Munsell named MFA assistant contemporary curator

Liz Munsell, a curatorial research associate at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts since November 2009, has been promoted to the position of Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art and MFA Programs at the museum. “It will most certainly mean getting more local artists through our doors,” she tells us.

In an Aug. 1 e-mail to MFA staff, Edward Saywell, chair of the Linde Family Wing and Head of Contemporary Art and MFA Programs, wrote:

“Liz will focus on creating interdisciplinary programs within CAMP and steer the building of a program of performance art at the Museum in the spirit of the SMFA’s long and distinguished history of performance and the exciting live artist events that were a highlight of the Linde Family Wing’s opening last September (and which were overseen by Liz). She will also expand and guide our video and new media initiatives. The latter is of particular interest to Liz and she has already brought considerable audiences for video art to the MFA through programs such as ‘VideoSur III: Experimental Shorts from Argentina, Chile, and Brazil’ and ‘French Edges,’ which screened as part of this year’s annual French Film Festival. She is the curator of ‘Slippery Surfaces,’ the current installation of video in the Krupp Gallery, and recently curated the exhibition ‘Wendy Jacob: Maud Morgan Prize 2011.’ Liz is also active outside of the MFA and among her many projects this year was an exhibition of site-specific interventions by women artists for the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard. Please join me on congratulating Liz on this appointment.”

Also Munsell won a 2011 New England Art Award (critics’ pick for best concept or theme show featuring New England artists) for curating “Close Distance” at the Boston Center for the Arts in 2011.

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