Susanne Ghez, who led Chicago’s Renaissance Society as director and chief curator for nearly 40 years, is not leaving the contemporary art game. The Artist Institute of Chicago announced that she will join its staff as an adjunct curator in its department of contemporary art.
Ms. Ghez stepped down from the Renaissance Society, one of the first contemporary art institutions in the United States, in January. Here’s a bit more about what her new position entails from the museum’s official release:
“Ghez will bring her seasoned expertise in contemporary art to all aspects of the museum’s engagement with the field, including exhibitions, acquisitions, and collections. She will represent the museum in Chicago, around the country, and abroad, traveling widely to visit contemporary artists and institutions, and engaging on behalf of the Art Institute in global contemporary programming.”
Ms. Ghez organized no fewer than 160 exhibitions at the Renaissance Society, including solo shows with Jeff Koons, Paul Chan, Lawrence Weiner, Joseph Kosuth, Michael Asher, Mike Kelley, Nancy Spero and dozens of other people.
“Susanne Ghez is one of the most widely respected curators in contemporary art, not only in Chicago but around the world,” Douglas Druick, the president and director of the Art Institute, said in a statement.