Ann Goldstein—the deputy director, chair, and curator of modern and contemporary art at the Art Institute of Chicago—announced today that Hendrik Folkerts has been appointed to the position of Dittmer Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the museum. Hendrik Folkerts is a curator for Documenta 14—which recently opened in Athens—and served as the curator of performance, film, and programs at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam from 2010 to 2015. From 2009 to 2011, he was also the coordinator of the curatorial program at the embattled De Appel Arts Center in Amsterdam. He will join the Art Institute part-time in July 2017 and then move to full-time by October 2017.
Along with the appointment of Folkerts, the two other additions to the museum’s curatorial staff are Jordan Carter and Robyn Farrell, who will become assistant curators of contemporary art. Carter most recently served as a curatorial fellow at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, from 2015 until this year. He earned a bachelor’s degree in modern culture and media from Brown University and a master’s degree in art history from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, with a focus on Fluxus and global conceptual art.
Farrell joined the Art Institute of Chicago as a curatorial assistant in modern and contemporary art in 2013. She has been managing the annual focus series, permanent collection presentations, special exhibitions, and programs in the Donna and Howard Stone Gallery for film, video, and new media. Farrell holds a bachelor’s degree in art history and film studies from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a master’s degree in art history, theory, and criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.