Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art Receives $1.8 Million from Oman
WASHINGTON, DC—According to NBC, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art is getting $1.8 million from the nation of Oman. The largest donation in the museum’s history, the money will go toward funding “Connecting the Gems of the Indian Ocean: From Oman to East Africa,” a series of programs that will focus on Omani arts and culture, and connections between East and North Africa and the Middle East.
November 27, 2013
Jacqueline W. Franey Named Director of Development at Dallas Museum of Art
DALLAS, TX—Jacqueline W. Franey has been named director of development at the Dallas Museum of Art. Over the past two decades, Franey has worked at BNY Mellon Wealth Management and the Communities Foundation of Texas, reports Benjamin Sutton of ARTINFO. Said Franey: “I am thrilled to be joining the DMA and working closely with the many generous and philanthropic donors who understand the vital importance of art institutions in our daily lives.” Franey will assume her new post on December 9.
November 26, 2013
Doris Duke Foundation Announces $3.5 Million in Arts Grants
NEW YORK—The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation has announced that five arts organizations, which were chosen by an anonymous panel, will receive grants from the foundation totaling $3.5 million. The organizations include American Repertory Theater, Cambridge ($1 million); On the Boards, Seattle ($300,000); Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland ($1 million); Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts, Middletown ($400,000); and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Washington, DC ($800,000). The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation was established in 1996 to support the performing arts, environmental conservation, medical research, and the prevention of child abuse.
November 25, 2013
Portland Museum of Art Receives Collection of Photographs
PORTLAND, OR—The Portland Museum of Art has received a gift of photographs including works by American artists like Ansel Adams, Margaret Bourke-White, Paul Strand, Eliot Porter, and William Wegman. The collection totals sixty-nine images and was bestowed on the museum by board trustees Owen and Anna Wells. Sarah Cascone of Art in America reports that the photographs document over eight decades of America history; a selection of forty-five will be on view as part of the museum’s upcoming exhibition, “American Vision: Photographs From the Collection of Owen and Anna Wells.”
November 23, 2013
David Norr Appointed Senior Curator at Ohio State University’s Wexner Center for the Arts
COLUMBUS, OH—Ohio State University’s Wexner Center for the Arts has announced that David Norr will be its senior curator of exhibitions. Currently chief curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, Norr in his new role will help shape and realize the center’s exhibitions program as well as collaborate on cross-disciplinary programs within the center and across the university. Norr earned a BFA in studio art from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and an MFA in sculpture from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University, Philadelphia. He begins his new post in March 2014.
November 22, 2013
Catherine Evans Hired as Carnegie Museum of Art’s Chief Curator
PITTSBURGH, PA—Lynn Zelevansky, director of the Carnegie Museum of Art, today announced the appointment of Catherine Evans as chief curator. Evans was previously chief curator at the Columbus Museum of Art, where she oversaw the acquisition of an archive of the Photo League. She stepped down from her position two years ago to become the Columbus Museum’s curator of photography. Evans is coauthor of The Radical Camera, New York’s Photo League, 1936–1951 (2011), a monograph of the exhibition she organized, and also serves on the executive board of the Association of Art Museum Curators. Said Zelevansky, “Catherine will be a great asset to the museum and the city in this effort. Along with scholarly chops and extensive museum experience, she brings to the position of chief curator a background in innovative cross-departmental programming involving technology and viewer participation.”
November 21, 2013
USC to Absorb Pasadena’s Pacific Asia Museum
LOS ANGELES—The Los Angeles Times’ Mike Boehm reports that the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena will soon be a part of the University of Southern California. USC will absorb over 15,000 works of art, as well as the ninety-year-old replica of a Chinese palace that has housed the museum. The friendly takeover was brought to the university as a possibility by the museum’s board in July. “We felt a partnership would better enable the museum to more fully realize its mission,” said the museum’s board chair Katherine Murray-Morse, who added that USC seemed a good fit due to its focus on art and Asian history and culture.
