MoMA PS1 announced today that Peter Eleey has been promoted from curator to curator and associate director of exhibitions and programs at the museum. So, he’s still the top curator there, but will now also work “closely with [PS1 Director Klaus] Biesenbach to expand the institution’s exhibitions and programs and to build its overall capacity in partnership with colleagues at the Museum of Modern Art,” according to a release, which says that he has organized a pretty impressive 16 exhibitions since joining the museum three years ago.
Some New Yorkers are in Sharjah, in the United Arab Emirates, for the March Meeting 2012 at the moment. What is the March Meeting, you ask? Though the title brings to mind March Madness, this yearly gathering of artists, curators and institutions has nothing to do with basketball.
In fact, it’s the fifth installment of a yearly event for artists, curators and institutions presented by the Sharjah Art Foundation to discuss the creation and presentation of art in the region and internationally. Peter Eleey, Eungie Joo, and Alanna Heiss are just some of the art-world luminaries assembled there right now.
The weekend before the opening of his midcareer retrospective at MoMA PS1, which opens to the public this Sunday, the painter Henry Taylor was walking through the museum’s first-floor galleries, inspecting the boxes that had just been shipped from his studio in Los Angeles. Some canvases were already leaning against the walls and others were sealed in bubble wrap. Some were still scattered around L.A. The month before, Mr. Taylor had gone to his daughter’s mother’s house there, where he had stored a number of pieces, only to discover they had been burned and destroyed (the circumstances are foggy). At PS1, he was walking through the show with Peter Eleey and Laura Hoptman, the exhibition’s two curators, rattling off stories about his work.