Eungie Joo has been appointed director of art and cultural programs at the Instituto Inhotim, a contemporary art museum set in a botanical garden in Minas Gerais, Brazil. The director and curator of education and public programs at New York’s New Museum since 2007, Joo was previously the founding director and curator of the Gallery at REDCAT, Los Angeles, from 2003-07. She also curated the South Korean Pavilion at the 2009 Venice Biennale, as well as the New Museum’s second triennial, “The Ungovernables,” held earlier this year and noted for its distinctly non-Western focus.
Joo inherits her new role from German art historian and curator Jochen Volz, who will become head of programs at London’s Serpentine Gallery in September after 8 years at Inhotim. During his tenure at the museum, Voltz curated projects with many artists, including Matthew Barney, Rirkrit Tiravanija and Adriana Varejão. Most recently, Voltz organized permanent exhibitions by Lygia Pape and Tunga. Volz will ease the transition by continuing to serve on the museum’s board of curators.
In a press release, Joo expressed her enthusiasm for her new job: “It is an honor to join the visionary team at Inhotim, whose unrivaled dedication to permanent commissions and artists’ pavilions has created a remarkable museum and compelling community programs. I look forward to participating in the continued growth of this unique project.” Joo takes the reins in September.