Cox named chief curator of AGO
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.”