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Carlos Basualdo

“The role of this institution is not to be a collector but rather a producer of culture,” explains Carlos Basualdo of the Wexner Center for the Arts at Ohio State University in Columbus. He has just been appointed chief curator of exhibitions, replacing Sarah J. Rogers, who had been with the Wexner since its opening (in a building designed by Peter Eisenman and Richard Trott) in 1989 and its director of exhibitions since 1993. Rogers’s departure followed that of curator Donna De Salvo for a job at London’s Tate Modern. Paraphrasing the legendary early-twentieth-century curator Alexander Dorner, the thirty-six-year-old Basualdo says, “It should be a place that produces energy, that produces the public sphere (at a time when that is so threatened), a kind of powerhouse.”

Although Basualdo has amassed considerable curatorial experience over the past few years—for instance, organizing

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