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Tate appoints Jessica Morgan as The Daskalopoulos Curator International Art

Tate has appointed Jessica Morgan as The Daskalopoulos Curator, International Art. The post, which has been funded by the D. Daskalopoulos Collection, Greece, is for an initial three year period during which time she will mainly focus on acquisitions of contemporary and emerging international art, specifically non-western regions, which are central to Tate’s commitment to broadening the geographical scope of the Collection. Jessica Morgan is currently Curator, Contemporary Art at Tate Modern and will take up her new role on Monday 13 September 2010. She is the curator of the forthcoming exhibition of Gabriel Orozco opening at Tate Modern in January 2011 and will be the curator of the Unilever Commission in 2012.

As The Daskalopoulos Curator, International Art, Jessica Morgan will continue to curate displays and exhibitions at Tate Modern, maintain a research portfolio and support the International Council on a regular basis. An internationally renowned curator she brings to the role her particular expertise and proficiency in the field of emerging art.

Since joining Tate in 2002, Jessica Morgan has curated numerous group and solo exhibitions including John Baldessari (2009) and The World as a Stage (2007), Martin Kippenberger (2006), Time Zones (2004) and Common Wealth (2003). She also curated The Unilever Commission in 2006 and 2008 working with artists Carsten Höller and Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster respectively.

Jessica Morgan was previously Chief Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston where she organised exhibitions of work by, among others, Carsten Höller, Ellen Gallagher, Olafur Eliasson, Rineke Dijkstra, Marlene Dumas and Cornelia Parker. Prior to that she was an Assistant Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, where she organised the first US and UK survey of the work of Mona Hatoum. She curated Damian Ortega’s first major exhibition in the USA at ICA Boston (2009), the exhibition, An Unruly History of the Readymade for the Jumex Collection in Mexico (2008), and the first Reykjavik Art Festival in Iceland in 2005.

Jessica Morgan has published and lectured extensively on contemporary art and is a regular contributor to art journals including Parkett and Artforum. She holds an MA in Art History from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London and a BA and MA in Art History from Cambridge University. She was a Mellon Fellow at the Yale Centre for British Art, Yale University and a Contemporary Art Curatorial Fellow at The Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University.

Dimitris Daskalopoulos is a Greek business entrepreneur and Chairman of DAMMA Holdings S.A., a financial services and investment company. He is Chairman of the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV). As principal owner, CEO and Chairman, Mr Daskalopoulos oversaw the transformation of a family dairy business into VIVARTIA, the largest food company in Greece. He is a major collector of contemporary art; the D. Daskalopoulos Collection is one of the foremost European collections of contemporary art which comprises over 400 major works. He is member of the Board of Trustees of the Guggenheim Foundation and active in the Tate International Council and the Leadership Council of the New Museum. Patron of Art, D. Daskalopoulos lends regularly to many art institutions. There is a long term loan of a work by Louise Bourgeois at Tate. A selection of his collection is currently on view at the Whitechapel Gallery: Keeping it Real, a series of four displays.

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