Boston's Museum of Fine Arts today announced the appointment of Al Miner as their new assistant curator of contemporary art. Miner, who started at the Hirshhorn as an intern in 2005 and made his way up the ranks to become a curatorial assistant, worked on the two-part exhibition “The Cinema Effect,” as well as an upcoming retrospective of Blinky Palermo. He was also instrumental in the museum’s acquisition of works by Yoko Ono, Catherine Opie and Dan Graham.
Miner’s departure will be a loss not only to the Hirshhorn, but also to the D.C. art community. His introspective, fleshy and deeply psychological paintings have been exhibited most recently at G Fine Art in the opening of their new space. He’s also curated for Transformer.
Miner also holds the distinction of being the second artist selected for Lenny Campello’s “100 Washington Artists” book who will no longer be a Washington artist by the time the book comes out in 2011. In this long and contentious City Paper comment thread about Campello’s book, one post from Smithsonian exhibits specialist Richard Gould states that Iona Rozeal Brown has moved to New York, and that artist Mary Coble will soon be moving to Denmark. Campello’s book has been sent to the publisher already, but even if it hadn’t, these three artists have such extensive ties to the Washington area that they certainly would have made the cut. Miner will be keeping some of those ties - he’s retaining his representation with G Fine Art.