PERMISSION TO BE GLOBAL/PRÁCTICAS GLOBALES:
LATIN AMERICAN ART FROM THE ELLA FONTANALS-CISNEROS COLLECTION
Robert L. Beal, Enid L. Beal and Bruce A. Beal Senior Curator of Contemporary Art , Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA)
Jen Mergel has been the Beal Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at the MFA since February 2010. She organized the inaugural installations of the Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art (in 2011) and oversees the MFA’s efforts to expand the contemporary collection and exhibition program. Mergel pursues cultural partnerships nationally and internationally, and has developed new contemporary exhibition series, with shows including Kristin Baker: New Paintings (2010), Felix Gonzalez-Torres: Passages (2011), Sparking Dialogue (2011) and Ridley Howard: Fields and Stripes (2013). Previously, Mergel was associate curator at Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), where she organized numerous exhibitions, including Tara Donovan, the artist’s first museum survey, and Acting Out: Social Experiments in Video. Mergel received a B.A. in visual and environmental studies from Harvard University and an M.A. from Bard’s Center for Curatorial Studies in Art and Contemporary Culture. She has contributed to several publications; taught at Harvard University and Boston University; served as a guest lecturer, curator and juror at many national organizations; and reviewed art internationally. Mergel is a proud native of Boston.