Rita Gonzalez Appointed Head of LACMA’s Contemporary Art Department
“The Los Angeles County Museum of Art has promoted Rita Gonzalez, a longtime curator at the museum, to head of contemporary art.
Gonzalez joined LACMA in 2006 as an associate curator and has been the interim department head since 2016. Many of her exhibitions at the museum have focused on under-recognized Latinx and Latin American artists. As part of her efforts to diversify and expand the museum’s permanent collection, she took the lead on LACMA’s 50th Anniversary Artist Gifts Initiative, which resulted in the 2017 exhibition “L.A. Exuberance: New Gifts by Artists.”
Among the other shows Gonzalez has curated are the traveling exhibition “Phantom Sightings: Art after the Chicano Movement” (in 2008); “Asco: Elite of the Obscure, A Retrospective, 1972–1987” (2011), which was part of the first Getty Foundation–funded Pacific Standard Time exhibition initiative; and the multi-venue survey “A Universal History of Infamy” (2017), which was part of PST: LA/LA.”
From Maximilíano Durón, “Rita Gonzalez Appointed Head of LACMA’s Contemporary Art Department,” ArtNews, 2019.