When Michael Rooks, the High Museum’s new curator of modern and contemporary art, arrived in January, a full plate of responsibilities awaited him. For starters, he became point person for the High’s multi-year collaboration with New York’s Museum of Modern Art and co-curator of the contemporary art exhibition to be drawn from MOMA’s collection.
He also took on what might be, in the long run, a more important task: to mend the museum’s frayed relationship with the contemporary art community. Indeed, it might be something of a calling.
“Artists, teachers and collectors are the front lines,” he says. “It’s important to support them. I want to use my post and relationships to help build excitement for the community. It’s good for everybody.”
To read more about Rooks, see my AJC profile.