REDCAT names Ruth Estevez as new gallery director and curator

The exterior of the REDCAT at Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown L.A.
(Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)

REDCAT has named a new gallery director and curator to oversee its visual arts program. Ruth Estevez will take on the job starting November at the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater, located at Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown L.A.

Estevez will fill the role formerly held by Clara Kim, who left REDCAT in 2011 to join the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. Since Kim’s departure, associate gallery curator Aram Moshayedi has been serving as acting director.

REDCAT is a contemporary arts space that is a division of the California Institute of the Arts. The space programs theater, music, dance and visual art exhibitions.

Estevez hails from Spain and is based in Mexico City, according to REDCAT. She served as chief curator of the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Carrillo Gil in Mexico from 2007 to 2011. Estevez also co-founded LIGA – Space for Architecture, an organization devoted to contemporary architecture in Latin America.


Estevez said in a statement that she was drawn to REDCAT’s “interdisciplinary mission -- theater arts and dance have always been key references for my curatorial practice, along with architectural notions of spatiality. I plan to explore in a provocative way the encounters and connections between these disciplines.”

The Gallery at REDCAT mounts about five exhibitions a year, focusing on Latin American and Asian artists who are not yet widely known in the U.S.


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