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San Antonio Museum Of Art Curator Resigns

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The San Antonio Museum of Art.

Longtime Contemporary Art Curator David Rubin has resigned at the San Antonio Museum of Art. Rubin, who was raised in California and went to Harvard, moved to San Antonio from New Orleans in the wake of Katrina.

“We adore David here at the Museum,” said SAMA’s Kelso Director Katie Luber.

As to why he left the museum: 

“I think David decided to pursue some other options in his career," Luber said.

Luber didn’t want to go into much detail about the departure, but lauded him highly when talking about  Rubin's work at the museum.

“He’s done so much for our community in terms of building an audience for contemporary art and for reaching people who otherwise never had exposure to contemporary art" she said. "He was masterful in his ability to reach people who had no understanding of art and to explain to them why works of art were important and why they were interesting and he was just a genius at that, and something that we will miss enormously here.”

I asked what else he’ll be remembered for and Luber said he also had an impact on local artists.

“That the museum values their production and output, and also that the community has an inner core and identity. And I think that he was one of the first people to really identify that," she said.

Rubin’s departure comes on the heels of hiring William Keyse Rudolph as chief curator for SAMA in December. Ms. Luber did not have a timeline regarding Rubin’s replacement.

Jack Morgan can be reached at jack@tpr.org and on Twitter at @JackMorganii