The Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum announced today that Christopher Scoates will begin this Friday as its new director.
He succeeds Reed Kroloff, who held the post for seven years. Scoates was most recently director of the University Art Museum at California State University Long Beach.
Among his notable curatorial projects are “Lou Reed, Metal Machine Trio: The Creation of the Universe,” a 3D installation based on the 1975 album, Metal Machine Music and Brian Eno’s ever-shifting 77 Million Paintings project, which came to New York last year as part of the Red Bull Music Academy.
“I’m honored to lead such a renowned institution into the future,” Scoates said in a release. “Cranbrook Academy of Art’s rich legacy and history of innovation has made it one of the top institutions of graduate education in the visual and fine arts. Together, the Academy and Museum share a commitment to new art and new ideas, and I look forward to developing new partnerships, alliances, and audiences that will extend both the Academy and Museum programs far beyond the walls of the campus.”