ASU Art Museum Hires Curator Julio Cesar Morales

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A year after John Spiak left his curating post at ASU Art Museum for gig in California, the museum staff announced they'll be welcoming a new curator in September.

Julio Cesar Morales is an artist and a well-seasoned curator. He comes from the the Yerba Buena Center for The Arts (YCBA) in San Francisco, where he served as adjunct curator and founder of the PAUSE II Practice and Exchange, which commissioned and supported artists from around the world to showcase process-based exhibitions.

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Julio Cesar Morales
Undocumented Intervention #1, 2005 watercolor drawing on paper, 34 x 42 in. featured at LACMA
His own work, which focuses on "issues of labor, memory, surveillance technologies and identity strategies" according to museum staff, has been shown around the world in museums, and biennales including the SFMOMA, UCLA Hammer Museum, The Rooseum Museum of Art, Istanbul Biennale, and the Singapore Biennale (to name a few). And he's received awards from Rockefeller Foundation, The Fleishhacker Foundation, and Levis Strauss Foundation.

"Curatorial practice and art education have always been an important part of my overall artistic practice," writes Morales in his curatorial statement, released by ASU Art Museum this afternoon. "I am particularly interested in art's unique ability to engage in a social context, which can imbue daily life with meaning and significance. An important aspect of that is creating opportunities to draw on new models of engagement with both schools and students."


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