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Christian Rattemeyer. Photo: Noah Rabinowitz.
Christian Rattemeyer. Photo: Noah Rabinowitz.

Christian Rattemeyer Appointed Director of New York’s SculptureCenter

SculptureCenter in Long Island City, New York, has named Christian Rattemeyer as its next director. Rattemeyer comes to the contemporary arts space from the Museum of Modern Art, where he served as associate curator in the department of drawings and prints. He succeeds Mary Ceruti, who stepped down to become the executive director of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and will assume his responsibilities on November 1.

“All of us at SculptureCenter are very pleased to have Christian Rattemeyer as our new director and truly excited about what lies ahead under his leadership,” SculptureCenter board chair Andreas Beroutsos said. “Christian’s deep and geographically broad roots in art history and contemporary art, his curatorial record of creative and insightful choices as well as insatiable interest into artistic innovation, the respect he commands among his peers, his institutional leadership qualities, and genuine focus on teamwork and people-and-artist development, made Christian the logical choice to lead SculptureCenter into the future.”

During his tenure at MoMA, Rattemeyer has curated numerous exhibitions, including “Unfinished Conversations: New Work from the Collection” (2017); “Transmissions: Art in Eastern Europe and Latin America 1960–1980” (2015); and “Alighiero Boetti: Game Plan” (2012). He is currently co-organizing the exhibition “SURROUNDS: 11” Installations,” which will inaugurate MoMA’s newly expanded building this fall.

Rattemeyer began his career in the art world as an artists’ assistant at Documenta 9 in 1992, in his hometown of Kassel, and participated in several subsequent editions of the quinquennial. He also served as founding director of OSMOS, a contemporary project space in Berlin; was co-curator for the third and fourth International Biennial for Film and Architecture in Berlin; and was a curator at New York’s Artists Space for four years.

Commenting on his new role, Rattemeyer said: “The museum leads the conversation in contemporary art and has been a cultural pioneer in Long Island City. Its outstanding program has served and inspired a unique community of artists and colleagues. As a curator who has worked globally and values international dialogue, I hope to work with the museum’s dedicated team and board to strengthen our partnerships and engagement abroad, and deepen the opportunities we provide for our artists and our audiences.”