April 17, 2019

Eskenazi Museum of Art Hires Elliot Reichert as Inaugural Curator of Contemporary Art

BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA—The Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University has appointed Elliot Reichert as its first curator of contemporary art. The newly-created position was funded by a gift from alumna Linda Watson, her husband, Joe Moravy, and Judy and Gregg Summerville. Reichert will be responsible for overseeing the institution’s contemporary art program and will also serve as an advisor on public art at the university. He will take up the post this spring.

“As our reimagined museum prepares for reopening, we understand the important role that contemporary art can play in connecting people with art,” Eskenazi Museum director David A. Brenneman said. “This new curatorial area illustrates our commitment to advancing our mission of being a leader among university teaching museums, and Elliot will help us expand our reach.”

Reichert is currently based in Chicago, where he has worked as a curator, editor, and researcher since 2006. He has organized exhibitions at the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University; Artpace, San Antonio; the Chicago Artists Coalition; and the Beirut Art Center, Lebanon, and has served as editor of the journal the Northwestern Art Review and the website New City. Commenting on his new role, Reichert said, “I am thrilled to join the team of the Eskenazi Museum of Art at the beginning of this exciting chapter in its long history.”

The museum is currently undergoing a $30 million renovation that began in 2017 and was renamed in honor of Sidney and Lois Eskenazi, who made a lead gift of $15 million to the project. The expanded facility will reopen in the fall and will feature a new exhibitions space dedicated to the display of new media and four new centers designated to education, conservation, curatorial studies, and prints, drawings, and photographs.

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