Two years after MOCA Chief Curator Paul Schimmel left under questionable conditions, the museum’s board has finally found a replacement with Helen Molesworth. Molesworth will join MOCA, hopping coasts from Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art, where she has served for four years as the Barbara Lee Chief Curator. Before that, Molesworth was at Harvard, then at the Wexner Center, then at the Baltimore Museum of Art, and then before that at the State University of New York. She has the CV that most curators only dream of.
And Molesworth, a career curator, is just what MOCA needs to quell any doubts the museum have yet to turn a corner, after several years of controversial departures and financial misfortune. In 2013, the board made itself busy, boosting their endowment from $22 to more than $100 million; ousting Director Jeffrey Deitch and replacing him with the academic-minded Philippe Vergne from DIA; replacing artist board members who departed under Deitch’s reign; and now, finding the funds to hire a Chief Curator in Helen Molesworth.
Molesworth will take the helm on September 1, 2014.