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Metropolitan Museum of Art Appoints New Deputy Director for Digital and Two Curators

Inka Drögemüller.


The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has named Inka Drögemüller deputy director for digital, education, publications, imaging, and libraries; Sean Hemingway becomes curator in charge of Greek and Roman art; and Sarah E. Lawrence takes over as curator in charge of European sculpture and decorative arts.

Drögemüller, who assumes a newly created role at the institution, most recently served as managing director and chief operating officer of the Städel Museum and Liebieghaus Sculpture Collection and deputy director of the Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt. Drögemüller has worked on digital and education projects at those institutions, which have been led in the past by current Met director Max Hollein.

After joining the Met in 1998 as an assistant curator in the department of Greek and Roman art, Hemingway was appointed associate curator in 2002 and curator in 2010. He became acting curator in charge of the department in 2017 and, in that position, has overseen its staff, exhibitions, and collection.

Lawrence currently works as associate professor of design history and dean of art and design history and theory at Parsons School of Design in New York. She has also directed a graduate program in the history of decorative arts and design offered jointly by Parsons and the Cooper Hewitt Museum; in 2018 she received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Lawrence co-curated the 2007–08 exhibition “Piranesi as Designer,” which was organized by the Cooper Hewitt and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

In a statement, Met director Hollein said, “These accomplished individuals bring unique strengths and experience to their respective roles, while sharing in their commitment to the museum’s mission. The Met’s greatest strength is its staff, and I look forward to working together in our collective effort to serve our audiences; care for the collection; produce innovative displays, programs, and publications; and advance the understanding and appreciation of art around the world.”

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