A report from ArtForum.
Carla Acevedo-Yates, a scholar of Caribbean and Latin American art, has been appointed curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA). Acevedo-Yates most recently served as associate curator at Michigan State University’s Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, where she organized solo exhibitions of new work by Johanna Unzueta, Claudia Peña Salinas, Jesús “Bubu” Negrón, Duane Linklater, and Scott Hocking. She will begin her new role on July 1.
“Carla’s curatorial interests and goals have an incredible overlap with the ambitions of the museum’s, which makes her a perfect addition to our team,” MCA chief curator Michael Darling said in a statement. “Carla is well-versed and well-traveled throughout Latin America which will allow us to continue to build bridges to the artistic communities there. It was also her passion for Caribbean art, and that of Puerto Rico in particular, that was exciting to me because of the large Puerto Rican community in Chicago. I feel that she will be a champion and advocate for artists from that region that we still know too little about.”
Commenting on her appointment, Acevedo-Yates said: “The MCA consistently features the most relevant contemporary voices of our time, and I look forward to contributing to that legacy. Chicago is a vibrant city with a rich and diverse cultural history, and I am excited to connect with the many communities that the museum serves.”