Cameron’s appointment as chief curator follows nearly a decade of substantial growth and accomplishment in OCMA’s curatorial program. Over the last eight years the museum has organized nine exhibitions of modern and contemporary art that have traveled to twenty-two museums in the United States, Europe, and Canada. During this period, the museum’s California Biennial has become a major event in the art world.
Cameron’s approach to the museum’s program, particularly the 2013 California Biennial, will be informed by his experience organizing large international biennials around the world. Cameron was the first U.S. commissioner for the Aperto section at the 1988 Venice Biennale. In 2003, he presented Poetic Justice, the 8th Istanbul Biennial, which featured dozens of site-specific projects. Following Istanbul, Cameron organized the 2005 edition of ev+a, an international exhibition in Limerick, Ireland and served as curator for the 2006 Taipei Biennial.
Cameron’s most ambitious undertaking since leaving the New Museum in 2006 was the founding and artistic direction of Prospect New Orleans, conceived as a means of bridging the gap between the city of New Orleans in its post-Katrina state of neglect and disrepair. With 80 artists from more than 40 countries participating, Prospect.1 opened in 2008 and led to a smaller, regional spinoff in November 2010, titled Prospect.1.5. The second edition of the Biennial, Prospect.2, opened in October 2011.