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McNay Art Museum Lures Rich Aste From Brooklyn Museum to Be Director


Rich Aste.


The McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas, has named Rich Aste as its third director, the museum announced in a press release. For the past six years, Aste has been at the Brooklyn Museum, where he has worked as the managing curator of arts of the Americas and Europe.

“Rich exemplifies everything we were looking for in our next director: a collaborative leadership style, intellectual curiosity, and a deep knowledge of the arts,” said Sarah Harte, president of the board of trustees at the McNay. “With his broad international perspective and culturally varied background, he is poised to build, strengthen, and diversify relationships between the McNay and the community of San Antonio.”

Before the Brooklyn Museum, Aste was an associate curator at the Museo de Arte de Ponce in Puerto Rico.

“Over the past six years, Rich rose to be one of the most treasured curators at the Brooklyn Museum,” said Anne Pasternak, director of the Brooklyn Museum. “With a focus on Latin American art, he brought insightful exhibitions to vast publics while expanding the museum’s reach and scope to increasingly diverse audiences.”

The former director of the McNay was Bill Chiego, who announced his retirement earlier this year. Aste begins his new role September 12.

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