November 20, 2013
Jamie L. Bennett Appointed Executive Director of ArtPlace America
CHICAGO—Jamie L. Bennett has been named executive director of ArtPlace America, reports Allan Kozinn of the New York Times. Bennett is currently chief of staff and director of public affairs at the National Endowment for the Arts, a role he assumed in 2009. He succeeds Carol Coletta, who founded the organization in 2011, and who resigned to take a position at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Over the past two years, ArtPlace America has allocated $42 million in grants to 124 institutions in 79 communities throughout the United States.
November 19, 2013
Bernard Blistène Named Director of Musée National d’Art Moderne
PARIS—Bernard Blistène has been appointed director of Musée National d’Art Moderne. Blistène is currently director of the cultural development department at the Centre Pompidou; he acted as deputy director of the Musée National d’Art Moderne from 1996 to 2002. Gareth Harris of the Art Newspaper reports that Blistène was nominated for the post by Pompidou president Alain Seban; he succeeds Alfred Pacquement, who is retiring in December after twelve years in the post.
November 18, 2013
New Art Museum in Las Vegas Announced
LAS VEGAS, NV—A private board of directors led by philanthropy consultant Julie Murray has announced plans to build a multimillion-dollar cultural art center in downtown Las Vegas, reports the Las Vegas Sun. Financed by a $29 million capital campaign, which has already obtained $2.4 million in land and cash donations, the new art district will include a 35,000-square-foot museum (the Modern Contemporary Art Museum), 15,000 square feet of learning space that will offer interactive educational programs for varying ages (the Center for Creativity), and an outdoor sculpture garden (the Luminous Park). An opening date for the complex has yet to be announced.
November 16, 2013
Emily Ballew Neff Appointed Director of Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at University of Oklahoma, Pending Approval
NORMAN, OK—Emily Ballew Neff, a curator of American art and the art of the American West, and the founding Curator of American Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, will be appointed Director of the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma, pending approval by the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents, reports The Norman Transcript. Neff has served as curator at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, since 1997.
In January 2014, Neff will assume the position vacated by Ghislain d’Humières, who served as Director of the museum since 2007 and left earlier this year to assume the position of Director and CEO of the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, KY.
“The university is extremely fortunate that Emily Neff has agreed to become the new director of the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art,” said OU President David L. Boren. “Dr. Neff is one of the most highly regarded art historians in our country and was our first choice as a potential director for the museum.”
November 15, 2013
Kelly Taxter Appointed Assistant Curator at Jewish Museum
NEW YORK—Kelly Taxter will be an assistant curator at the Jewish Museum, where she will work with deputy director Jens Hoffmann on contemporary art programming. The cofounder of Taxter and Spengemann Gallery, which operated in New York from 2003 to 2011, Taxter was responsible for producing over one hundred exhibitions, and represented artists including Andrew Kuo, A. L. Steiner, Xavier Cha, and Frank Benson. Over the past year, she has been a curatorial consultant at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum. “I am very happy to welcome Kelly Taxter to the staff of The Jewish Museum. Her experience working directly with artists as the founder of an art gallery and her extensive curatorial expertise support our plans for future contemporary art programming,” said Hoffmann. Taxter’s not the only assistant curator to recently join the museum’s staff; last month, scholar Daniel S. Palmer was also named assistant curator. Palmer is a Ph.D. candidate at CUNY with experience as a curatorial research assistant at the Whitney Museum.
November 14, 2013
Cleveland Museum Cancels Show Organized by David Franklin
CLEVELAND, OH—Steven Litt reports in the Cleveland Plain-Dealer that the Cleveland Museum of Art has decided to cancel a major show organized by David Franklin, the former director who stepped down last month after it was revealed he’d had an affair with a museum employee.
Titled “Exporting Florence: Donatello to Michelangelo,” the show—which Franklin was organizing in collaboration with Maxwell Anderson at the Dallas Museum of Art—was scheduled to open at the museum next fall. But now, the Cleveland Museum of Art’s interim director Fred Bidwell has said that, following his “extensive conversations” with Deborah Gibbon (the interim chief curator), they’ve decided that the show will no longer proceed. “We felt that there were complications no matter which way we went,” said Bidwell.
