Kruger Gallery Chicago Names Gilbert as New Museum
Art Administrator & Curator as Gallery Director
Erin Jenoa Gilbert comes to the Kruger as a seasoned museum administrator and curator bringing unquestionable expertise. She will serve as the new director of Kruger Gallery Chicago effective July, 2015. Gilbert’s vast experience spans more than 15 years of combined practice in the areas of a museum administrator and curator.
Gilbert’s repertoire of exhibitions of which she was the curator featured contemporary African artists, including Babajide Olatunji, Wura-Natasha Ogunji and Phoebe Boswell at commercial art galleries in London, United Kingdom. Prior to expanding her capability as curator, Gilbert served as the manager of community engagement, audience development and adult programs at The Studio Museum in Harlem. While at at the Studio Museum, Gilbert produced more than 60 forums for critical analysis of contemporary art, featuring internationally acclaimed artists and curators, including Thelma Golden, Glenn Ligon and David Adjaye, Theaster Gates and Dawoud Bey.
She holds holds a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and African/African American Studies from the University of Michigan and a Masters in Contemporary Art from the University of Manchester. Although Ms. Gilbert is a natural born citizen of the United States, she has lived in and traveled extensively throughout Africa and Europe.
Gilbert’s talent is a good fit as the new director at Kruger Gallery Chicago, where she will select artists, curate exhibitions and manage all day-to-day operations to maintain the reputation of the gallery. Her hire comes just in time for the start of Kruger Gallery Chicago’s fourth exhibition, Garza Marfa, an exhibition of design featuring furniture and textiles by husband and wife design team, Jamey Garza and Constance Holt-Garza.
About Kruger Gallery Chicago
Kruger Gallery Chicago (KGC) recently reopened in its new 1,300-square-foot space in Lakeview at 3709 North Southport with a solo exhibition of new work by Chicago-based artist Heather Green. Kruger was previously located in River North where, owner and director Mikelle Kruger explains, it has been dedicated to an avant-garde model that art can be a mediator for political and social change and showcasing emerging artists working with an array of design and media.
Kruger Galleries Chicago and Marfa are rooted in an avant-garde idéal that art can be an agent for political and social change. While Kruger Gallery Chicago operates under a conventional commercial gallery model representing mostly emerging artists working in a variety of media and design, Kruger Gallery Marfa hopes to reject the commercial entirely, focusing on exhibitions in performance, video, sound and installation where nothing is for sale and the only record of their occurrences are through “legend.”