The Ren at the University of Chicago

Myriam Ben Salah appointed as Executive Director and Chief Curator

The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago has announced Tunisian curator and writer Myriam Ben Salah as Executive Director and Chief Curator. She will take over her new position on September 15, 2020.

Myriam Ben Salah. Photo: Nicolas Cottong

Myriam Ben Salah. Photo: Nicolas Cottong

Myriam Ben Salah is a Tunisian writer and author, she was formerly curator of Special Projects and Public Programs at the Palais de Tokyo. She served as the Editor-in-Chief of Kaleidoscope from 2016 until 2019, and she is currently Editor-at-Large at the publication. As an independent curator working internationally, Ben Salah has organized exhibitions and screenings at numerous institutions, including the Lazaar Foundation (Tunisia), Kadist (Paris and San Francisco) Kunsthalle Stavanger (Norway), Fahrenheit (Los Angeles), and the Beirut Art Center. Currently she is co-organizing Made in LA. 2020 at the Hammer Museum and The Huntington Library.

Ben Salah will start her new position in September 2020, following Solveig Øvstebø who led the museum from 2013 until 2020. In her new role, Ben Salah will continue and expand the Renaissance Society’s critical relationship with the University of Chicago. She will bring her singular curatorial vision, drawing on an international experience and a decompartmentalized approach to art making. She will pursue at the Ren, through exhibitions and public programs, her work with emerging artists and experimental practitioners in Chicago and beyond.

Ben Salah commented, “I am truly honored to join the Renaissance Society and to follow in the footsteps of many esteemed colleagues. The Ren has had some of the most thoughtful and inspiring programming in the field. I look forward to charting a course among its rich history of experimentation and to be working with artists on their most radical projects, pushing the boundaries of what art can be and of what art can do.”

On behalf of the Board of Directors, Richard Wright, president, says “I welcome Myriam to Chicago and look forward to seeing her vision added to the legacy of the Renaissance Society. Thanks to Solveig’s leadership, an outstanding staff and board, and a clear-eyed commitment to our mission, the Ren has never been stronger as an institution. We are all excited to see how her curatorial work opens up exciting new spaces, shaping the Ren’s next chapter.”





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