18 Jul. 2014
The Model, home of the Niland Collection and one of Ireland’s leading contemporary art spaces, is delighted to announce the appointment of Megan Johnston as the new Director.
Johnston is a curator, educator, and writer who utilises socially engaged curatorial practice centering on fundamental questions about art, its display, and mediation. She is interested in where sociopolitical/historical issues and creativity converge with visual culture and civil engagement.
Johnston will develop The Model’s role locally and internationally, and will expand a programme that embraces notions of locality rooted in long-term critical inquiries, cross-disciplinary practices, and contemporary visual culture. Johnston is interested in permeable spaces, with diverse activities and multiple formats, devised in collaboration with a network of local, regional, national and international organisations.
Johnston comes to The Model from Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she was Lecturer at Minneapolis College of Art & Design and an independent curator. Upcoming curatorial projects include work with the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis Institute of Art, http://www.weisman.umn.edu/, and MCAD.
For nearly 20 years, Johnston has worked in leading museums and galleries both in Ireland and the United States, including positions at the Walker Arts Centre, the Weisman Art Museum all in Minneapolis, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Focusing on socially engaged practice, she has curated more than 300 artists’ projects internationally.
Johnston will take up her new role in September.