Rebecca Matalon. Photo: Myles Pettengill.

Curator Rebecca Matalon Joins the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (CAMH) announced that Rebecca Matalon has been named the institution’s new curator. Matalon comes to CAMH from the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (LA MOCA), where she most recently served as assistant curator, and will take up the post in January 2019.

“I am delighted to welcome Rebecca to CAMH,” said Christina Brungardt, who was named interim director of the institution following director Bill Arning’s unexpected departure last month. “Her passion and expertise will energize and complement the vibrant and diverse arts community of Houston in a similar manner as her projects in Los Angeles have done there. She is an asset to CAMH’s mission of creating exhibitions that contribute to and define the dialogue surrounding the cultural and social impact of contemporary art.”

During her five-year stint at LA MOCA, Matalon organized numerous exhibitions, including “Mickalene Thomas: Do I Look Like a Lady?” (2016), “Rick Owens: Furniture” (2016), “Fischli & Weiss: Der Lauf Der Dinge” (2017), “Welcome to the Dollhouse” (2018), and “Décor: Barbara Bloom, Andrea Fraser, Louise Lawler” (2018). Most recently, she co-organized “Zoe Leonard: Survey” (2018), a major midcareer retrospective of Leonard’s work, which debuted at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and will travel to the Geffen Contemporary at LA MOCA later this month. Matalon is also cofounder of and curator at the Los Angeles–based nonprofit exhibition space JOAN, which is dedicated to presenting the work of emerging, underrecognized, and women artists.

Commenting on her new role, Matalon said: “I am absolutely thrilled to be moving from one historic and forward-thinking art institution to another. CAMH’s rich and longstanding commitment to supporting experimental arts and artists is unparalleled. To join an institution that has, for seventy years, championed the art of our time and played a vital role within the Houston community is a tremendous honor and privilege. I greatly look forward to working with such esteemed colleagues and becoming a part of the city’s diverse and well-established art scene, which is renown for its world-class institutions and strong community support for the arts.”