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UMMA Appoints New Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art

Jacob Proctor

Jacob Proctor

July 17, 2007—The University of Michigan Museum of Art is pleased to announce the appointment of Jacob Proctor as the new Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. Jacob is currently a Curatorial Fellow at the Harvard University Art Museums, and is completing his doctorate in modern and contemporary art at Harvard. His museum experience includes the organization of several exhibitions, including most recently Multiple Strategies: Beuys, Maciunas, Fluxus, presented to critical acclaim at the Busch-Reisinger Museum at Harvard earlier this year. Proctor joins the UMMA staff in September.

“We are delighted that Jacob will be joining our curatorial team,” states UMMA Director James Steward. “His fresh perspective and grounding in modern and contemporary practice will be extraordinary assets as gallery planning for the expanded UMMA building now shifts into high gear. The modern and contemporary portfolio at UMMA is especially strong; continuing to build our collections in these areas and deepening our contemporary program will be critical to the reimagined Museum we will open in 2009.”

In his position, Proctor will be responsible for overseeing the Museum’s new galleries dedicated to modern and contemporary collections, adding to the Museum’s international art holdings after 1917, and developing and presenting special exhibitions from this period, including in the new Project Gallery to be devoted to cutting-edge installations and exhibitions of contemporary work.

Proctor’s past research has focused on avant-garde activity in the visual arts from the 1950s through the 70s, in particular intermedia, experimental film, and works on paper. In addition to Multiple Strategies, for which he also organized a major international Fluxus symposium at Harvard, he has organized The Offset Revolution: Artists’ Books and Publications, 1960–1975 (2005), The Archival Imagination: Found Footage in Experimental Film (2005), and co-curated Prints: System, Style, and Structure (2004). Proctor received his BA, summa cum laude, in art history at the University of Colorado at Boulder.