Top REDCAT curator leaving for post at Walker Art Center in Minneapolis
Clara Kim, the gallery director and curator at the Roy and Edna Disney / CalArts Theater (REDCAT) in Los Angeles, will be leaving the institution to take up a post at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. She will assume her new job Aug. 1, according to the Walker.
Kim has been on the staff of REDCAT since it opened in 2003, serving first as assistant curator and since 2008 as gallery director and curator. She succeeded Eungie Joo, who joined the staff of New York's New Museum of Contemporary Art.
Kim's responsibilities at REDCAT have involved selecting and overseeing art installations at the institution's gallery space in downtown L.A. Prior to joining REDCAT, Kim worked in curatorial departments at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Art Institute and as a curatorial intern at the Walker Art Center.
In a statement, Mark Murphy, REDCAT's executive director, said that "Clara has played such an important role in establishing REDCAT as an influential international center for contemporary culture that it is hard to imagine REDCAT without her, but this new appointment at the Walker Art Center, one of the nation's most respected arts institutions, is a cause for celebration. ... I know that Clara's passion will continue to be felt around the world, including here in L.A., even if she is based in Minneapolis."
During her tenure at REDCAT, Kim has organized residencies, commissions, exhibitions and catalogs with a focus on contemporary art from Pacific Rim countries. This season, the REDCAT gallery will feature work by artists Geoffrey Farmer, Kim Beom and Jesse Jones.
Her work at REDCAT also included architecture-focused exhibitions including 2009's "Small Case Study House," a three-month residency and commissioned installation by the Tokyo architecture firm Atelier Bow Wow. Currently at REDCAT is an installation devoted to architecture in the Palestine region called "Decolonizing Architecture."
-- David Ng
Photo: REDCAT in downtown L.A. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times