Werth “Marc” Zuver is MOCHA’s co-founder, executive director, chief curator. Formerly, Mr. Zuver was also cofounder, director and chief curator of the Fondo del Sol Visual Arts Center (1973-2013) and the adjunct curator for the National Collection of Fine Arts under Dr. Joshua Taylor (1974-1984). He is fluent in English, French, German, Russian, Italian and Spanish; is an expert In Chicano, Puerto Rican, Latin American and Caribbean art, and is very knowledgeable about ex-Soviet art, world history and cultures. He has lived in France, Cuba, Mexico, Germany and DC, and has traveled extensively, including to connect with artists.
During his 40-year career, Marc Zuver curated and directed 9 national and international touring exhibitions (1977-2002) — exhibiting artists in 37 museums and art spaces, including in DC and in 15 states, as well as in Canada and Mexico.
In the 1977-1981 (with a presidential invitation to Mexico) “Raices Antiguas/Visiones Nuevas” (“Ancient Roots/New Visions”) touring exhibition co-curated by filmmaker Rebecca Kelly Crumlish, he introduced now-famed Cuban American artist Ana Mendieta to the public and featured 53 other Chicano and Latino artists, including Joe Rodriguez, Larry Fuente, Manuel Pereira, Dino Aranda and Ralph Ortiz. (This national tour was noted for exceptional bilingual art and education programs with local Mexican American cultural centers in each city toured, including the Houston Mexican American Youth Center administered by Joe Rodriguez). “The World of Augustin Victor Casasola, Mexico: 1900-1938” exhibition (co-curator Rebecca Crumlish), toured 10 museums (1984-1987). In “Other Gods: Containers of Belief” (1986-1987), a 4 city national tour (co-curated by Rebecca Crumlish), Marc also featured 50 artists, including Chicano and Latino artists Amalia Mesa Bains and Jonas dos Santos, and exceptional Afro-American, Native American and Asian American artists. The national touring exhibition “Cuba-USA/the First Generation: In Search of Freedom” (1991-1994, 6 city tour) was historic and featured 36 Cuban American artists, including Paul Sierra, Luis Cruz Azaceta, Maria Lino and Lydia Rubio. Between 1995-1998, Marc and contributing curators, noted scholars Barry Gaither, Dr. David C. Driskell and Dr. Floyd Coleman, gave Afro-American artist Lois Mailou Jones Pierre-Noel (Haiti/France/US) her first national (5 city) tour: “Lois Mailou Jones Pierre-Noel and her Students: Seven Decades of American Art.” In the same period Marc also toured “Mujeres de Poder” (“Women of Power”) nationally, featuring among others, Raquel Mendieta (CA) and Santa Barraza (Kingsville, TX/Chicago), Renee Stout and Irma Talabi Francis (both DC); and in 1999-2001, “Songs of the Lecumi,” a tribute to Juan Boza (Cuba).
Among many other artists now well known, he also featured Chicano artists: Rupert García, Linda Lucero, Carlos Almaraz, Frank Romero, Ralph Maradiaga, and Esther Hernandez (all CA); Gloria Córdova and Max Roybal (NM); including Texas artists: Amado Peña (Austin), César Martinez and Mel Casas (both San Antonio), Pedro Lujan (El Paso, NM, NYC), and Luis Jimenez (El Paso/NM), and María Enríques de Allen and José Gonzalez (both Chicago); as well as Native American George Longfish (Seneca/Tuscarora-NH); Latin Americans Juan Downey (Chile, U.S.) and Naúl Ojeda (Uruguay, DC); Mexican Benjamin Serrano (CA); Dominican Freddy Rodriguez (NYC); and Puerto Ricans Domingo Garcia, Rafael Tufiño, Lorenzo Homar and 34 other Boricua artists.
Noted artists not toured but featured by Marc in DC exhibits include, among others, Antonio Frasconi (Uruguay, CT), Mauricio Lasansky (Argentina, IA), Matta, René Castro (Chile, Oakland), Alejandro Arostegui (Nicaragua, LA), ex-Soviets Vladimir Kandelaki (Gruzia, Georgia; PA), Leonid Lamm (Moscow, NY), A. Shnurov (Moscow, NY, PA), Mamuka Mikeladze (Kutaisi, Georgia and MD), and artist/scholar Rose Powhatan (Pamunky Confederation-VA, DC).
Marc is acknowledged, by museum professionals, such as Susana Torruella Leval (famed past director/Museo del Barrio/NYC), to be “one of the legendary founders of the Latino / Caribbean multicultural arts and museum movement in the United States.”