The Walker Art Center today announced Clara Kim will become its new Senior Curator of Visual Arts in August. She is currently gallery director and curator of the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT) in Los Angeles, where she has worked since its inception in 2003.
REDCAT, housed in the Frank Gehry designed Disney Concert Hall, specializes in innovative visual, media, and performing arts. Kim’s recent shows include “Small Case Study House” based on the work of the Tokyo architectural firm Atelier Bow Wow. It examined contemporary models for housing in LA, while also serving as a critique of modern living.
Kim has also specialized in curating the work of artists working around the Pacific Rim.
In a release from the Walker Chief Curator Darsie Alexander says Kim has emerged as “a singular voice among curators. Her broad perspective on contemporary art, enthusiastic engagement of new curatorial practices and partnerships, and deep connection to artists are the foundation of remarkable career. We are delighted that she will be joining the staff at the Walker, bringing a fresh and exciting perspective on our legacy and future in the visual arts.”
Kim actually began her curatorial career as an intern at the Walker in the late 1990’s. She has also worked at the San Francisco Art Institute and SFMOMA.
She will take up her position at WAC after completing an international conference in Los Angeles on alternative practices and models.