August 8, 2018

Blaffer Art Museum Director Toby Kamps Departs for White Cube

HOUSTON, TEXAS—Toby Kamps, director and chief curator at the Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston, has been named White Cube gallery’s director of external projects, Molly Glentzer reports for the Houston Chronicle. Kamps has led the Blaffer since September 2017, after serving as curator at Houston’s Menil Collection and the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. During his thirty-year career at public art institutions, Kamps has also held positions at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, and Institute of Contemporary Art at the Maine College of Art.

“The offer came out of the blue, and things happened very quickly. It was a difficult decision but a fantastic opportunity that makes sense for me and my family,” Kamps said. In addition to leading the Blaffer, Kamps has overseen the “Spotlights” section of the Frieze art fairs in New York and London editions since 2016. At White Cube, Kamps will be based in London and direct artist relations with public institutions.

Andrew Davis, dean of the Katherine McGovern College of the Arts at the University of Houston, credited Kamps with leading the Blaffer in “interesting, compelling new directions that engaged not only with the current contemporary art scene but also with current issues facing our society and our world.” The college will search nationwide for the next Blaffer Art Museum director.

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