September 14, 2017

Dina Deitsch Appointed Director and Chief Curator of Tufts Univeristy Art Galleries

MEDFORD, MASSACHUSETTS—Dina Deitsch has been named director and chief curator of Tufts University’s art galleries at its Medford, Massachusetts campus and its School of the Museum of Fine Arts campus in downtown Boston, reports Libby Langsner of the Tufts Daily. Prior to her appointment at Tufts, Deitsch was curator at Harvard University’s Carpenter Center for Visual Arts. The expanded directorship and lead curatorial post is intended unite two distinct positions and bring the university’s exhibition programming under one office for the first time since the School of the Museum of Fine Arts was merged with Tufts University in June 2016.

The Tufts and SMFA galleries are geared toward different viewers, with classical and contemporary exhibitions staged for students in Medford and presentations for general art audiences in Boston. “We’re a two-city, two-campus program, one that is directed toward the education of studio artists and art practice, and the other one toward a broader campus of academia and scholarship. Initially, the big change will be an integrated program between these two specific spaces,” Deitsch said. “The Medford gallery has a strong legacy, and the Museum School exhibition and public programming have their own equally important history. The SMFA specializes in bringing contemporary artists in every semester to meet with students and to give public lectures.”

Deitsch also intends to increase the visibility of the university’s permanent collection beyond its physical gallery spaces. “How can we think about public art on the Medford campus across the board? How can we also reframe how people understand the gallery as not a stand-alone entity, but one that is more diffuse and now also an entity that can become the public face of the Museum School?” This fall, the university will present a mural by Yuan Yunsheng and “Dream States,” a group exhibition of political video art from the 1970s.

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