The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, has announced new curatorial staff hires. Amanda Hunt was named director of education and public programs, and Anna Katz was appointed assistant curator. Hunt began her post on March 1, and Katz will assume hers on May 1.
“Amanda Hunt and Anna Katz possess the best qualities of the emerging generation of museum professionals: they each share a keen commitment to history; to the pressing social causes of our current moment; a belief in the knowledge produced by artists; and a commitment to making all of the above available to the general public. We are thrilled to have them join the growing ranks at MoCA,” chief curator Helen Molesworth said.
Hunt recently served as associate curator at the Studio Museum in Harlem and curated of “inHarlem: Kevin Beasley, Simone Leigh, Kori Newkirk, Rudy Shepherd,” a multisite public art initiative in four historic Harlem parks (on view through July 25, 2017), and Portland2014: A Biennial of Contemporary Art. She was a curatorial assistant for the Los Angeles pavilion for the Ninth Shanghai Biennale in 2012 and has worked at a number of galleries and institutions, including nonprofit art space LA><Art; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York; the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco; and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Hunt holds her master’s degree in curatorial practice from California College of the Arts in San Francisco.
Katz is currently the Wendy Stark Curatorial Fellow at LA MoCA. Since joining the museum in 2015, she has organized “Peter Shire: Naked Is the Best Disguise” (2017) and served as curatorial assistant on the exhibitions “Carl Andre: Sculpture as Place, 1958–2010” (2017), “Doug Aitken: Electric Earth” (2016–17), and “Catherine Opie: 700 Nimes Road” (2016). Previously, she was a Joan Tisch Teaching Fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art, from 2008 to 2013. Katz earned her Ph.D. from the department of art and archaeology at Princeton University.