About a month back, we heard that Darsie Alexander, the Baltimore Museum of Art's senior curator for contemporary art, would be leaving her post soon, but we didn't know where she was going until today. Alexander will become the chief curator at the esteemed Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. (See the arts brief announcements in the New York Times and Minneapolis-St. Paul Star-Tribune.
Alexander has been with the BMA since 2000, and has been involved with or responsible for a number of its strongest contemporary exhibitions, including 2005's SlideShow and the upcoming, highly anticipated, and mammoth To Build a House You Start with the Roof: Work, 1972-2008, a solo exhibition of Austrian artist Franz West, which opens Oct. 12. For frequent visitors to the BMA's contemporary wing, she's also been the blithe spirit moving works around and rotating in works from the museum's permanent collection, keeping the galleries fun and fresh, as well as introducing artists into the BMA's FrontRoom series, such as the Dieter Roth and Rachel Harrison exhibition that also opens Oct. 12.
Alexander's deft eye and playful verve will be greatly missed at the BMA, but given that the Walker is such a prominent, internationally renown proponent of interdisciplinary contemporary arts, we'd like to offer her a hearty congratulations.