|Education||University of Southern California, Middlebury College, Università di Firenze|
|Movement||Contemporary art, Abstract art, Latin American art|
Early life and education
Alma Ruiz was born and raised in Guatemala. At 19, she moved to Los Angeles to join her mother and brother, initially enrolling at Los Angeles City College, then transferring to the University of Southern California where she graduated with a degree in art history. She then pursued a graduate degree in Italian Language and Literature from the Middlebury College and Università di Firenze.
Career & Work
After earning her degree, Ruiz worked in Florence until 1982, then returned to Los Angeles and joined MOCA, initially as executive assistant to director Richard Koshalek. In 1989 she became exhibitions director at MOCA.
Her curated exhibitions have received numerous positive reviews. Recently, art critics Hunter Drohojowska-Philp and Edward Goldman praised her work for the solo exhibition of Magdalena Fernández at MOCA Pacific Design Center.
Selected curation for the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles:
- Jacob Hashimoto: Gas Giant (2014)
- Cinema Vezzoli (2012)
- Suprasensorial: Experiments in Light, Color, and Space (2010)
- Poetics of the Handmade (2007)
- Gabriel Orozco (2000)
- The Experimental Exercise of Freedom: Lygia Clark, Gego, Mathias Goeritz, Hélio Oiticica, and Mira Schendel (1999)
Additional exhibitions by Artists:
- Magdalena Fernández
- Ernesto Neto
- William Kentridge
- Ana Mendieta
- Carlos Garaicoa
- Piero Manzoni
- Ad Reinhardt
- Suprasensorial: Experiments in Light, Color, and Space, Published by the Museum of Contemporary Art, 2012. (editing and text)
- Alexandra Grant, Published by the Museum of Contemporary Art. (editing)
- Poetics of the Handmade, Published by The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, 2007. (text)
- Damián Ortega: The Beetle and Other Works, Published by California Institute of the Arts/Redcat, 2006. (essay)
- The Experimental Exercise of Freedom: Lygia Clark, Gego, Mathias Goeritz, Helio Oiticica, Published by The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, 2000. (contribution)
- Vankin, Deborah (March 16, 2016). "MOCA senior curator Alma Ruiz to retire". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
- Vikram, Anuradha. "Alma Ruiz: Former MOCA Curator Discusses Three Decades at the Institution". KCET. Retrieved 26 March 2017.
- Schipper, Merle. "THE ENERGIZING OF MOCA'S NEW LATIN AMERICAN PROGRAM". Art Scene. Retrieved 26 March 2017.
- Finkel, Jori (March 30, 2016). "Latino and Latin American artists to meet in Pacific Standard Time". The Art Newspaper. Retrieved March 28, 2017.
- "Alma Ruiz joins The Center for Management in the Creative Industries | News | Sotheby's Institute of Art". sothebysinstitute.com. Retrieved 2017-03-28.
- Goldman, Edward (5 January 2016). "From Palm Springs to Montecito, With a Stop in West Hollywood". Huffington Post. Retrieved 26 March 2017.
- Rae, Haniya (31 March 2014). "Francesco Vezzoli's Playful Take on Hollywood Culture at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles". Architectural Digest. Retrieved 26 March 2017.
- ARTBOOK http://www.artbook.com/c7818.html. Retrieved 26 March 2017. Missing or empty