Jonathan Binstock has been named director of the Memorial Art Gallery at the University of Rochester, N.Y. He succeeds Grant Holcomb, who retired this month after a nearly 29-year tenure. Binstock will be the museum’s seventh director.
A scholar and curator of post-World War II art, Binstock received his PhD in art history from the University of Michigan. He most recently served for seven years as senior vice president and specialist in modern and contemporary art at Citi Private Bank in New York, working mainly as an advisor to private art collectors. From 2000 to ’07, he was contemporary art curator at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., where he organized shows including the 2002 and 2005 Corcoran Biennials; “Sam Gilliam: A Retrospective” (2005); and “Andy Warhol: Social Observer” (2000).
He previously worked as assistant curator at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia from 1998 to 2000. He serves on the board of the New York nonprofit American Federation of Arts, is a consultant to the Visual Arts Gallery of the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., and is a peer reviewer for the U.S. General Services Administration’s Percent-for-Art in Architecture Program, which commissions contemporary artworks for new federal buildings.
Binstock has written about artists including Jeremy Blake, Joan Mitchell, Bruce Nauman and Alma Thomas. His newest book, about the artist Meleko Mokgosi, is to be published by University of California Los Angeles’s Hammer Museum this year.
The Memorial Art Gallery, which opened in 1913, has an encyclopedic collection of some 11,000 works.