Laurie Ann Farrell. Photo: Chia Chong.

Dallas Contemporary Names Laurie Ann Farrell Senior Curator

Dallas Contemporary announced that Laurie Ann Farrell, the curator of contemporary art at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), will join its staff as its new senior curator on April 1. She will fill the position left vacant by Justine Ludwig, who was named director of Creative Time in New York last year.

During her tenure at DIA, Farrell served as head of modern and contemporary art, advising on new acquisitions by artists such as Rashid Johnson, Annette Messager, Do Ho Suh, and Carrie Mae Weems. She also curated “Ruben & Isabel Toledo: Labor of Love,” an exhibition featuring new works the artistic duo created in response to DIA’s permanent collection.

Previously, Farrell was the executive director of exhibitions at the Savannah College of Art and Design—where she oversaw exhibition programming for the university’s galleries in Savannah; Atlanta; Lacoste, France; and Hong Kong; as well as for the SCAD Museum of Art and the SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion and Film—and served as a curator at the Museum for African Art in New York.

“I am honored to join Dallas Contemporary’s team of creative change makers,” said Farrell. “I look forward to sharing my vision, relationships, and experience at an institutional leader of contemporary art.”