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Longtime MCA curator Molon accepts position in St. Louis By Lauren Viera, Tribune reporter The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago has gained a promising new chief curator in Michael Darling, but come September, it will lose steadfast curator Dominic Molon. Molon, who has been on the MCA's curatorial staff since 1994 (and before that was a security guard and a curatorial intern), has been named chief curator at the comparably young Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, effective Sept. 27. "It's very bittersweet," Molon said by phone Wednesday from a vacation, adding that he and Darling have been "very good friends" for years. "I think the MCA is really set up for some amazing things, but the opportunity to join a really young institution and help build its history was too good of an opportunity to pass up." Molon was acting head of the MCA's curatorial department in the nearly 12-month void between chief curators and was responsible for numerous notable exhibitions during his 16 years at the museum. His final show with the MCA is a politically-charged sound installation from Scottish artist Susan Philipsz, slated to open Dec. 11. Register with Chicago Tribune and receive free newsletters and alerts >> Get the Chicago Tribune delivered to your home for only $1 a week >>...

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