As Geoff Edgers over at “The Exhibitionist” reported earlier this week, Linda Norden will be leaving the Fogg after 8 years as curator. She has not stated her future plans.
In a conversation with Charles Giuliano last autumn, Norden spoke about being the first contemporary art curator at The Fogg:
“I took a job in a museum that never had a contemporary curator,” she said. “The position and department of Modern and Contemporary art was founded by the former director, James Cuno, in 1997. Harry Cooper was hired as the modern curator and he in turn wrote the job description for the contemporary position. The point is that I took a post as a curator in a museum that never had one and is renowned for its love of the object that informs what you do with it. So for me there was first the challenge of Harvard and secondly the challenge of bringing insights to the university’s commitment to the level of thinking about objects that is not typical of what is going on in contemporary art. My first exhibition was me wanting to ask what the experience of art is in a period in which the object is not supposed to be what it is about. What is the encounter with the work that is not about the object? I would like to think I am doing shows that I can only do at the Fogg. I don’t think that is what most contemporary curators have as their mission.”
The Fogg has yet to announce a replacement for Norden.