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Curator Dan Cameron heading to Orange County

November 9, 2011 |  4:14 pm

The Orange County Museum of Art has announced its hiring of Dan Cameron as chief curator, effective January.

An internationally known curator with roots in New York who is not afraid to try new cities, Cameron was the founding director of Prospect New Orleans, a citywide art exhibition launched in 2008 that drew critical praise but did not succeed in staying under budget or on a biennial schedule. Previously he had curated the 10th Taipei Biennial, "Dirty Yoga" in 2006 and the 8th Istanbul Biennial, "Poetic Justice," in 2003. From 1995 to 2006, he was senior curator at the New Museum in New York.

Cameron's appointment signals a renewed seriousness of purpose for the Orange County Museum, which has struggled to find its niche in the crowd of contemporary art museums in Southern California since the departure of chief curator and deputy director Elizabeth Armstrong in 2008.

As part of his new post Cameron will be in charge of the museum's "California Biennial," which a museum spokesperson confirmed will be held in summer 2013 despite what could be serious competition from a new 2012 biennial organized by the Hammer Museum.


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Image: Dan Cameron in front of Peter Saul's "Typical Saigon," 1968, at the Orange County Museum of Art, where he guest curated a Saul exhibition in 2008. Artwork loaned from the Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Festival of Arts Purchase Fund. Image from Orange County Museum of Art.