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Ellen Salpeter: Gearing Institute of Contemporary Art for new home

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Written by on August 31, 2016

Ellen Salpeter: Gearing Institute of Contemporary Art for new home

Ellen Salpeter has family in Miami so has been coming here for years to see them as well as visit studios. In the last decade or so, she’s attended Art Basel, met local artists and invited some to exhibit in New York institutions she ran.

As the new director of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, Ms. Salpeter said the wonderful thing about her job is every day is different.

When the ICA moves into its new home, she sees its audience growing. In other cities like New York where Ms. Salpeter most recently lived and worked, she said people refer to a museum as the third space. One has home and work, she said, and then the third gathering space. For museums, Ms. Salpeter said, it’s a place of education, contemplation and social activity. Miami, of course, has the beautiful beaches, so Ms. Salpeter said this might be a city with 3½ to 4 spaces.

Art is essential, Ms. Salpeter said, and it elevates her quotidian existence. She said the more we learn about art and look at art, the more we make better decisions as a society.

Miami Today reporter Susan Danseyar interviewed Ms. Salpeter in her office at the ICA.

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