The University of Houston has announced that Toby Kamps, curator of modern and contemporary art at the Menil Collection, will join the Blaffer Art Museum as its new director and chief curator. He will also serve as the university’s new research assistant professor of art history. Kamps will start in his new roles in September.
“Toby brings with him the breadth of curatorial experience and knowledge of the contemporary art world that will enable us to continue to advance the mission of the Blaffer to be one of the city’s great contemporary art museums and a pillar in the city’s visual arts scene,” Andrew Davis, dean of the Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts, said.
Kamps has been curator of modern and contemporary art at the Menil Collection since 2010. Prior to that he served as senior curator at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. “The Blaffer Art Museum has a wonderful record of innovative exhibitions of contemporary art and is truly a gateway between the university and the wider world,” he said. Kamps succeeds former director Claudia Schmuckli, who left the Blaffer after seven years to become a curator at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.