It was announced today that Joseph Rosa, curator of architecture and design at the Art Institute of Chicago, has named Zoë Ryan, currently senior curator at New York's Val Alen Institute, as the Neville Bryan Curator of Design at the Art Institute, effective October 31.
"Her exhibitions, writings, and presence in the community - as well as her enthusiasm for good design - have contributed greatly to the further understanding of how aesthetics of design and methods of fabrication have evolved since mid-century," said Rosa in a press release. In addition to curating its exhibitions, Ryan has also been editor of the Val Alen Report, the Institute's quarterly. Ryan organized The Good Life: New Public Spaces For Recreation, a Val Alen exhibition that closed last Sunday exploring "the reinvention of urban public spaces to meet the needs of 21st century recreation." and featuring projects by Ábalos & Herreros, Acconci Studio, Adjaye/Associates, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Weiss/Manfredi, and others, as well as editing the catalogue, distributed by Princeton Architectural Press.
No photograph accompanied the press release, so we rummaged the web for the image you see here, which is of a Zoë Ryan at a recent New York event that may - or may not - be the curator, herself. If you know for sure, let us know.
It looks like the same Zoe Ryan I met when she brought an exhibit to CAF last year. Irrespective of their curatorial talents, I think we'd all have to agree that she and Joe Rosa really represent a substantiallly amped-up glam factor when compared with Martha and John.
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