Some big news from the curatorial-jobs front: the Whitney Museum has added two assistant curators to its roster, Marcela Guerrero and Rujeko Hockley. Hockley will begin on March 6, Guerrero on April 25.
Guerrero comes to the Whitney from the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, where she was a curatorial fellow and worked on the hotly anticipated exhibition “Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960–1985.” Previously, she was research coordinator for the International Center for the Arts of the Americas at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
Hockley arrives from the Brooklyn Museum, where she was assistant curator of contemporary art and was involved with exhibitions of work by LaToya Ruby Frazier, Tom Sachs, and others. She co-curated “Crossing Brooklyn: Art from Bushwick, Bed-Stuy, and Beyond” and “We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965–85,” which will go on view at the museum later this year. (Yes, they both worked on upcoming shows with “Radical Women” in their titles, which seems like a positive sign in these dark times.)
“Marcela and Ru have distinguished themselves as two of the brightest and most passionate curatorial voices of their generation,” Scott Rothkopf, the Whitney’s deputy director for programs and chief curator, said in a statement, adding, “Their scholarly acumen is matched by a frontline commitment to emerging artists, and I have no doubt their contributions to the Whitney’s program and collection will help broaden and reshape our narratives of the art of the United States, both past and present.”
It’s action packed over there at the Whitney right now! On Friday, the museum will open an exhibition looking at painting from the 1980s, and, in March, the Whitney Biennial—the first in three years, and the first in the museum’s tony new Meatpacking District home—makes its premiere. Hold on to your hats.