The last time Michael Rush curated a show, he was barely able to enjoy it. Just 11 days after a Hans Hoffman painting exhibit opened at the Rose Art Museum last January, Brandeis University administrators announced a stunning plan to close the campus museum and sell its $350 million collection of art.
That never happened. An international backlash - led by an outraged Rush, director of the museum - convinced the administration to put its controversial idea on hold. But Rush’s contract was not renewed, leaving him without a job.
A year later, Rush is clearly enjoying himself. Shaking hands and hugging old friends in the lobby of the MIT List Visual Arts Center, he welcomed more than 100 people last week to the opening of “Virtuoso Illusion: Cross-Dressing and the New Media Avant-Garde.’’ He is the show’s guest curator.
Michael Rush, former director of the Rose Art Museum, curated "Virtuoso Illusion: Cross-Dressing and the New Media Avant-Garde." (Mary Schwalm for The Boston Globe)