane Dale Owen Director and Chief Curator, Blaffer Art Museum, has organized over 40 exhibitions of modern and contemporary art, including major projects featuring Ellsworth Kelly, Claes Oldenburg, Luc Tuymans, William N. Copley, and Torolab, a Tijuana design collective. His exhibition The Old, Weird America won the best traveling exhibition nationally award from the U.S. section of the International Association of Art Critics.
Former Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at Houston’s Menil Collection, Kamps is a graduate of the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art, the Getty Museum Leadership Institute, and the Center for Curatorial Leadership and has served on leadership teams of several museums.