The Bronx Museum of the Arts announced that it has hired Eileen Jeng Lynch as its new director of curatorial affairs, effective August 1. Jeng Lynch succeeds Antonio Sergio Bessa, who left in 2019 and is now the museum’s emeritus chief curator. She comes to the museum with a strong background in politically and ecologically tinged conservation and community outreach, which aligns with the Bronx Museum’s focus on social justice. Jeng Lynch is the curator of “Abigail Deville: Bronx Heavens,” which opens at the Bronx Museum on October 12 and runs through April 9, 2023.
“I am confident that his keen sense of curatorial skills, coupled with his extensive expertise in residency programs and community initiatives, will help chart the course for the next fifty years of the Bronx Museum,” said the director of the museum, Klaudio Rodriguez, in a statement.
Jeng Lynch was previously senior curator of visual arts at Bronx’s Wave Hill, a public garden and cultural center that frequently hosts exhibitions and commissions. In this role, she organized solo exhibitions for emerging artists, thematic group exhibitions and the residency program, curating a number of exhibitions with climate change and the environment as themes. His most recent effort in this regard, “Water Scarcity: Perpetual Thirst”, an investigation of access to safe drinking water, is presented at Wave Hill until August 28. Prior to coming to Wave Hill, Jeng Lynch worked at RxArt, Sperone Westwater and the Department of Contemporary Art at the Art Institute of Chicago. She received her MA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her BA from Syracuse University.
“Through an artist-centered, values-driven approach, I am committed to expanding access to the arts through responsive and community-engaged exhibitions and programs,” Jeng Lynch said in a statement. communicated. “As the Bronx Museum has a long history of vibrant programs that give voice to the unique individuals who make up the local community, I am thrilled to join the team and support the continued success of the museum both locally and internationally. “
The Bronx Museum, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, is undergoing a $21 million expansion that is expected to be completed in 2025.