August 18, 2017

Washington, DC’s National Gallery of Art Announces New Staff Appointments

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, has announced several new staff appointments in its library, gallery archives, and publishing office, in addition to curatorial promotions.

Molly Donovan has been named curator of art, 1975–present, and will be responsible for building the gallery’s contemporary art holdings and nurturing relationships with living artists. She will lead an upcoming Rachel Whiteread exhibition. Kimberly Jones is now curator of nineteenth-century French paintings, appointed for her expertise on several international projects, including a traveling retrospective on Frédéric Bazille. James Meyer, previously the chief curator and deputy director at Dia Art Foundation, has returned to the gallery as curator of art, 1945–1974. While at the gallery, before Dia, Meyer was the associate curator of modern art and aided in the acquisition of Virginia Dwan’s collection and archives, which were featured in his exhibition on the history of Dwan Gallery (examined by Thomas Crow in Artforum’s summer issue). Diane Waggoner was named curator of nineteenth-century photographs for her scholarship and exhibitions on British and American photography. And, for his outstanding work in modern art, curator and head of modern art Harry Cooper has been named senior curator of modern art.

In noncuratorial roles, the gallery has named Emiko Usui editor in chief, starting October 2. Usui has been the director of MFA Publications at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, for the past six years, and her museum career, which spans twenty-five years, includes senior editorial positions at the MFA and curatorial work at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the MFA.

Kathleen Williams has been appointed the gallery’s chief archivist, and her post begins on August 21. Williams worked for thirteen years with the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, a division of the National Archives and Records Administration. She was hired to the NHPRC as its deputy executive director. In 2008, she was named its executive director.

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