The Albright-Knox Art Gallery announced the promotion of Cathleen Chaffee to the position of chief curator. She succeeds Douglas Dreishpoon, who stepped down in April 2014 after sixteen years at the museum.
Chaffee first joined the institution as curator in January 2014 and was promoted to senior curator in June 2015. During her tenure, she has facilitated many acquisitions of new works for the permanent collection and has curated numerous exhibitions, including the mid-career survey of the work of Joe Bradley, which runs through October 1; “Shade: Clyfford Still / Mark Bradford” (2016); “Erin Shirreff” (2016); “Eija-Liisa Ahtila: Ecologies of Drama” (2015–16); and “Looking at Tomorrow: Light and Language from The Panza Collection, 1967–1990” (2015–16). Currently, Chaffee is organizing the first museum survey of Tony Conrad’s artwork, “Introducing Tony Conrad: A Retrospective,” which will be staged at the Albright-Knox and the University at Buffalo Art Galleries in March 2018.
Her writing on contemporary art has been featured in various publications including Artforum, Frieze, Contemporary, Art Asia Pacific, and Manifesta Journal.