Today REDCAT, the California Institute of the Arts’s (CalArts) contemporary art space at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Downtown Los Angeles, named Ruth Estévez as its new gallery director and curator beginning in November. Estévez is currently based in Mexico City, where she served as chief curator of the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Carrillo Gil from 2007-2011. She will take charge of the exhibition and publication programs at REDCAT.
After leaving the MACG she founded LIGA – Space for Architecture, a Mexico City-based independent organization aimed at examining contemporary Latin American architecture.
In today’s announcement Mark Murphy, REDCAT’s executive director, described Estévez — who was born in Bilbao and is currently a doctoral candidate in art history at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México — as “a dynamic and insightful curator and cultural instigator who approaches her work with a keen intellectual rigor, an articulate and nuanced sense of humor and a thoughtful, pointed sense of cultural activism.”
“I’m very excited about the opportunity to work in the city of Los Angeles, which has such strong links to Latin America,” Estévez added. “And I am especially excited by REDCAT’s unique interdisciplinary mission – theater arts and dance have always been key references for my curatorial practice, along with architectural notions of spatiality. I plan to explore in a provocative way the encounters and connections between these disciplines.”
— Benjamin Sutton