After more than 40 years as an employee at the Jewish Museum in New York, first as a part-time conservator and finally as chief curator, Norman Kleeblatt is leaving the institution. The museum made the announcement today, saying that he will be in his current role through January 27 and then work half-time through the end of March.
Kleeblatt, who joined the museum in 1975 and became a curator in 1982, organized numerous shows, including “Action/Abstraction: Pollock, de Kooning, and American Art, 1940–1976” and “Mel Bochner: Strong Language,” and co-organized exhibitions such as “From the Margins: Lee Krasner and Norman Lewis, 1945–1952” and “Painting a Place in America: Jewish Artists in New York, 1900–1945.” His next project at the museum is a solo show with Charlemagne Palestine, slated to open in March.
Kleeblatt is the latest in a number of staffers to depart the Jewish Museum this year. In May, its assistant curator, Daniel S. Palmer, joined the Public Art Fund in New York as associate curator. In June, Molly Kurzius, its associate director of communications left to become director of communications at MoMA PS1 in Queens. And in August, it was announced that Jens Hoffmann, who was tapped to be deputy director in 2012, would pursue independent curatorial projects while holding the title of director of special exhibitions and public programs at the museum.