Photo Credit: Walead Beshty

Dominic Molon

About the Curator

Dominic Molon is the current Richard Brown Baker Curator of Contemporary Art at the RISD Museum of Art, located on the Rhode Island School of Design campus in Providence, Rhode Island.

Prior to joining the RISD Museum in 2013, Molon was the Chief Curator at the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis, MO, and before that served as Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, IL. He has curated major thematic survey exhibitions of both international and historical scope including 2010’s Production Site: The Artist’s Studio Inside-Out, an exhibition addressing the pivotal role of the studio in artists’ practices, and 2007’s Sympathy for the Devil: Art and Rock and Roll since 1967, a monumental and comprehensive exhibition on the relationship between the visual arts and rock-and roll culture.

Molon has also organized solo exhibitions of significant contemporary artists such as Liam Gillick in 2009, Wolfgang Tillmans in 2006, Gillian Wearing in 2002, and Sharon Lockhart in 2001. He also co-organized–along with the MIT List Visual Arts Center–an exhibition by Paul Pfeiffer in 2003, and coordinated numerous traveling exhibitions including Karen Kilimnik in 2007-8, Kai Althoff: Kai Kein Respekt (Kai No Respect) in 2004-5, Charles Ray in 1999.

Molon is currently in the process of curating a mid-career survey of British artist Martin Boyce which will open at the RISD Museum in the Fall of 2015. He has contributed texts to monographs and publications on artists such as Mamma Andersson, Elmgreen/Dragset, Karen Kilimnik, and Muntean/Rosenblum.

Molon holds a Master of Arts in Art History and Criticism from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in Stony Brook, NY, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in the History of Art and Architecture from the University of Illinois at Chicago in Chicago, IL.


Exhibitions

  • Anything for a Laugh: Humor in Contemporary Art

    Now you could study Shakespeare and be quite elite
    And you can charm the critics and have nothin’ to eat
    Just slip on a banana peel
    The world’s at your feet

    ”Make ‘em Laugh,” Singin’ in the Rain (1952)


News

  • Anything for a Laugh: Humor in Contemporary Art
    September 4, 2015

    Now you could study Shakespeare and be quite elite
    And you can charm the critics and have nothin’ to eat
    Just slip on a banana peel
    The world’s at your feet

    ”Make ‘em Laugh,” Singin’ in the Rain (1952)