The Carnegie Museum of Art has appointed Liz Park as its new Richard Armstrong Curator of Contemporary Art.
Park comes to the museum at the University of Buffalo Art Galleries, State University of New York, where she was curator.
Park has a previous connection to the Oakland Neighborhood Institution in Pittsburgh, having served as Associate Curator of Carnegie International, 57th Edition, in 2018.
In her new position, she said: “I will be involved in all aspects of curatorial work, including exhibition development and collection management. There’s a lot of paperwork, care, and upkeep going on behind the scenes that isn’t all that glamorous. ”
Her work will also include building relationships with artists, donors, academics, other museum partners and members of the community.
Prior to arriving in Pittsburgh, she began work on an exhibit that has yet to be announced that will open at Carnegie in the spring.
Born in Seoul, South Korea, and moved to Canada as a child, Park said, “I grew up in Vancouver in a very healthy artist-run culture.
At the University of British Columbia, she obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Arts and a Master of Arts in Critical Curatorial Studies.
She became interested in curatorial work as an undergraduate student in a program she described as “very theoretically focused.” This interest was bolstered by working in many underfunded artist spaces in Vancouver, doing everything from cleanup and setting up exhibitions to fundraising.
“Being a twice-in-life immigrant has also impacted my role as a curator,” she said. “Conservation work is tied to everything that happens in a culture and a society. ”
His research interests include mobility and migration as well as representations of violence in the colonial present.
“I am really looking forward to working with Eric (Crosby, Director Henry J. Heinz II of the Carnegie Museum), to see where we are with the collection, to enrich the collection and to continue the work of my predecessors.
“I am delighted to be able to elevate the work of my colleagues and participate in the next Carnegie International (opening September 2022),” she said. “One thing I want to repeat is how exciting it is to have my colleagues, people who have watched me work, to greet me again.”
At the University of Buffalo Art Galleries, Park recently opened “Heather Hart: Afrotecture (Re) Collection,” featuring a newly commissioned architectural installation that quotes the historic balcony of the Lorraine Motel, where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. , and “F: Reconstituting Tolstoy College,” on an anarchist college that operated as part of SUNY in Buffalo, 1969-1985.
Park has also curated exhibitions at the Miller Institute for Contemporary Art at Carnegie Mellon University, the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania, the Western Front in Vancouver, The Kitchen in New York, and Seoul Art Space. Geumcheon in South Korea.