Press Release The Andy Warhol Museum Appoints José Carlos Diaz as the Milton Fine Curator of Art

A young man with black hair wearing a blue blazer and white dress shirt with a red paisley design on it stands with his arms folded against a background of green palm fronds.

José Carlos Diaz, photo by Carlos Betancourt

For immediate release

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

The Andy Warhol Museum has appointed José Carlos Diaz as its Milton Fine Curator of Art. Diaz was previously curator of exhibitions at the Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach, Florida. Diaz assumes his role at The Warhol on May 16.

At the Bass, Diaz commissioned new art projects by Athi-Patra Ruga, Jérémy Gobé, and Sylvie Fleury, and curated the traveling exhibition GOLD, which examines how gold has been used in the past and the present and explores its conceptual and material future. He organized the exhibitions Rachel Harrison’s Voyage of the Beagle, One Way: Peter Marino, Vanitas: Fashion and Art, TIME, and Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui. Diaz also organized Temporary Contemporary, a public sculpture program that partners with the Art Basel Miami Beach PUBLIC sector each year.

Prior to joining the Bass, Diaz worked at Tate Liverpool where he curated Tate Liverpool is 25, an anniversary exhibition, and organized Charline von Heyl: Now or Else and Doug Aitken: The Source, Doug Aitken’s first public art commission in the UK. He also served as project coordinator for the 2010 Liverpool Biennial. Diaz received a Master of Arts in cultural history from the University of Liverpool, and a Bachelor of Arts in art history from San Francisco State University.

“We are thrilled to welcome José Carlos Diaz to The Warhol team,” says Eric Shiner, The Warhol’s director. “José’s background in curation in both Miami and the United Kingdom is global in outlook, and eclectic and thought-provoking in content. He comes to us with equally dynamic ideas for future exhibitions here at the museum that will help us to rethink and redefine Warhol for the 21st century.”

“I am excited to have the opportunity to contribute to Andy Warhol’s legacy through the creation of dynamic new exhibitions at The Andy Warhol Museum,” says Diaz. “Moving to Pittsburgh fits with my natural gravitation toward culturally rich communities with a focus on the arts, and I look forward to working with Eric Shiner and the museum’s outstanding team.”

The Warhol receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; and The Heinz Endowments. Further support is provided by the Allegheny Regional Asset District.

The Andy Warhol Museum

Located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the place of Andy Warhol’s birth, The Andy Warhol Museum holds the largest collection of Warhol’s artworks and archival materials and is one of the most comprehensive single-artist museums in the world. The Warhol is one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh.

Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh

Established in 1895 by Andrew Carnegie, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is a collection of four distinctive museums: Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Science Center, and The Andy Warhol Museum. The museums reach more than 1.4 million people a year through exhibitions, educational programs, outreach activities, and special events.