Comings and Goings

This month:


Museum for African Art president Elsie McCabe Thompson stepping down

The president of the Museum for African Art, Elsie McCabe Thompson, is leaving her position with plans to join the Board of Trustees. Founded in 1984, the museum has yet to find a permanent home, with plans to open a space on New York’s Fifth Avenue having been delayed five times in the past three years. The museum is seeking an additional $10m in funding to complete the building project.

Sabine Breitwieser taking over as director of the Museum der Moderne, Salzburg

Sabine Breitwieser is moving from one modern art museum to another. The chief curator of media and performance at MoMA, New York, is taking over as the director of the Museum der Moderne in Salzburg in autumn 2013. Breitwieser founded the Generali Foundation in Vienna in 1988, and served as its first director and curator until 2007. In 2004, she curated the Liverpool Biennial. Another change at MoMA has senior curator of architecture and design Paola Antonelli becoming its first director of development and research.

Juan Gaitán selected as curator of 2014 Berlin Biennale

Juan A. Gaitán has been selected as the curator of the 2014 Berlin Biennale. Gaitán was previously the curator of the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Amsterdam from 2009 to 2012, and studied art history and theory at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. He later taught in the curatorial practice program at the California College of the Arts, San Francisco.

Suzanne Cotter to be director of Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art

Guggenheim Abu Dhabi's curator Suzanne Cotter takes up a new position as the director of the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art in Porto, Portugal, next January. After studying applied science in Brisbane, Australia, Cotter later pursued an interest in art history at the Courtauld Institute, London, among other universities and held the positions of senior curator and director at Modern Art Oxford from 2002 to 2009.

Sarah McCrory named director of Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art

Sarah McCrory, formerly the curator of artists’ projects at the Frieze Art Fair, has been appointed the director of the Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art for its 2014 and 2016 editions. McCrory served as a judge for the Frieze’s Cartier Award in 2010 as well as for the Emdash Awards in 2011 and 2012 and prior to that was the co-curator at Studio Voltaire, London.

Ari Emanuel and Maurice Marciano join LA MoCA board

The Hollywood talent agent Ari Emanuel and the former Guess Jeans executive Maurice Marciano have joined the board at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art. Emanuel is new to the position, but Marciano already served as a trustee of the museum for a few months in 2008 before resigning. The additions follow on the heels of a difficult year in which eight trustees left MOCA in as many months, after the dismissal of chief curator Paul Schimmel. Some see the addition of Emanuel, a famously hard-edged Hollywood agent who is the basis for the character Ari Gold on the television show "Entourage", as a step to balance the powerful hold of Eli Broad, the museum's biggest backer and life trustee.

Metropolitan Museum of Art seeks contemporary art curator

Building on its appointment of Sheena Wagstaff to the newly created position of chairman of the modern and contemporary art department, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is seeking an associate curator or curator with a specialisation in international contemporary art. It is all part of a plan to put contemporary art back on the forefront of the museum’s agenda.

M+, Hong Kong, appoints Aric Chen as curator of design and architecture

M+, a museum for visual culture opening in Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District in 2017, has appointed critic and curator Aric Chen as its curator of design and architecture. Chen is currently the creative director of Beijing Design Week and was the founding co-creative director of 100% Design Shanghai. He has also organised exhibitions at Design Miami, the Center for Architecture in New York, and the Design Museum Holon in Israel.

Bonnie Pitman joins University of Texas’s School of Arts and Humanities in Dallas

Bonnie Pitman, who retired as the director of the Dallas Museum of Art last year for health reasons, has become a distinguished scholar in residence at the University of Texas’s School of Arts and Humanities in Dallas. She served at the Dallas Museum of Art for ten years, first as deputy director, and was replaced at the start of this year by Maxwell Anderson, the former director and chief executive of the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

American Folk Art Museum gets new director, Anne-Imelda Radice

New York’s American Folk Art Museum, which nearly shuttered last year due to a gaping deficit, has appointed Anne-Imelda Radice as its director. She has years of experience at federal agencies, having recently served as the director of the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services, under both the Bush and Obama administrations. Before that she was acting assistant chairman for programmes at the Humanities Endowment and as the chief of staff to the Secretary of the United States Department of Education and chief of the creative arts division of the United States Information Agency. Radice was also the first director of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the curator of the US Capitol and assistant curator at the National Gallery of Art, all in Washington, DC.

Dawson Carr is Portland Art Museum's first full-time curator of European art

Dawson Carr, the curator of Spanish and Italian paintings at the National Gallery, London since 2003, has been appointed as the first full-time curator of European art at the Portland Art Museum in Oregon. Carr is a specialist in 16th- and 17th-centuriy Italian and Spanish art and while at the National Gallery, he organised two of it’s blockbuster old master shows, “Caravaggio: The Final Years” and “Velázquez”.

Denver Art Museum names William Morrow curator of contemporary art

The Denver Art Museum has named William Morrow its curator of contemporary art. He is the founding director of 21c Museum in Louisville, Kentucky, a museum and hotel dedicated to 21st century art. Working there from 2005 to 2011, Morrow developed the museum’s visual arts programme, and was also the curator of the 2,500-work private collection owned by the museum-hotel founders, Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson.

Patrick Moore promoted to deputy director of Warhol Museum

Patrick Moore has been promoted to deputy director of the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, where he was hired as director of development in 2011. Before joining the Warhol Museum, he was development director at the Persad Center. Moore also developed a national programme looking at the impact of the Aids crisis on the national arts community and worked as the project director for the Estate Project for Artists with Aids.

Biennale of Sydney appoints Danielle Keighery as board director

The Biennale of Sydney has appointed Danielle Keighery as a board director. Keighery, a corporate communications executive at Virgin Australia, is responsible for the airline’s public relations and in-flight media.

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