Cox named chief cu­ra­tor of AGO

Times Colonist - - Arts -

TORONTO — Ju­lian Cox has been ap­pointed chief cu­ra­tor of the Art Gallery of On­tario, the gallery an­nounced Thurs­day.

The Bri­tish art vet­eran will also be­come the gallery’s sec­ond deputy di­rec­tor, join­ing Ali­cia Van­der­meer, deputy di­rec­tor and chief ad­vance­ment of­fi­cer.

Cox re­places for­mer chief cu­ra­tor Stephanie Smith, who left the gallery in Oc­to­ber 2016.

He has 25 years of mu­seum ex­pe­ri­ence and is cur­rently the chief cu­ra­tor and found­ing cu­ra­tor of pho­tog­ra­phy for the Fine Arts Mu­se­ums of San Fran­cisco.

He’ll start his ten­ure at the AGO in Jan­uary 2018.

Cox’s ap­point­ment comes af­ter last month’s de­par­ture of An­drew Hunter, who had served as the AGO’s Cana­dian art cu­ra­tor since May 2013.

In a Toronto Star col­umn last week, Hunter said he left his job be­cause he was wor­ried “about an in­sti­tu­tion wa­ver­ing in its com­mit­ment to make space for new voices.”

The AGO said part of Cox’s goal will be to po­si­tion “Toronto and On­tario’s rich artis­tic land­scape in the widest con­text pos­si­ble to en­sure the gallery is in­clu­sive and wel­com­ing, and bet­ter re­flects the di­ver­sity of the com­mu­ni­ties it serves.”

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