Curators Gabriel Ritter, Jen Mergel, and Naomi Beckwith Brought on for 2018 Armory Show

Jen Mergel, an independent curator who was once the senior curator of contemporary art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Gabriel Ritter, the head of contemporary art at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, have been hired to organize special sections within the 2018 Armory Show. Ritter will oversee the fair’s Focus section, while Mergel will be in charge of Platform, an area devoted to site-specific and large-scale artworks. Armory organizers also plan on starting a “curatorial leadership summit,” which will be chaired by MCA Chicago curator Naomi Beckwith. More than twelve curators will convene around the time of the fair to talk about issues within the field.

Benjamin Genocchio, the director of the Armory, said, “Ultimately, we selected curators that have strong institutional affiliations and experience building collections in the United States.” Genocchio’s goal for the upcoming edition is to “place artists and curators at the center of the fair once again.”

Last year, Jarrett Gregory, a curator at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC, was in charge of the Focus section. Eric Shiner, the former director of the Andy Warhol Museum, oversaw Platform.