MIAMI, FL.- The Rubell Museum
today announced that Caitlin Berry will be inaugural Director of its new museum located in Washington, DC. Berry will work closely with the Rubells and Director of the Rubell Museum in Miami, Juan Valadez, in bringing to life the vision for sharing their extensive collection of contemporary art with the people who live, work in, and visit the nations capital. Opening October 29, 2022, the Rubell Museum DC will reinvigorate the historic Randall Junior High School in the Southwest neighborhood as a place for the public to engage with the most compelling national and international artists of our time.
Berry brings a depth of experience working with art communities across the DC metro region to the Rubell Museum DC. Prior to joining the museum, she served as Director of the Cody Gallery at Marymount University in Arlington, VA. A champion of local artists, Berry curated the 2019 and co-curated the 2020 editions of Art Night, an annual exhibition and fundraiser to support the Washington Project for the Arts (WPA). She serves on the board of Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art in Reston, VA and is a member of the Washington, DC Chapter of ArtTable. She holds a Post Baccalaureate in Gallery Management and a B.A. in Communication and Art History from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Berry, who begins her new position in August, will be responsible for engaging the greater DC community, developing public programming, and overseeing the operations and staff of the museum. Berry will also work with the Rubells and Valadez, to oversee the Rubell Museum DCs installations and exhibitions.
Caitlins knowledge and passion for the DC arts community make her the perfect partner for weaving the museum into the city and surrounding region, said Mera Rubell. She is deeply committed both to artists and to making art accessible to a wide range of audiences, which is our goal in creating this museum.
It is my honor to work with the Rubells in adding a new resource to the citys tremendous landscape of museums. The Rubell Museum DC will exclusively focus on the art of today and invite the public to encounter new ideas inspired by the nuanced expressions and lived experiences of the artists on view, said Berry. I look forward to expanding my work of fostering collaboration in the art ecosystem in DC and contributing to the dynamic cultural conversation that takes place here.
Berrys areas of focus include the Washington Color School, Mid-Century African American, and contemporary art. She has served as an independent contemporary art advisor to various private and public collections. Berry also held the role of Director at Hemphill Fine Arts, one of DCs leading art galleries with an emphasis on local emerging, mid-career, and established artists. At the Cody Gallery, she has curated exhibitions including Nekisha Durrett: Magnolia, Dave Eassa: People and Places You Dont Know How to Know, and co-curated Jennie Lea Knight: Women of Jefferson Place, alongside John Anderson and Meaghan Kent. Independently, she curated Eric Uhlir: Before, After and In Between, and Joseph Shetler: Pursuit of Nothing at Culture House DC.
The opening of the Rubell Museum DC builds on past initiatives aimed at sharing the Rubells collection with audiences across the DC metro area. In 2011, the Corcoran Gallery of Art became one of the first institutions to present 30 Americans, a wide-ranging survey of works by many of the most important African American artists of the last three decades. This acclaimed exhibition, which is accompanied by a comprehensive catalogue, has toured for over 10 years to 20 museums around the country. Additional Rubell Museum exhibitions that have traveled to DC include No Mans Land: Women Artists from the Rubell Family Collection (2016) at the National Museum of Women in the Arts and Life After Death: New Leipzig Paintings (2006) at American University Museums Katzen Arts Center. Loans from the collection have been featured in Juan Muñoz (2001), Robert Gober: Sculpture + Drawing (2001), and Directions: Sherrie Levine (1998) at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; as well as Alexis Rockman: A Fable for Tomorrow (2011) at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Additional loans have been showcased at the National Portrait Gallery, including a work by Kehinde Wiley in Recognize! Hip Hop and Contemporary Portraiture (2008) and by Njideka Akunyili Crosby in the museums forthcoming presentation of Kinship (opening October 28, 2022), which will bring together eight contemporary artists whose work explores the closeness that bonds us.