Comings and Goings

This month:


Francesco Manacorda named artistic director of Tate Liverpool

Turin-born Francesco Manacorda is to be the artistic director of Tate Liverpool. He will be in charge of curatorial matters, with Andrea Nixon continuing to run the administration as executive director. A Tate spokeswoman said that the new title of artistic director is to mirror the arrangement at Tate St Ives. Since last year Manacorda has been director of Artissima, the contemporary art fair in Turin which takes place in November. He studied at London’s Royal College of Art and was a curator at the Barbican Art Gallery in 2007-9. Manacorda takes over at Liverpool in April. Christoph Grunenberg, who was director of Tate Liverpool, left in November to become head of the Kunsthalle Bremen.

Curators announced for first Istanbul Design Biennial

Emre Arolat and Joseph Grima will curate the first Istanbul Design Biennial, which is scheduled to take place from 13 October to 12 December 2012. The theme for the biennial’s first year is “Imperfection”, and Arolat and Grima will present two different curatorial approaches. Arolat co-founded Emre Arolat Architects with Gonca Pasolar in 2004 and in 2010 received the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. Grima is a Milan-based architect who acts as the editor of Domus magazine. He is the former director of Storefront for Art and Architecture, a non-profit space in New York City.

Lacma hires new consulting curator of African art

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Lacma) has hired Mary Nooter Roberts as its consulting curator of African art. She will help establish a new African art gallery and programming. Roberts is a professor of world arts and cultures at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and will continue her full-time work at the school while consulting for Lacma. She was the chief curator of the Fowler Museum at UCLA from 1999 to 2008. In 2008, she guest curated “Tradition as Innovation in African Art” at Lacma.

Directors announced for Melbourne Art Fair 2012

Emilly-Rose Davis and Laetitia Prunetti will co-direct the Melbourne Art Fair 2012. Both come from the Melbourne Art Foundation, where they have worked as project managers, beginning in 2008 and 2010 respectively. The 2012 Melbourne Art Fair will begin at the Royal Exhibition building on 1 August and run through 5 August.

New deputy director for curatorial affairs at Noguchi Museum

Kenneth Wayne has been named deputy director for curatorial affairs at the Noguchi Museum in Long Island City and will assume the new post on 3 January 2012. Wayne has consulted for organisations such as Christie’s Paris, the Man Ray Trust and Il Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Italy. From 2005 to 2010, he was chief curator at the Heckscher Museum of Art in Huntington, New York. Wayne serves on the board of the Alexander Archipenko Catalogue Raisonné Project and is a member of the Association of Art Museum Curators.

Stijn Huijts appointed artistic director of Bonnefantenmuseum

Stijn Huijts is succeeding Alexander van Grevenstein as the artistic director of the Bonnefantenmuseum in Maastricht. Huijts comes from SCHUNCK in Heerlen, where he has served as its director since 2007. Prior to that, he was the director of the museum Het Domein in Sittard for 12 years. Van Grevenstein has led the Bonnefantenmuseum for the past 25 years. He will maintain his presence at the museum in an advisory role from 1 January 2012 until his retirement in the following year.

John Peter Nilsson to direct the Moderna Museet Malmö

John Peter Nilsson has been appointed director of the Moderna Museet Malmö, the southern branch of Sweden’s Moderna Museet. He replaces Magnus Jensner, who stepped down when Daniel Birnbaum, the director of the Moderna Museet, announced plans to cut costs. Nilsson has worked as a curator at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm since 2004, and is due to take up his new position in March.

Pauline Willis named director of American Federation of Arts

Pauline Willis has been appointed the director of the American Federation of Arts. She has worked at the organisation for the past nine years, most recently working as its chief operating officer. Willis succeeds George King, who left the position in March 2011.

New modern and contemporary curator at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Italian curator Francesco Stocchi has been named the curator of modern and contemporary art at the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, making him the first foreign curator to work at the museum. Stocchi will be responsible for exhibitions of non-Dutch art. As a curator and writer, he is a regular contributor to Artforum magazine and in 2010 he established AGMA magazine, which presents visual reviews of exhibitions, of both current and historical art. He will begin at the Rotterdam museum on 1 January 2012.

Yuko Hasegawa to curate the Sharjah Biennial 11

Yuko Hasegawa is to curate the Sharjah Biennial 11, due to open in March 2013. Hasegawa has been the chief curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, since 2006. In 2010, she was the artistic adviser of the 12th Venice Architectural Biennale and the cocurator of the 29th São Paulo Biennial.

Artistic director named for International Biennale of Contemporary Art in Ukraine

David Elliott has been named the artistic director of the first International Biennale of Contemporary Art in Ukraine, “Arsenale” (opens 17 May). The British curator organised the 17th Sydney Biennale and is the founding director of the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo.

James Hughes-Hallett appointed chairman of Courtauld Institute of Art

James Hughes-Hallett has been appointed chairman of the Courtauld Institute of Art. He replaces the Courtauld’s first chairman, Nicholas Ferguson, who is due to retire from the post in July 2012 after ten years of service. Hughes-Hallett is a trustee of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, the Dulwich Picture Gallery, and the Courtauld.

David Bomford to leave J. Paul Getty Museum

David Bomford is stepping down from his position as acting director of the J. Paul Getty Museum on 1 February. He leaves the museum to return to London, where he plans to pursue independent projects. Bomford was appointed acting director in 2010. James Cuno, the president and chief executive of the J. Paul Getty Trust, will act as interim director.

Gary Tinterow leaves Met to direct of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s long-time curator Gary Tinterow is due to replace the late Peter Marzio as director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Since 2008, Tinterow has worked as chairman of the 19th- century, modern and contemporary art department at the Met. He begins his new post in Houston early this year. Marzio died in 2010 after three decades at the museum.

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