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MoMA PS1 Communications Director Allison Rodman Departs Institution

Allison Rodman with Judith Shea's Easy Does It, 2014, at PS1's Greater New York exhibition in 2015. COURTESY INSTAGRAM

Allison Rodman with Judith Shea’s Easy Does It, 2014, at PS1’s ‘Greater New York’ exhibition in 2015.


Allison Rodman, who has served as director of communications at MoMA PS1 for nearly two years, is leaving the Long Island City institution, ARTnews has learned. Her last day is June 10.

“After two years at MoMA PS1—which I personally think is the most cutting-edge, exciting, and flat-out cool museum in New York City—I’ve decided to take a leap into the next phase of my career, pursuing a range of projects,” she said in a statement.

Rodman, who was previously a communications manager for the Armory Show, said she is working on some yet-to-be announced endeavors, while also working on Platform for Pedagogy, which has over the last few years organized a variety of cultural happenings in New York. She is the co-editor, alongside the Platform for Pedagogy founders, of Should I Go to Grad School?: 41 Answers to An Impossible Question, which was published by Bloomsbury.

“Working with Klaus and the entire team was a career highlight for me,” she said. “From the spellbinding Wael Shawky show last year, to the lineup of summer Warm Up concerts, to the quinquennial Greater New York exhibition, the entire run at this groundbreaking institution has been immensely fulfilling. I can’t wait to come back to see what comes to MoMA PS1 next—especially because, as of last year, it’s free to all New Yorkers!”

In recent months, PS1 has been gearing up for its 40th anniversary, with a retrospective of work by Vito Acconci—one of the first artists who showed at the institution when it opened in 1976 (decades before it merged with MoMA)—and “FORTY,” an exhibition organized by the institution’s founder, Alanna Heiss.

Other notable departures from PS1 in the last year include associate curator Christopher Lew and assistant curator Mia Locks. They are both now at the Whitney, as Lew left last year to become an associate curator, and Locks left to begin work on the 2017 Whitney Biennial, which she will co-curate alongside Lew.

To handle communications, PS1 has brought on Molly Kurzius, who was previously the associate director of communications at the Jewish Museum in New York. She starts today.

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