Jeff Lambson, MOA s First Contemporary Art Curator, Hits Five-Year Mark

Museum Director Mark Magleby is pleased to announce that Jeff Lambson, Curator of Contemporary Art, has received his BYU Five-Year Service Award.

The MOA s first contemporary art curator, Lambson has produced a record-breaking number of art exhibitions during the last five years. The influx of contemporary art at the MOA — including pieces by Andy Warhol, Dan Steinhilber, and Jenny Holzer — has delighted members of the university and surrounding communities. The opening of one of his most recent exhibitions, Think Flat: The Art of Andy Warhol and Takashi Murakami: Selections from the Freedman Family Collection and the BYU Museum of Art, drew a record crowd of nearly 2,700 people.

Lambson is a graduate of BYU s master s program in Art History and Curatorial Studies. Prior to coming to the MOA, Lambson was employed by the Smithsonian Institution s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., where he worked in the director s office and on several acclaimed exhibitions including Ana Mendieta and Guillermo Kuitca retrospectives. While there, Lambson s wife, Ann, Head of Education at the MOA, also worked at the National Building Museum. Five years ago, the couple decided to return to the Intermountain West, when Jeff took up his current position under the tenure of former MOA Director Campbell Grey.

Lambson s 5-year tenure has not only brought an unprecedented amount of contemporary artwork to the walls, halls and outdoor grounds of the MOA, but also increased the number of artists visits, deepened engagement between the museum and students, and added contemporary art to the rotation in the sculpture garden.

Lambson believes that contemporary art resonates with a university audience and reports that the public has responded favorably to the contemporary exhibitions displayed at the MOA.

“Contemporary art draws from a language most of us speak, utilizing the Internet, Facebook, cell phones, mass media, and visual culture at large,” Lambson said.

Though it does not always give explicit answers, Lambson continued, “it usually asks a lot of questions and, hopefully, causes you to reflect. If you leave contemporary art exhibitions still thinking about it, it has been successful.”

Lambson s most recent exhibition,We Could Be Heroes: The Mythology of Monsters and Heroes in Contemporary Art, is currently on display in the Marian Adelaide Morris Cannon Gallery on the main floor of the MOA. The exhibition runs through April 6, 2013.