November 13, 2013
Keith Haring Foundation Gives New Museum $500,000
NEW YORK—The Keith Haring Foundation has given five hundred thousand dollars to the New Museum in New York. The funds will support the institution’s school, teen, and family programs, which over the past six years have served tens of thousands in the New York area. In 2008, the foundation donated one million dollars to the museum, to endow and name a position for a director and curator of education and public engagement, a role currently held by Johanna Burton. A spokesperson for the museum noted that the next phase of its partnership with the foundation will focus on bringing youth together around issues of social responsibility.
November 12, 2013
New Arts and Crafts Museum for Florida
ST. PETERSBURG, FL—Art collector Rudy Ciccarello plans to establish the Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement in St. Petersburg, Florida, reports Waveney Ann Moore of the Tampa Bay Times. The 90,000-square-foot, four-story facility will include galleries, a café, a restaurant, a retail store, and studios and will house Ciccarello’s collection, which is valued at $60 million and comprises 1,200 pieces of Arts and Crafts furniture, pottery, and decorative tiles from 1900 to 1920. The structure will be built by Tampa-based architect Alberto Alfonso, who also designed the space for the Chihuly Collection in St. Petersburg. The museum is projected to open in 2016.
November 11, 2013
Xavier F. Solomon Named Chief Curator of the Frick Collection
NEW YORK—The Frick Collection, New York, has named Xavier F. Salomon as its chief curator, reports Carol Vogel of the New York Times. Previously a curator of Southern Baroque painting at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Salomon is an expert in the work of Renaissance painter Paolo Veronese and in the collecting and patronage of seventeenth-century Roman cardinals. Prior to working at the Met, Salomon was the chief curator of the Dulwich Picture Gallery, London. He begins his new role in January.
November 10, 2013
Alison Gass Appointed Broad Art Museum’s Deputy Director
EAST LANSING, MI—The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, East Lansing, has appointed Alison Gass as its deputy director, reports Lawrence Cosentino of the Lansing City Pulse. Gass served as the curator of the museum since it opened in 2012, and was responsible for the majority of the fourteen exhibitions staged at the museum in its first year. Prior to her work in the Broad, Gass was the assistant curator of painting and sculpture at San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art.
November 9, 2013
Sarah Minnaert Appointed Deputy Director of Carnegie Museum of Art
PITTSBURGH, PA—The Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, has announced the appointment of Sarah Minnaert as its deputy director. The director of exhibitions at the museum since 2010, Minnaert in her new role will oversee all aspects of exhibitions, including the relationships between conversation, registration, and art preparation departments, as well as manage the museum’s operating budget. “She is enormously capable and has rationalized our exhibitions process, enabling us to do more, more efficiently,” director Lynn Zelevansky said about Minnaert’s previous work at the Carnegie. “I’m confident that she will bring the same intelligence and organizational acumen to the position of deputy director.”
November 8, 2013
Dallas Museum of Art Receives $9 Million
DALLAS, TX—The Dallas Museum of Art has received nine million dollars, five million of which will be allocated to supporting the digitization of the museum’s permanent collection. The remainder will subsidize its free admission policy, which took effect last January and which offers both general admission and membership free of charge. Since its inception, more than thirty-five thousand have enrolled in the program, 95 percent of whom had no prior involvement with the museum.
Said director Maxwell L. Anderson: “With this donation, the Dallas Museum of Art will become one of the world’s most open and accessible museums. This opportunity reinforces our deep commitment to serve as an important educational resource for our local and regional community, as well as for our growing online audiences worldwide.”
November 7, 2013
Fort Lauderdale’s Museum of Art Receives $1.5 Million
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL—Fort Lauderdale’s Museum of Art, where Bonnie Clearwater was just named director, has received a $1.5 million challenge grant. The funds have been bestowed by the David and Francie Horvitz Family Foundation and are part of new fundraising plan. The capital campaign will take place over the next three years with an end goal of $3 million, reports Hannah Simpson of the Miami Herald. “For the last many years, I’ve been working on trying to get this museum to live up to its potential,” said David Horvitz, noting that appointing Clearwater was the first step toward this goal. Though the gift was just made public, the museum has already received $300,000 in donations, all of which will be matched.
