The David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University is pleased to announce the appointment of Kate Kraczon as Curator beginning August 1, 2019. The Curator plays an essential role in conceptualization and implementation of the Bell Gallery’s exhibition and educational programs, as well as managing the care and growth of the permanent collection. “We are delighted that Kate will be joining us. Her knowledge of contemporary art, curatorial talents, and outgoing and infectious nature will be a valuable addition to the Bell Gallery staff during this period of growth as we join with the Brown Arts Initiative and recommit to presenting contemporary visual arts to the Brown and New England communities,” said Bell Gallery Director Jo-Ann Conklin.
Kraczon comes to Brown from the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, where she held the position of Laporte Associate Curator and organized over thirty exhibitions. At ICA since 2008, Kraczon championed emerging artists, notably curating Alex Da Corte and Jayson Musson: Easternsports (2014) and Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme: The Incidental Insurgents (2015), as well as solo exhibitions by artists such as Karla Black, Suki Seokyeong Kang, and Becky Suss. Her most recent exhibition, Ree Morton: The Plant That Heals May Also Poison, is a reassessment of the work of the innovative feminist artist who died in 1977 at the age of 41. The show was awarded a commendation by the inaugural Sotheby’s Prize, for an “exhibition that breaks new ground,” and was featured in Artforum’s “Best of 2018” issue. It will be presented at the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College in the fall 2019 and travels to the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles in 2020.