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Rose Art Museum's new director Luis Croquer believes in good art, good food and the 'aha' moment

Luis Croquer

The following Q&A will appear in the upcoming fall issue of State of the Arts magazine:

Warm, engaging and endlessly appreciative and curious, Luis Croquer, the new Henry and Lois Foster Director of the Rose Art Museum, is the kind of person who inspires creativity. Artists love to collaborate with him. Bartenders create drinks for him. At a local bar in his recent hometown of Seattle (where he was deputy director of exhibitions, collections and programs at the Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington), he says, “the bartender and I had a little game. She would ask me what my mood was, and she would make a cocktail for my mood.”

The table is an important metaphor in Croquer’s approach to contemporary art and ideas. “Most interesting conversations take place around food,” he says. “It’s a space that is social and also informal and generous.” The museum, he says, needs to be an open table. “People need to know they can have their own experience, whether it is enjoyable or challenging to like the art over time. The most important thing is how the museum can communicate to people and help them think.”

With deep curatorial expertise and knowledge of the national and international arts communities, Croquer combines intellectual rigor with boldness, says President Ron Liebowitz. “The Rose has undergone a period of rebirth and renewal, and is now poised for even greater prominence. Having a director with Luis’ extraordinary talents is a great gift, for our students and for the international art world.”

Croquer succeeds former Rose director Christopher Bedford, who was named director of the Baltimore Museum of Art in May 2016. The Rose Art Museum and the Baltimore Art Museum are currently co-presenters of artist Mark Bradford at the U.S. Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, the world’s premier showcase for contemporary art.

Read more, including a Q&A with Croquer, here.

Categories: Campus News
Date: September 27, 2017