Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) Appoints Kitty Scott as new Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) has appointed Kitty Scott as its new curator of modern and contemporary art. Scott assumes the curatorial role on Sept. 17, 2012 and will be tasked with expanding the profile of the Gallery’s modern and contemporary art collections for local and international audiences, while planning and organizing major exhibitions.

Currently the director of visual arts at The Banff Centre, Scott is well-known and respected in the museum world with over 20 years of experience. Prior to 2007, she was chief curator at the Serpentine Gallery, London, and curator of contemporary art at the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Scott has curated exhibitions of artists including Francis Alÿs, Janet Cardiff, Paul Chan, Peter Doig, Janice Kerbel, Ragnar Kjartansson, Silke Otto-Knapp, Ken Lum, Frances Stark, and Ron Terada, and is a core agent for this year’s dOCUMENTA (13), in Kassel, Germany.

As an independent curator, Scott has organized exhibitions including Bankside Browser (2000) for Tate Modern, London, and Universal Pictures (1999) at the Melbourne International Biennial. She was the Canadian coordinator for the Seventh International Istanbul Biennial (2001) and also worked on the inaugural SITE Santa Fe Biennial (1995). She is visiting professor for the Curatorial Practice Program at the California College of the Arts, San Francisco, as well as an adjunct professor at York University, Toronto, and University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

Scott has written extensively on contemporary art for catalogues and journals including Parachute, Parkett, Mousse, and Canadian Art. She has contributed to numerous books on curatorial studies and written texts for monographic publications on the work of Matthew Barney, Peter Doig, Brian Jungen, Raymond Pettibon, and Daniel Richter; and for the publication Creamier: Contemporary Art in Culture (Phaidon, London, New York, 2010). –

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