November 6, 2013
William Rudolph Named Chief Curator at San Antonio Museum of Art
SAN ANTONIO, TX—William Rudolph has been named curator of American art and Mellon chief curator at the San Antonio Museum of Art. The newly created position is made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation as well as an endowment from San Antonio philanthropist Marie Haff in honor of her late husband, Hugh Haff. Rudolph is currently curator of American Art and decorative art, and director of exhibitions, at the Milwaukee Art Museum. Said Rudolph: “The San Antonio Museum of Art is an ambitious museum. I’m excited to work with [director] Katie Luber and her team to bring dynamic art and programming to the city’s diverse community.”
November 5, 2013
Kevin Tucker Becomes Senior Curator at Dallas Art Museum
DALLAS, TX—Kevin W. Tucker has been promoted to senior curator of decorative arts and design. Tucker is currently coorganizing the first retrospective of industrial designer Peter Muller-Munk at the museum. In 2010, he wrote the catalogue for “Gustav Stickley and the American Arts & Crafts Movement,” and cocurated various exhibitions at the museum, including “All the World’s a Stage: Celebrating Performance in the Visual Arts,” 2009, and “There and Back Again: Selections from the Graham D. Williford Collection of American Art,” 2005. “Kevin’s work over the last decade has firmly established the decorative arts and design program in Dallas as one of the finest of its type in the country,” said Maxwell L. Anderson, the museum’s director. “For his many efforts as a leader in his field, we are very pleased to recognize Kevin with this promotion.”
November 4, 2013
Cathleen Chaffee Appointed Curator of Albright-Knox Gallery
BUFFALO, NY—The Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, has appointed Cathleen Chaffee as its curator, reports Annie Wang of Art in America. Chaffee previously served as the Horace W. Goldsmith assistant curator of modern and contemporary art at the Yale University Art Gallery since 2010. Prior to Yale, she held curatorial positions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Cleveland Museum of Art. Chaffee received her PhD in art history from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, and was awarded a 2008 Fulbright fellowship to Belgium in order to complete research on her dissertation. She received her MA from the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, and completed her undergraduate studies at Ithaca College.
November 3, 2013
Jon Seydl Appointed Director of Curatorial Affairs at Worcester Art Museum
WORCESTER, MA—Jon Seydl has been named director of curatorial affairs at the Worcester Art Museum, reports Andrew Russeth of the New York Observer. Seydl, currently curator of European paintings and sculpture at the Cleveland Museum of Art, will assume his role in January. Said director Matthias Waschek: “We are excited for Jon to lead our talented, growing team of curators. While his Old Master focus is in keeping with one of the museum’s traditional strengths, his proven track record of working innovatively outside his field of specialization will be crucial to us as we work to better engage audiences with our own collection.”
November 2, 2013
Deborah Gribbon Returns to Cleveland Art Museum
CLEVELAND, OH—Deborah Gribbon, former director of the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles from 2000 to 2004, is returning to the Cleveland Museum of Art. Gribbon previously served as interim director of the Cleveland Museum of Art from 2009 to 2010. She returns to the museum as interim deputy director for Collections, Education and Performing Arts. Gribbon’s new appointment fills the post vacated by C. Griffith Mann, the museum’s former chief curator, who is now at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Gribbon begins her new role on November 1st.
Two other positions have changed hands at the Cleveland Museum in the past week. David Franklin abruptly stepped down from his post as director of the Cleveland museum, a position he had held for three years. Fred Bidwell is serving as the Cleveland museum’s interim director. Additionally, Jon Seydl, curator of European Painting and Sculpture at the Cleveland Museum of Art since 2007, has announced her departure to join the Worcester Art Museum in Massachusetts.