Paola Antonelli, MoMA’s Senior Curator of Architecture & Design + Director of R&D, is doing a Reddit AMA tomorrow at 3 pm EST. Paola has brought Pac-Man, the “@” symbol, and Massimo Vignelli’s New York City subway map into the museum’s collection.

Redditors, start brainstorming questions and get ready to ask Paola anything about being a MoMA curator!

Brian Smith, assistant curator in the Department of Ornithology since last January, credits his career path to a curiosity about nature ignited by childhood wanderings in the woods of northern New Jersey—and his mother’s passion for birds.

“I was really young, going through the woods and exploring, trying to find animals, flipping up logs, looking for salamanders, and became really interested in wildlife,” says Dr. Smith. “I wasn’t into birds at first but my mother was and she introduced me to them. I slowly became more and more interested in them too.”

Today, Smith scours the bird habitats of Central and South America and Mexico to discover how the extraordinary bird diversity on Earth came to be and how it has evolved across time and space.

Read more about his research on the Museum blog

Rujeko Hockley
Age: 26
Location: New York
Notable project: "Crossing Brooklyn"

Rujeko Hockley is an Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the Brooklyn Museum. She is particularly interested in social movements and the African diaspora. Hockley has written widely about black art and gained experience at the Studio Museum in Harlem. Hockley also often brings artists together to talk about their work. She recently moderated a talk between Sanford Biggers and Saul Williams and their relationship to Afrofuturism. Hockley is organizing “Crossing Brooklyn,” a show that highlights work of local Brooklyn artists from Bushwick to Bay Ridge that opens this fall and runs through 2015 at Brooklyn Museum.

via Young Curators You Should Know About on Complex.com

Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari

Untitled (from Toilet Paper magazine, 2010)

2012

“Like an illusionistic trick performed by a magician, the eerie image highlights the deceptive power of photography, sketching an ambiguous visual tableau reminiscent of Surrealism. Like a Man Ray photograph, the image conjures a dreamlike atmosphere of a film noir, while at the same time it speaks of the city as a projection of dreams of opulence.”
- photo by Austin Kennedy

9 pm EST: Stream an in-depth interview with MoMA curator Luis Pérez-Oramas about artist Lygia Clark. 

[Lygia Clark (Brazilian, 1920–1988) in her studio working on Arquitetura biológica II (Biologic architecture II). Cité internationale des arts, Paris, 1969. Photo credit: Alécio de Andrade. Courtesy Associação Cultural “O Mundo de Lygia Clark,” Rio de Janeiro.]

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Am I a curator? Are you a curator? Is that lady in the thumbnail a curator? Sarah discusses what the word actually means, traditionally and as it is used today.

What does the term mean to you? Let’s discuss in the comments.

Mierle Laderman Ukeles, The Keeping of the Keys, Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut, 1973. Helen Molesworth writes, “In The Keeping of the Keys, Ukeles took the museum guards’ keys and systematically locked and unlocked museum doors throughout the day, wreaking havoc on the logic of the museum’s workday. The piece so infuriated the curators, who felt that their office should be exempt, that when Ukeles announced that the office was to become a piece of maintenance art, all but one curator ran out of the room, fleeing both the artist and their own work.