Comings and Goings

This month:


Claudia Gould to direct the Jewish Museum

The Jewish Museum has appointed a new director to take over for Joan Rosenbaum, who announced her plans to retire in December. Claudia Gould will replace Rosenbaum, who has directed the museum for the past 30 years, this fall. Gould comes to the museum from the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, where she has served as its director since 1999. Prior to joining the Pennsylvania institute, she was the executive director of Manhattan’s Artists Space and a curator at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio. She has expressed interest in revamping the Upper East Side museum’s website and reinstalling the permanent collection displays on the third and fourth floors.

International Center of Photography board director to leave

Willis Hartshorn is stepping down from his position as director of the International Center of Photography’s board of trustees due to medical reasons. He will transition to a different full-time executive role at the museum. As a result, the institute’s board has formed a search committee to find a suitable replacement. Hartshorn, who has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, will continue in his current role until a successor is named. He joined the ICP staff in 1982 and held numerous positions before being elected director in 1994. Hartshorn spearheaded a $20m capital campaign in 2001 that allowed the organisation to move from 94th street to its current Midtown location.

Douglas Druick named president and director of Art Institute of Chicago

Douglas Druick has been appointed the new president and director of the Art Institute of Chicago. Druick has held the role since James Cuno's June departure. Cuno left the Art Institute to become the president and chief executive of the Getty Trust. The newly elected president has been with the Art Institute for 26 years. He began his career at the Chicago museum in 1985 as the chair and curator of prints and drawings. In his time at the museum, Druick has contributed to several exhibitions, including 1988’s “Degas”, 2004’s “Seurat and the Making of La Grande Jatte” and “Jasper Johns: Gray” in 2007.

New associate curator at Dallas Museum of Art

Patricia “Sue” Canterbury has been named the associate curator of American art at the Dallas Museum of Art. She comes to museum from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, where she was the associate curator in the paintings department from 1998 to earlier this year. At the Minnesota museum, she curated “Georgia O’Keeffe: Circling Around Abstraction” and “Villa America: American Moderns 1900–1950”, among other shows. The museum still seeks a replacement for former director Bonnie Pitman, who announced in April that she was stepping down from the position for health reasons. The senior curator of European and American art, Olivier Meslay, is serving as interim director.

Tyler Cann exits Govett-Brewster

Tyler Cann is leaving his position as curator of New Zealand’s Govett-Brewster art gallery after six years on the job. He is moving to Ikon contemporary art gallery in Birmingham, England, where he will act as curator. Cann will assume the new post at the end of August, but will continue to work with the Govett-Brewster for the next year to complete unfinished exhibitions and publications, and to advise the staff. He will also remain involved as Len Lye Foundation trustee.

Kristina Van Dyke to direct Pulitzer Foundation

Kristina Van Dyke has been named the new director of the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts in St. Louis, Missouri. She is currently the curator for collections and research at the Menil Collection in Houston, Texas. Van Dyke joined the Menil in 2005, serving as associate curator for collections until 2009. She succeeds Matthias Waschek, who directed the foundation for more than seven years. Van Dyke will assume the post on 7 November.

Tobias Ostrander elected chief curator of Miami Art Museum

Tobias Ostrander has been named the new chief curator, deputy director for curatorial affairs at the Miami Art Museum, just as the museum prepares to move to its new Herzog & de Meuron-designed building in downtown Miami’s Museum Park. Prior to his appointment, Ostrander served as the director of El Museo Experimental del ECO in Mexico City. He will develop and oversee MAM’s public, education and exhibition programmes.

New artistic director at Portland Institute for Contemporary Art

Angela Mattox will join the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art as its new artistic director. She is following Cathy Edwards, who is ending her three-year tenure as guest artistic director of the Time-Based Art Festival. Mattox has been working with YBCA’s performing arts presenting program since 2003. Before her position at YBCA, she worked for Arts International from 1999-2003. Mattox will assume her new position on 1 September.

Art Gallery of New South Wales director retires

Edmund Capon is retiring from his role as director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, a position he has held for 33 years. Under his tenure, the gallery doubled in size, saw an attendance spike from 300,000 in 1978 to 1.3m in 2010-11 and acquired such paintings as Bords de la Marne by Paul Cézanne, Nude in a rocking chair by Pablo Picasso and Three bathers by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. The space is still looking for a suitable replacement.

El Museo del Barrio gets new director, Margarita Aguilar

El Museo del Barrio is getting a new director next month, exactly a year after the departure of Julian Zugazagoitia, who left to take over the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. His long-sought replacement is Margarita Aguilar, currently vice president and senior specialist in Latin American art at Christie’s, who previously worked in the museum’s curatorial department from 1998 to 2006. “Margarita brings a unique combination of proven curatorial excellence and a long connection with El Museo, as well as a broad perspective on the Latin American art world, to her new position as director,” said Tony Bechara, chair of trustees in a press statement released today. “We are delighted to welcome her back.” During her time at El Museo del Barrio, Aguilar curated several shows including “Mexico: The Revolution and Beyond, Photographs by Casasola 1900-1940” (2005) and collaborated on “Retratos: 2,000 Years of Latin American Portraits” (2004) and “Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and 20th-Century Mexican Art: The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection” (2002). “I am thrilled to return to El Museo and look forward to increasing our influence throughout the country and the world, as we also deepen our ties to our community here in El Barrio,” said Aguilar in the statement. She added that “El Museo has become a cultural force, showcasing the vibrancy of Latin American and Latino arts”, but the museum has suffered from its share of financial difficulties. In June, it had to lay off four staff members, including its press officer, to help cut $1.1m from its budget, according to The New York Times. Two years ago the museum completed a $30m renovation of its East Harlem home, which included new galleries and public spaces to serve a growing audience. In June it opened its sixth, and largest ever, biennial “The (S) Files” (until 8 January 2012), but had to cut back on some of its summer programming. Georgina M. Nichols, the director of finance and administration, has been serving as interim director of El Museo since Zugazagoitia’s departure.

Honours for the art world

The Queen’s Birthday Honours list has been published and The Art Newspaper is proud to congratulate our founding editor Anna Somers Cocks, who was awarded an OBE for services to the arts. Others to receive an OBE include ceramicist Edmund de Waal, photographer Sam Taylor-Wood and conceptual artist Gillian Wearing, as well as the founder and former artistic director of the Liverpool Biennial, Lewis Biggs, the president of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, Barbara Elizabeth Crawford, Dr David Thackray, the head of archaeology at the National Trust, and sculptor Helaine Blumenfeld. Meanwhile those that received CBEs include painter Gillian Ayres, designer Celia Birtwell, the director of the National Portrait Gallery, Sandy Nairne and Dr Simon Thurley, the chief executive of English Heritage. Finally, Rosemary Cramp CBE, the emeritus research professor of archaeology at Durham University, was awarded a DBE for services to scholarship. And Desmond Philip Shawe-Taylor, formerly the director of the Dulwich Picture Gallery, now the surveyor of The Queen’s Pictures, was appointed a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (LVO).

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