SculptureCenter, Long Island City, New York, has named Christian Rattemeyer as the new Director. Rattemeyer comes from the Museum of Modern Art where he served as Associate Curator in the Department of Drawings and Prints for 12 years.
Rattemeyer, who succeeds Mary Ceruti, will assume the responsibilities from November 1, 2019. In his new role as the Director, Rattemeyer will oversee all exhibitions and programming and continue to lead the institution that is respected for its independent vision, intellectual rigor, and dedication to commissioning new work by emerging and established artists.
SculptureCenter Board Chair Andreas Beroutsos says, “All of us at SculptureCenter is very pleased to have Christian Rattemeyer as our new Director and truly excited about what lies ahead under his leadership. Rattemeyer’s deep and geographically broad roots in art history and Contemporary art, his curatorial record of creative and insightful choices as well as insatiable interest in artistic innovation, the respect he commands among his peers, his institutional leadership qualities, and genuine focus on teamwork and people-and-artist development made Christian the logical choice to lead SculptureCenter into the future.”
“SculptureCenter was established by artists and continues to foster and promote living artists working all over the world,” commented Rattemeyer. “The museum leads the conversation in Contemporary art and has been a cultural pioneer in Long Island City. Its outstanding program has served and inspired a unique community of artists and colleagues. As a curator who has worked globally and values international dialogue, I hope to work with the museum’s dedicated team and board to strengthen our partnerships and engagement abroad, and deepen the opportunities we provide for our artists and our audiences.”
On the appointment, Carol Bove, President of the Board said: “As an artist, I am extremely excited to welcome Christian Rattemeyer to SculptureCenter. Rattemeyer has been a friend and supporter of SculptureCenter for nearly two decades, and we are so thrilled that he will be our new Director. He is a passionate idealist who also brings practical institution-building skills and strategic insight to reinforce our strength as a platform for radical thought and practice.”
At MoMA, Rattemeyer was an Associate Curator in the Department of Drawings and Prints. During his time at MoMA, Rattemeyer was a curator for the exhibitions: “Unfinished Conversations: New Work from the Collection” (2017); “Transmissions: Art in Eastern Europe and Latin America 1960-1980” (2015); “Alighiero Boetti: Game Plan” (2012); “Projects 95: Runa Islam” (2011); and “Compass in Hand: Selections from The Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection (2009),” among others.
Rattemeyer started his career as artists’ assistant at Documenta 9 in 1992. He took on increasingly responsible roles in producing the subsequent documentas 10 and 11, which were seen by nearly two million visitors. In 1997, Rattemeyer founded and was gallery director of OSMOS, a contemporary project space in Berlin, Germany and was also co-curator for the 3rd and 4th International Biennial for Film and Architecture Berlin, Germany.