Ruth Noack, author, art critic, university lecturer and exhibition maker since the 1990s, trained as a visual artist and art historian. She is the Executive Director and Curator of The Corner at Whitman-Walker in Washington DC.
Noack was curator of documenta 12 (2007). Exhibitions include Scenes of a Theory (1995), Things We Don’t Understand (2000), The Government (2005) (with Roger M.Buergel), a solo show of Ines Doujak’s work (2012), and Notes on Crisis, Currency and Consumption (2015). In 2018, Noack presented the ongoing series Sleeping with a Vengeance, Dreaming of a Life in Athens, Prague and Bejing in 2018 and is opening with a new iteration at Württembergischer Kunstverein in Stuttgart in October 2019. Research topics for future exhibitions and new institutions include Ghosting the Nation and A Museum in a School.
Head of the Curating Contemporary Art Program, Royal College of Art, London in 2012-13, Noack also acted as Research Leader for the EU-project MeLa - European Museums in an age of migrations. She was Šaloun professor at the Academy of Fine Arts, Prague (2013-14), lead the Gwangju Biennale International Curator Course in 2014 and teaches at International Summer Academy in Salzburg (2017 and 2018). Between 2015 and 2019, she was responsible for one of the Dutch Art Institute's Roaming Academy tracks. Her most recent symposium "Between Resistance and Hallucination" (2018) was realised within the DAI Planetary Campus.
Next to articles and scholarly essays published widely and internationally, she has written Sanja Ivekovic: Triangle for Afterall Books and edited Agency, Ambivalence, Analysis. Approaching the Museum with Migration in Mind (both 2013).
Ruth has been contributing to the DAI's curriculum and program since 2010, first as an occasional guest lecturer and respondent, then, from 2015 onward as regular curator, project leader and tutor: