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News: High Museum hires Michael Rooks as curator of modern and contemporary art

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This just in. Atlanta’s High Museum of Art has hired Michael Rooks as the new Wieland Family curator of modern and contemporary art. Rooks, who replaces Jeffrey Grove, will begin in January. 

Rooks, who earned his undergraduate and Masters of Arts degrees from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, has been curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Contemporary Museum Honolulu and the Honolulu Academy of Arts.

Most recently, Rooks, 43, was chief curator and director of exhibitions and artist relations at the New York branch of Haunch of Venison, a contemporary art gallery owned by Christie’s auction house.

Exhibitions he has curated include the retrospective “H.C. Westermann”; “Roy Lichtenstein: Interiors,” a posthumous survey focusing on Lichtenstein’s late work; “War: What Is It Good For,” about the Iraq war; and “Situation Comedy: Humor in Recent Art.”

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