A Farewell to One of Our Own | David Louis Norr Leaves Graphicstudio for MOCA Cleveland

Trenton Doyle Hancock and David Norr Discuss Work at Graphicstudio
David Louis Norr collaborates with artist Trenton Doyle Hancock on a print edition to be produced at USF Graphicstudio. Photo by Will Lytch.

We have some news to share with all of you. Our Chief Curator, David Louis Norr, will soon be leaving the Institute for Research in Art which includes Graphicstudio and the USF Contemporary Art Museum (USFCAM). David has been offered the position as Chief Curator for the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (MOCA). Here’s a little more of the story from Cleveland.com:

Watching Norr work with (Teresita) Fernandez convinced Snyder he’d be perfect for the new MOCA position.

“We got to observe him in action before he was a candidate,” Snyder said. “He was a consummate professional. He’s very gracious and confident about what he does.”

Snyder said it was particularly important to her that Norr collaborated closely with contemporary artists in the creation of new work during residencies at the USF-Tampa Graphicstudio as part of his overall responsibilities. Read more from The Plain Dealer

David leaves behind an impressive series of accomplishments here at the IRA, including an exhibition currently showing at MOCA which he curated, Teresita Fernández: Blind Landscape. The exhibit originated at USFCAM and toured to the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas before opening in Cleveland in January 2011.

In addition to Blind Landscape, he has curated a number of exhibitions at USFCAM including Trenton Doyle Hancock: We Done All We Could And None Of Its Good, 2011; New Weather: Diana Al Hadid, Robyn O’Neil, Iva Gueorguieva, 2009; Sixty Minutes: Olaf Breuning, Kate Gilmore, Luis Gispert, William Villalongo, 2009; Roger Palmer: In Dog Light, 2008; Cameron Gainer: Impact Sight, 2008; and Elsewhere, 2007.

David takes on this new position during a time of growth for MOCA, which recently broke ground for a new $26.7 million home. The new space is slated to open in the Uptown development area of Cleveland’s University Circle in the fall of 2012.

We are very sad to see David go, but we are excited for his future with the soon to be expanded MOCA. We know he will truly shine in this new role!

David takes over as MOCA’s Chief Curator on May 2, 2011. However, he will return for Stagecraft: Brian Bress, Deville Cohen, Kate Gilmore, Mary Reid Kelley in June 2011 at USFCAM.

So for now, it’s not goodbye, but till we meet again! Best of luck David Louis Norr! You will be missed!

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