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Beau Rutland

Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art

Beau Rutland joined the Cleveland Museum of Art in 2013. He assists in overseeing the museum’s collection of contemporary artwork and the programming of exhibitions at the museum and the Transformer Station.

A former independent curator and freelance critic, Rutland frequently contributed essays and reviews to Artforum, as well as exhibition catalogues of contemporary art. He received a BA in art history and architecture studies from New York University in 2010 and earned his MA in Modern Art: Critical and Curatorial studies from Columbia University in 2013, writing his thesis on the varied roles of abstraction, representation, and protest within painting between the 1960s and 1970s. At Columbia’s Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, he co-curated “Speak, Memory,” an exhibition of leading international artists whose work focuses on memory and the everyday. He previously worked at the Whitney Museum of American Art where he served as the curatorial assistant on projects such as “Glenn Ligon: AMERICA,” the artist’s career retrospective and “Singular Visions,” a reinstallation of the Whitney’s permanent collection.