CAC in Flux

Toby Kamps, the Contemporary Arts Center’s senior curator, resigned yesterday to take a job at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. He was hired by the CAC about six months ago.
Kamps departure comes on the heels of former CAC director Linda Shearer’s resignation in September.

Here’s the official CAC press release:

November 28, 2006 (Cincinnati) — The Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) today announced that Senior Curator Toby Kamps will leave to join the curatorial staff of the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston.
“We wish Toby success in his new position,” said Otto Budig, CAC trustee and board chairman. “The opportunity in Houston is a unique one for Toby. He will have access to a larger curatorial budget that makes the position extremely attractive.” Kamps will become one of three curators at the Houston museum, effective January 15.
“The CAC historically has curated a large number of original exhibitions for an institution of its size,” said Mr. Budig. “As one of the nation’s first museums of contemporary art, we have a legacy of outstanding original programming, which has helped build our national and international reputation, as well as hosting outstanding traveling exhibitions. We are committed to being a premiere destination for residents and visitors to this region.”
“We will work quickly to fill the senior curator role,” Mr. Budig said. “In the meantime, our exhibit schedule is set through the 2007 season.”
Graphic Content: Contemporary and Modern/ Art and Design will open next Friday, December 8. The first in a series of five exhibitions that pair modern design and painting of the 1940s and 50s created by Cincinnati’s world renowned pioneers with contemporary works by a younger generation of internationally acclaimed artists and designers. Graphic Content features the work of Charley Harper, Malcolm Greer, and Ryan McGinness. The installation and graphic identity of this exhibition were developed with internationally renowned designer Todd Oldham.

— Jason Gargano

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2 Comments on “CAC in Flux”

  1. WestEnder Says:

    I was in Houston a couple of years ago for my cousin’s wedding. Here’s what I remember:

    George H.W. Bush Airport.
    Pollution.
    The sign next to the road saying “Welcome to Sugarland, district of Tom DeLay”.
    Smog.
    Bad drivers in pickups.
    Haze.
    Redneck cops.

    I wish Mr. Kamps best of luck, but I know it would take a lot more than a better job for me to move there.

  2. Jim Says:

    All I can say about WestEnder is thank goodness he’s not moving to Houston. If all he can see are sterotypes that aren’t really prevalent here, then we don’t want him. I’ve lived in a number of cities–including New York, Boston, Chicago, and New Orleans–and can tell you that Houston is one of my favorite places. Here’s what I know:

    One of the most diverse American cities with near equal amounts of whites, blacks, and Latinos.

    The fourth-largest city in America.

    The most amazing food of anyplace I’ve ever lived, especially the incredible array of top-notch Mexican, Cajun, Steakhouses, and Vietnamese.

    An exceptionally clean and efficient city, especially for its size.

    Art museums with international reputations, including the Menil Collection, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the Contemporary Arts Museum.

    A top university in Rice.

    World-class medical centers.

    A franchise for every major sport.

    One of the most eclectic and lively music scenes imaginable, thanks to the Mexican, Cajun, and country influences.

    Short road trips to New Orleans, Austin, Dallas, and San Antonio.

    And, yes, contrary to your assumptions, a huge population of left-leaning, progressive thinkers. As many experts have been pointin out lately, the country is not divided by red states and blue states so much as by conservative rural areas and liberal big cities. Texas is no different.

    I’ve never been to Sugarland and I don’t believe it tells you any more about Houston than a visit to Covington would tell me about the soul of Cincinnati.

    Why all the hate? Houston is a great American city and if you can ever open your mind up enough to get beyond your incredibly snooty pre-conceived notions maybe you’ll come see for yourself.


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