New blood reinvigorates MoMA leadership

The museum has appointed four impressive women who are breathing new life into the curatorial, education and outreach divisions, including 23-year MoMA veteran Sarah Suzuki.

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A newly expanded MoMA opened to the public in 2019 © The Art Newspaper

A newly expanded MoMA opened to the public in 2019 © The Art Newspaper

The Museum of Modern Art in New York has added four women to its leadership team, greatly expanding the breadth and diversity of experience in both the non-profit and cultural sectors.

Sarah Suzuki, who has worked with the museum for 23 years, will take on the role of associate director. She will lead the Curatorial Affairs Division which includes Archives, Library and Research Collections, Conservation, Editorial and Content Strategy, Education and Publications, including the Cisneros Research Institute for the Study of Art from Latin America and the Mellon-Marron Research Consortium. She previously worked as deputy director for Curatorial Affairs and helped oversee the museum expansion.

Beverly Morgan-Welch, who, from 2016-2021, served as the associate director for external affairs for the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture, has been appointed the museum’s senior deputy director of external affairs, overseeing the museum’s outreach strategy.

Christy Thompson will oversee scheduling and production for all the museum’s displays and exhibitions in her role as senior deputy director of exhibitions and collections. Thompson previously served as the chief of exhibitions, collections and conservation from 2015-2021 and the associate director, Administration and corporate secretary from 2013-2015 at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, Canada.

Nisa Mackie, who has been appointed The Edward John Noble Foundation deputy director of learning and audience engagement, will oversee the museum’s education department. For the past seven years, Mackie held positions at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota including the director and curator of education and public programs and, most recently, as the head of public engagement, learning, and impact.

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