The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago has appointed Omar Kholeif as the Manilow Senior Curator, announced Michael Darling, Chief Curator. Kholeif comes to Chicago from London, where he was curator at the Whitechapel Gallery, a public contemporary art institution. Kholeif’s position was previously occupied by Dieter Roelstraete, who left it last year to join the curatorial team at Documenta 14. The position has been notoriously difficult to fill, having been vacant for three years before being taken by Roelstraete, who held it for three years.
Kholeif’s curatorial work spans visual art, cinema, writing and criticism. He brings a new kind of international profile to the MCA, which has typically filled the Manilow Senior Curator position with European curators. While Kholeif has lived and worked in the UK for most of his career, his area of greatest expertise and experience lies in contemporary art of the Middle East and North Africa. [Read more…]