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Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis’s Chief Curator Resigns

Following on the heels of an attack on a museum staff member in St. Louis, ostensibly stemming from the controversy surrounding Kelley Walker’s current exhibition at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, the institution’s deputy director for exhibitions and programs and chief curator Jeffrey Uslip is leaving the museum to take up a new position at another institution. Uslip was the curator of the Walker show, which has been walled off in an unprecedented move by the institution.

Uslip became chief curator at CAM St. Louis in 2014. Since then, he curated “Mark Bradford: Receive Calls on Your Cell Phone From Jail,” “Hurvin Anderson: Backdrop,” and a show of Jesse Howard’s work, one of Missouri’s most prominent self-taught artists. He also organized the institutional debuts of Laurie Simmons’s “Two Boys and the Love Doll” and Katharina Fritsch’s “Postcards.” “Kelley Walker: Direct Drive” is Walker’s first solo American museum exhibition.

The museum has begun a national search for a new curator.