New Curator for OC Museum of Art

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A well-known art organizer with national and international experience was recently appointed as chief curator for the Orange County Museum of Art, according to

Dan Cameron has more than three decades of experience organizing acclaimed exhibitions of contemporary art throughout the US and abroad, according to the art news site.

He’ll officially start in January, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the museum. Cameron will focus on the 2012 OC Collects exhibition of modern and contemporary art from Orange County collections.

Cameron’s  experience organizing large international biennials around the world, including Prospect New Orleans- the largest biennial of international contemporary art in the US- which he founded, will all help him approach the museum’s program.

“Cameron’s experience and perspective will strengthen the museum’s curatorial program and bring a major new voice into the artistic community of Southern California,” the website states.

Cameron’s experience includes being the first U.S. commissioner for the Aperto section at the 1988 Venice Biennale, curator of the most comprehensive exhibition of new international art ever presented in Spain- the 1994 Cocido y Crudo at the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid, and organizer of the 8th Istanbul Biennial, Poetic Justice, in 2003, and many more.

“He’s one of the most accomplished contemporary art curators in the world and his energy, passion, intellectual curiosity, and ability to make the case for contemporary art’s relevance within our broader culture are unparalleled,” said museum director Dennis Szakacs. “We are the right platform, and this is the right time and place for his talents to flourish.”

Cameron was chosen for the job after an international search led by museum trustee  Dr. James Pick, according to the website.

“Dan Cameron is an acclaimed curator who can build on the vibrant exhibition history of OCMA, significantly enhance the museum’s collection, energize conversations, reach out to the cultural communities of Orange County and beyond, and continue his renowned curatorial accomplishments,” Pick said. “We welcome him.”

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