Susan L. Stoops, curator of contemporary art at the Worcester Art Museum, in Worcester, Mass., has been named interim chief curator of the 116-year-old institution, WAM director Matthias Waschek announced today, writing in a statement, “I always admired [Ms. Stoops's] curatorial work and look forward to initiating the next phase in the museum’s growth with Susan and our other WAM team members.”
The new interim chief curator has organized exhibitions with Martha Rosler, Kiki Smith and David Thorpe, and overseen the reinstallation of the museum’s contemporary galleries.
Ms. Stoops has the unique and rarefied pleasure of getting to view a gigantic orange mural by German painter Charline von Heyl every single day when she goes to work, and also gets to eat in a cafe where most of the items are named for famous artists. (Though we haven’t had it, the Soutine grilled chicken sandwich sounds particularly delicious, served with roasted tomato, peppers and onion on garlic toast topped with mozzarella and cheddar. The whole menu is here.)
In other WAM news, the Brooklyn-based painter Carrie Moyer, who shows at Lower East Side’s Canada gallery, will have a one-person show there, called “Interstellar,” from Feb. 11 to Aug. 19.