Amara Antilla. Photo: David Heald/the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York.

Cincinnati’s Contemporary Arts Center Names Amara Antilla Senior Curator

The Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) in Cincinnati has appointed Amara Antilla as its new senior curator. Antilla comes to the CAC following eight years at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, where she most recently held the position of assistant curator. During her tenure at the institution, she coordinated performances and special projects by midcareer and established artists such as Luis Camnitzer, Amalia Pica, Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa, and Slavs and Tatars, and helped organize retrospectives and solo exhibitions of work by Simone Leigh (2019), Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian (2015), and V. S. Gaitonde (2014).

“Amara brings exceptional curatorial breadth and expertise to our highly collaborative, innovative staff culture,” said director and chief curator Raphaela Platow. “We were impressed by her ability to integrate all components and departments of an institution in order to advance the entire organization, evident by her experience with cross-disciplinary projects such as the MAP Initiative, and her passion for connecting culture and community. Amara’s expertise and insight will be especially effective for championing the CAC at an optimal moment in its history as it seeks to play an even more consequential role in sharing with our diverse communities the plurality of perspectives and transformative potential of contemporary arts.”

Antilla has also served as a curatorial adviser for the Dhaka Art Summit in Bangladesh and is one of the organizers of the “Connecting Modern Art Histories in and across Africa, South, and Southeast Asia” seminar, which was launched by the Dhaka Art Summit, the Institute for Comparative Modernities at Cornell University, and the Asia Art Archive, and will take place in Hong Kong and Dhaka in August 2019 and February 2020.

Commenting on her new role, Antilla said: “The CAC’s distinguished history of commissioning new works by pioneers such as Dorothea Rockburne and David Medalla in the 1960s and ’70s and more recently by emerging and mid-career artists Pia Camil, Shilpa Gupta, and Firelei Báez, among many others, was particularly attractive to me. As a native Midwesterner, I look forward to collaborating with the CAC’s dynamic team to build upon the museum’s legacy of defending free expression in the arts through programming that engages with local, regional, and international artists and audiences.” She will assume her responsibilities on September 1.