Some big news here this week as Joseph Rosa, the chief curator of the Art Institute of Chicago‘s architecture and design departments, has announced that he will be leaving as of June 30th. The next day, the first of July, he’ll take on the position of director at the University of Michigan Museum of Art. Having traveled around the country working as a curator for at places like the San Francisco Museum of Art and the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., as well as having worked professionally with luminaries like Peter Eisenman, Rosa had been at the Art Institute since 2005, where he was responsible for a recent resurgence of architecture awareness in downtown Chicago. Here’s a bit about his accomplishments from the Tribune‘s Blair Kamin:
While at the Art Institute, Rosa curated such well-received exhibitions as “Figuration in Contemporary Design,” which examined how architects and designers are using digital media to reintroduce ornament into contemporary work.
He also drew up a short list of architects for last year’s centennial celebration of Daniel Burnham and Edward Bennett‘s “Plan of Chicago.” That led to the construction of visually-alluring, but functionally-challenged, temporary pavilions in Millennium Park by London’s Zaha Hadid and Amsterdam’s Ben van Berkel.