Updated March 28 at 6:28pm

RISD Museum picks new curator for contemporary art


PROVIDENCE – After a nationwide search, the Museum of Art at the Rhode Island School of Design has named Dominic Molon as the Richard Brown Baker Curator of Contemporary Art.

Molon’s appointment, announced Wednesday by John W. Smith, the museum’s director, fills the vacancy left in February by Judith Tannenbaum, who continues to serve the museum as an adjunct curator.

“I am thrilled to welcome Dominic Molon as the newest member of the RISD Museum’s exceptional curatorial team,” Smith said in prepared remarks. “Over the course of his career, Dominic has earned a highly respected and admired reputation for his rigorous, wide-ranging curatorial point of view. I’m confident that his commitment to contemporary artists, collaboration, scholarship and community engagement will build upon the Museum’s strengths and help move us forward in new and dynamic ways.”

Molon will begin his new role in September, when he will be responsible for the interpretation, development and care of the museum’s collection of contemporary art with an emphasis on exhibitions, publications, community engagement and acquisitions.

“I look forward to working with my colleagues at the museum to create programs and presentations that link past, present and future, but also to establishing a strong and active relationship with the artist community in Providence as well,” he said.

Molon comes to the RISD Museum from the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, where he has served as chief curator since 2010. Prior to joining CAM, he served as curator and acting curatorial department head for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, where he worked in various curatorial and research positions since 1994.

Molon received his master’s degree in art history and criticism from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and his bachelor’s degree in the history of art and architecture from the University of Illinois at Chicago.


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