Miranda Lash has been hired as curator of contemporary art at the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky. She has been curator of modern and contemporary art at the New Orleans Museum of Art since 2008, and was also cofounder in 2011 of the art criticism website Pelican Bomb.*
In a press statement, Lash said: “I am excited to become a part of the Speed Art Museum’s promising future. Between the new building and its stunning galleries, the site-specific commissions planned for the Art Park, and the enthusiasm for contemporary art in Louisville, the possibilities seem boundless.”
Lash attended Harvard University, where she received her BA in the history of art and architecture (2003), and Williams College, where she earned her MA in art history (2006).
She served as curatorial assistant at the Menil Collection in Houston (2006-07), before becoming founding curator of the modern and contemporary department at NOMA, where she also managed the museum’s sculpture garden. Among the exhibitions she has curated are those of Mel Chin, Wayne Gonzalez, and French artist Camille Henrot. Garden commissions included pieces by Rashaad Newsome, Katie Holten and Swoon.
“Miranda’s curatorial practice also reveals a deep commitment to making meaningful connections between artists and local communities; I know she looks forward to engaging with Louisville’s vibrant contemporary art community,” said chief curator Scott Erbes in a press statement, underscoring the important role regional museums play in fostering the art scenes in their cities.
Lash takes up her new role at the Speed on August 18. The Speed has been undergoing a $50-million expansion that will double its overall square footage. It will reopen in spring 2016.
*BURNAWAY and Pelican Bomb are co-presenting a two-city critics’ residency. Click here for more information and to apply.