The Menil Collection announced today that the Palestine- and Jordan-based curator Reem Fadda has been awarded the eighth Walter Hopps Award for Curatorial Achievement. Fadda will receive a $20,000 stipend and will deliver a public lecture at the institution this fall.
“Reem Fadda has an impressive record of organizing groundbreaking programs both inside and outside of conventional museums,” director Rebecca Rabinow said. “Her fundamental belief that contemporary art and architecture represent an ongoing engagement with the most challenging questions of our time informs every aspect of her work.”
Fadda served as associate curator of Middle Eastern Art for the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi from 2010 to 2016; director of the Palestinian Association for Contemporary Art from 2005 to 2007; and academic director of the International Academy of Art Palestine, a progressive educational institution which she helped found in 2006. She curated the Riwaq Biennale, Ramallah, with Charles Esche in 2009, and the sixth edition of the Marrakech Biennale in 2016. She will also curate the inaugural exhibition of the Palestinian Museum, in Ramallah, which will open on September 1.
A selection panel assembled by Rabinow and Toby Kamps, the Menil’s curator of modern and contemporary art, chose Fadda from a pool of nine candidates. The jury comprised Phong Bui, cofounder and creative director of the Brooklyn Rail; Hou Hanru, artistic director of MAXXI National Museum of Twenty-First-Century Arts in Rome; and Jessica Morgan, director of the Dia Art Foundation in New York.
Established in 2001 in honor of Menil founding director Walter Hopps, the biennial award recognizes early- to midcareer curators who have made significant contributions to the field of contemporary art. Previous recipients of the Walter Hopps Award include Roger M. Buergel, Maria Lind, Adam Szymczyk, and Cuauhtémoc Medina.