about the curator
New Works: 10.3
James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
Prior to his appointment in Chicago, he served as the Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seattle Art Museum from 2006-2010. While there, he organized distinguished exhibitions, including Gaylen Hansen, Three Decades of Painting (2007-08), Su-Mei Tse (2008), Dennis Oppenheim: Safety Cones (2008), and Target Practice: Painting Under Attack 1949-78 (2009). Darling also served as an assistant curator at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art beginning in 1998, where he organized Superflat, in collaboration with the artist Takashi Murakami (2001); Seattle artist/architect Roy McMakin's first museum survey (2002); and Painting in Tongues, a survey of single artists whose practices span many mediums (2006). Darling received his Ph.D. from University of California, Santa Barbara, on the furniture of 20th-century American designer George Nelson.