Susanne Ghez at the Renaissance Society, 2012. Photo Chris Strong.

The Art Institute of Chicago has hired Susanne Ghez, former executive director and chief curator of the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, as adjunct curator in the department of contemporary art. Her appointment is effective immediately.

Ghez, who helmed the Renaissance Society since 1973 and retired in January, has organized more than 160 exhibitions, including solo shows of Lawrence Weiner, Julian Schnabel, Anselm Kiefer, Louise Bourgeois, Jeff Koons and Kara Walker. She was also co-curator of Documenta 11 (2002) and has served on the advisory boards and committees of a number of cultural organizations.

Ghez will be involved with acquisitions for the museum's permanent collection as well as organizing temporary exhibitions. She will travel extensively as part of a push to expand the global reach of the Art Institute's contemporary art programming. Her first show at the museum will feature newly commissioned work by Iranian-born, Berlin-based artist Nairy Baghramian, and is set to open in May 2014.