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ICA’s Program Curator: Alex Klein

July 12, 2011, Volume 58, No. 01


Claudia Gould, The Daniel W. Dietrich, II Director of the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania, announced the appointment of Alex Klein as the new program curator at ICA. Ms. Klein, an artist and writer previously based in Los Angeles, was most recently the Ralph M. Parsons Curatorial Fellow in the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), where she curated public programs, and a lecturer in the Roski School of Fine Arts at the University of Southern California (USC).

As program curator, Ms. Klein will address programming in multi-dimensional ways and work to transfigure the ICA’s website into a meaningful extension of the museum while continuing to foster collaborations with the University of Pennsylvania community.

Ms. Klein said, “As an artist working in the institution, I am interested in thinking about the ICA as a discursive space. I look forward to finding new ways to engage different creative communities and to bringing the conversations happening in artists’ studios and in the critical sphere into dialogue.”

“We are thrilled to have Alex be part of ICA’s curatorial team, to build on our mission, and to have a person dedicated to working on public programs and interfacing with the university in a proactive way,” said Ms. Gould. “We had hundreds of applicants for this position, and Alex stood out for her combination of experience at museums, universities, and as an artist—areas at the core of our mission. We look forward to having her actively participating in the cultural community of Philadelphia, her former home, and advancing ICA’s tradition of groundbreaking programming.”

In addition to programming for LACMA, Ms. Klein edited, contributed to, and organized Words Without Pictures, a multi-platform publication, website, and series of conversations devoted to contemporary issues in photography. A second edition of the book was co-published by LACMA and Aperture in April 2010. She is also a co-founder of Oslo Editions, an editorial project that encompasses publishing, live events, and exhibitions. In addition to USC, she has taught at UCLA and Otis College of Art and Design.

Ms. Klein received an MFA from UCLA and an MA in the history of art from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, and a BA in art history from Columbia University, New York.

Almanac - July 12, 2011, Volume 58, No. 01