Dieter Roelstraete has been named the next curator of the University of Chicago’s Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society, which explores new ways to approach complex questions through faculty research projects, a global fellowship program, and exhibitions. He will take up the post on November 10. Prior to joining the institution, Roelstraete served on the curatorial team that organized Documenta 14.
“Dieter is one of the most creative and thoughtful curators at work today,” said Jonathan Lear, the director of the Neubauer Collegium. “His work exemplifies how artistic expression and humanistic research can meld together and support each other. I am looking forward to working with him, and I am eager to see how he’ll make use of the freedom our gallery affords.”
Roelstraete was a senior curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago from 2012 to 2015. During his tenure, he organized a number of exhibitions, including “The Way of the Shovel: Art as Archaeology” (2015), “The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music 1965 to Now” (2015), and “Kerry James Marshall: Mastry” (2016). From 2003 to 2011, he was a curator at the Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen.
“After spending three years working on what is effectively the largest art exhibition in the world—a hugely complex and impossibly expansive affair—I am excited to start working in a much more concentrated, in-depth fashion,” Roelstraete said. “Curating in a beautiful, humanly sized space at the University of Chicago will both allow and require that. I am a long-standing advocate for the idea of art as a form of research and knowledge production, and I cannot think of a more welcoming home to further develop these intuitions in concert with the great minds that people the wilds of Hyde Park.”