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Dan Byers Joins ICA Boston as Senior Curator

Byers in front of a work by Phyllida Barlow.COURTESY ICA BOSTON

Byers in front of a work by Phyllida Barlow.


A big month for Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art continues to get bigger. Following news that MoMA photography curator Eva Respini will be its new chief curator and that it had acquired 43 works from the collection of Barbara Lee, the ICA Boston announced today that it has tapped Dan Byers, the curator of modern and contemporary art at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum of Art, to be its senior curator.

Byers had been at the Carnegie since 2009, where he was part of the three-person team that organized the excellent 2013 Carnegie International. In 2012 the museum appointed him the Richard Armstrong Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, a position named after the former Carnegie director who is now director of the Guggenheim. Before joining the Carnegie, Byers held positions at Minneapolis’s Walker Art Center and Philadelphia’s Fabric Workshop and Museum.

“Dan brings considerable curatorial experience, a depth of knowledge of the national and international contemporary art landscape, and a collaborative spirit,” Respini said in a statement released to press. “Dan’s commitment to putting the interests of artists and their work first makes him an ideal curator for the museum.”

In other ICA news, the museum is currently hosting a 50-year survey of fiber art that runs through January 4, 2015.

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