Philadelphia, PA — As part of a new initiative at The Galleries at Moore College of Art & Design, Mia Locks, senior curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, presents the exhibition Or Both, opening September 27, 2019.

The exhibition, which runs through December 7, is part of Moore’s new Visiting Curators Initiative, which focuses on engaging new artistic input for the benefit of the Moore community and Philadelphia’s arts and culture landscape. Three curators, beginning with Locks, will bring their visions to The Galleries at Moore, a hub for contemporary art and creative exploration in the heart of Philadelphia, during the fall seasons of 2019, 2020 and 2021.

Read more about the Visiting Curators Initiative in the Philadelphia Inquirer - Moore brings in a Whitney Biennial curator and two other high-powered women to create edgy exhibitions at the art school


Or Both is an experimental two-part exhibition that includes a solo presentation of work by Ulrike Müller alongside a group show of works by Martin BeckBarbara Chase-RiboudJennie C. JonesEric N. MackMedrie MacPheeDona Nelson and Deborah Remington. Approaching painting from a place of ambivalence, Müller employs a range of materials, techniques and image formats, including drawing, enamel on steel, collage, monotype and woven wool rugs. Taking Müller's practice as a point of departure, the group show is organized around compositional strategies and methods of decision-making rather than around a shared subject matter or theme, opening up new possibilities for reading artworks together that might not seem immediately connected.

“We believe that bringing a fresh curatorial perspective each year will not only help grow our reputation as an incubator for contemporary thinking, but will also provide a unique and creative opportunity for curators to experiment in a new environment full of collaborative possibilities,” said Gabrielle Lavin Suzenski, Rochelle F. Levy Director, The Galleries at Moore.

A conversation with Locks and Müller will be held Thursday, October 24, 6:30–8 pm in The Galleries, located at 1916 Race Street, on The Parkway in Philadelphia. This event is free and open to the public.

Upcoming Visiting Curators Initiative exhibitions in The Galleries at Moore include Kalia Brooks Nelson in fall 2020 and Charlotta Kotik in fall 2021. For more information, visit



Mia Locks is currently senior curator and head of new initiatives at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles. Most recently, she was co-curator of the 2017 Whitney Biennial, with Christopher Y. Lew, at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and previously held curatorial positions at MoMA PS1 and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA). Her exhibitions include Greater New York (2015), co-organized with Douglas Crimp, Peter Eleey and Thomas J. Lax; The Little Things Could Be Dearer (2014)Cruising the Archive: Queer Art and Culture in Los Angeles, 1945–1980 (2011), co-organized with David Frantz; as well as solo projects with Math Bass, Samara Golden and Im Heung-soon. Locks is on the faculty of the Curatorial Practice program at the School of Visual Arts, New York, and a 2018 fellow at the Center for Curatorial Leadership.



The Galleries at Moore support Moore College of Art & Design's educational mission and role as a cultural leader by providing a forum for exploring contemporary art and ideas, and enriching the artistic climate and intellectual climate of the college, the Greater Philadelphia community, and beyond. As a gateway between the College and the city of Philadelphia, The Galleries are a catalyst for creative exploration, experimentation and scholarship and function as a gathering place to meet, reflect, learn, challenge and create. The Galleries' exhibitions and programs–which are all free and open to the public–create community through dialogue and participation, and inspire an appreciation for the visual arts as a vital force in shaping contemporary culture.