Fionn Meade, Isla Leaver-Yap to Walker Art Center

Meade. (Photo by Guillermo Riveros)

Meade. (Photo by Guillermo Riveros)

Minneapolis’ Walker Art Center announced that it has hired Fionn Meade to be its senior curator of cross-disciplinary platforms and Isla Leaver-Yap to be a visiting film scholar. You may recall Mr. Meade for his work as curator at Long Island City’s SculptureCenter. He’s also a faculty member at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College and Columbia University. Ms. Leaver-Yap is an independent curator and scholar who recently organized the Artists Moving Image Festival at Tramway in Glasgow, Scotland.

What is a senior curator of cross-disciplinary platforms? The Walker explains in its release:

The title…reflects a fresh approach being taken by the institution. The Walker is known as a platform for housing multiple artistic disciplines (visual, performing, design, and film/media arts) and has hosted numerous artists that work across these platforms; however, specifically assigning a curator with the task of overseeing the strategic interplay between program areas will be new for the institution. As a contemporary, forward-looking institution, it is critical for the Walker to support new staffing models that are responsive to the changing needs of the artists served.

“It is a great privilege and honor to join the Walker, a vital institution that I have followed and admired for many years,” Mr. Meade said in a statement. “With such a singular and long-standing presence as a cross-disciplinary leader in the field, I am eager to build on the Walker’s commitment to working in-depth with the exemplary artists and innovators of our time.”

Thank you to Paul Schmelzer for tipping us off to the news on Twitter.