The Mellon grant will support a full-time, two-year research fellowship for a postgraduate or pre-doctoral candidate to work with the museum’s curatorial and education staff. The fellow’s work will support printed and online materials for both departments, as well as organize public programs.
Money from the grant will also go toward the revival of the museum’s Critical Anthology Series, first launched in 1984, in association with MIT Press, and active for 20 years. Included among the six previous publications are Art After Modernism: Rethinking Representation (1984), Blasted Allegories (1989) and Out There: International Perspectives on Art and Culture (1990). Upcoming volumes will be developed through research by artist and scholar residencies, the museum’s seminar series, think tanks and public conferences.
The first new book in the series will be Mass Effect: Art and the Internet in the Twenty-First Century, coedited by museum curator Lauren Cornell along with Ed Halter, critic, curator and founder of Brooklyn film venue Light Industry.
Finally, the museum announced the creation of the MX Curatorial Travel Fund. A group of trustees contributed $300,000 to the fund, which will support staff curators’ travels.