The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (ICA Miami) has named Suzanne Weaver its interim director. Weaver replaces Alex Gartenfeld, who has held the position since September 2013 and will take on the new job of deputy director and chief curator, overseeing the institution’s curatorial and public programs. The institution plans to open in December, the month that Art Basel Miami Beach and its satellite fairs descend upon the city.
ICA Miami was born out of a recent controversy. Following a break with the City of North Miami, which owned the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami’s facility, the disgruntled board of trustees and former staff left North Miami and established the ICA. The new institution is currently located in a 12,500-square-foot temporary space in the landmark Moore Building, which the Miami Design District Associates provided rent-free.
Prior to joining the ICA, Weaver served as curator of modern and contemporary art at the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Ky., where she organized such shows as “Willie Doherty: Traces” (2011-12), “Minimalism: Now/Then/Again” (2011-12), “Andy Warhol: Myths” (2010), “Abstract Art and the Nature of Things” (2009) and “The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States” (2009). Weaver previously worked as associate curator of contemporary art at the Dallas Museum of Art; curatorial associate at the Indianapolis Museum of Art; exhibition director at the Center for Research in Contemporary Art (CRCA) at the University of Texas at Arlington; and was editor-in-chief of Circa, a Texas-based journal of contemporary art.
Gartenfeld, who joined MOCA North Miami as a curator in May 2013 and served as interim director for the past year following the departure of Bonnie Clearwater, curated “Love of Technology,”an exhibition featuring commissioned works by artists such as Ian Cheng, Lena Henke, Morag Keil, Ben Schumacher and Anicka Yi. His most recent MOCA presentation was a monographic show of work by Virginia Overton. Before joining the MOCA, Gartenfeld worked as an independent curator and co-founded the alternative exhibition spaces Three’s Company and West Street Gallery, both in New York. Gartenfeld is former digital director of Art in America and Interview magazines.