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Mia Locks. Photo: Pari Dukovic.

Mia Locks Joins LA MoCA as Senior Curator and Head of New Initiatives

The Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA), Los Angeles, has named Mia Locks as its new senior curator and head of new initiatives. In her new role, she will curate exhibitions, help grow the institution’s collection, and identify and develop initiatives to “address the important social, civic, and political concerns of our times.” Locks will take up the post in July.

“As a contemporary art museum, MoCA needs to anticipate and respond to the world around us, and Mia will help us to lead efforts to support the issues that artists care about most,” director Klaus Biesenbach said in a statement. “For example, museums have to address pressing issues of equity and inclusion, and climate and ecology, among others. I know Mia will help bring attention to these issues and support MoCA in being a responsible citizen among citizens.”

Previously, Locks was an independent curator based in New York and a 2018 fellow at the nonprofit Center for Curatorial Leadership. In 2017, she served as cocurator of the Whitney Biennial, with Christopher Y. Lew, at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Locks also worked as an assistant curator at MoMA PS1, where she helped organize its quinquennial “Greater New York” in 2015, as well as thematic and monographic exhibitions featuring work by artists such as IM Heung-soon, Math Bass, and Samara Golden.

The institution also recently promoted Amanda Hunt to the dual position of director of education and senior curator of programs, longtime MoCA senior curator Bennett Simpson to the position of senior curator and administrative department head, and Anna Katz from associate curator to curator.

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