Friday, February 28
Carnegie Museum of Art Names Next Director
Eric Crosby will take the helm of the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh on March 1. Crosby started as a senior curator of modern and contemporary art at the museum in 2015, and he was named interim director in 2019. During his tenure, he helped organize the 2017 show “20/20: The Studio Museum in Harlem and Carnegie Museum of Art” and played a role in the institution’s acquisition of Kerry James Marshall’s painting Untitled (Gallery), 2016.
Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp Appoints Two Senior Curators
Anne-Claire Schmitz and Joanna Zielińska have been named senior curators at the Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp in Belgium. Schmitz curated the Belgian Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale in 2019, which featured work by Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys, and worked for seven years at the Brussels-based contemporary art nonprofit La Loge. Zielińska served as head of the performing arts department at Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw from 2015 to 2020 and was previously chief curator at Cricoteka, the Centre for the Documentation of the Art of Tadeusz Kantor in Krakow, Poland.
Swann Auction Galleries Names New Head of Modern and Post-War Art
Harold Porcher will join Swann Auction Galleries in New York as its new head of modern and postwar art. Porcher has served as director of modern and postwar art at the Doyle auction house in New York since 2004, and he previously worked as director of Sid Deutsch Gallery and as a dealer for his New York–based gallery, Sage Fine Art.
Thursday, February 27
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Names Deputy Director, Curatorial Affairs
William Keyse Rudolph will join the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City as its next deputy director, curatorial affairs in June. Rudolph currently serves as co-interim director of the San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA). During his seven-year tenure at SAMA, Rudolph served as chief curator and the Marie and Hugh Halff curator of American and European Art. He has also held curatorial positions at institutions including the Dallas Museum of Art, Worcester Art Museum, and the Milwaukee Art Museum.
Longtime Seattle Museum of Art Curator to Depart
Chiyo Ishikawa will step down as deputy director for art and curator of European painting and sculpture at the Seattle Museum of Art. Ishikawa joined the museum in 1990 as a part-time assistant curator of European painting, organizing exhibitions such “Leonardo Lives: The Codex Leicester and Leonardo da Vinci’s Legacy of Art and Science” (1997) and “Spain in the Age of Exploration: 1492-1819” (2004). She was named deputy director in 2005. During Ishikawa’s tenure she received international honors for her curation, including Spain’s Order of Isabel la Católica and France’s Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
Wednesday, February 26
2020 Getty Medal Recipients Named
Philanthropist and ARTnews Top 200 Collector Alice Walton, artist Martin Puryear, and scholar Kwame Anthony Appiah are the 2020 recipients of the Getty Medal, which has been given by the J. Paul Getty Trust since 2013. The awards will be presented in September at the Morgan Library in New York. Previous winners include artists Frank Gehry, Ellsworth Kelly, Anselm Kiefer, Ed Ruscha, Richard Serra, Lorna Simpson, philanthropist and collector Agnes Gund, and Thelma Golden, the director of the Studio Museum in Harlem.
Otis College of Art and Design Names New President
Charles Hirschhorn, president of AEG Television and a trustee of the Berklee College of Music in Boston, will join Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles as its next president, beginning June 1. Throughout his career in film and television, Hirschhorn has served as vice president of development for Fox Broadcasting, vice president of production at Disney’s Hollywood Pictures, and president of Disney Television and Television Animation.
Terra Foundation Names New President
Sharon Corwin has been appointed the next president and CEO of the Chicago-based nonprofit Terra Foundation for American Art, which funds exhibitions, research, and educational programs across the country. Corwin currently serves as the director and chief curator of the Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville, Maine, where she is also a professor in the school’s art department. During her tenure at the museum, she organized exhibitions including “Alex Katz/Moby-Dick” (2019–20), “Theaster Gates: Facsimile Cabinet of Women Origin Stories” (2019), and “American Modern: Abbott, Evans, Bourke-White” (2011).
Tuesday, February 25
Kohn Gallery Now Represents Caroline Kent
Kohn Gallery in Los Angeles has added Chicago-based painter Caroline Kent to its roster. The gallery will present Kent’s first solo exhibition in L.A. in September. Works by the artist, who is known for her explorations of language and abstraction that unfold on black canvases, can be found in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. She has previously exhibited at the California African American Museum in Los Angeles, the FLAG Art Foundation in New York, and elsewhere.
Luhring Augustine Sets Date for Tribeca Space Opening
Luhring Augustine will open its new 3,500 square-foot Tribeca gallery on May 1 with an exhibition of work by the late artist Lucia Nogueira. The gallery also announced that it will present a survey of work by painter Frank Auerbach at its Chelsea location this spring.
Monday, February 24
Gladstone Now Represents Shahryar Nashat
Gladstone Gallery, which maintains spaces in New York and Brussels, has added Los Angeles–based artist Shahryar Nashat to its roster. Nashat is best known for videos and installations that explore thematic concerns of desire, mortality, and the bodily experience of interacting with artworks. A solo exhibition, which features a new video by the artist, is on view through March 8 in the Museum of Modern Art’s new studio space for live events programming.
Letter by Artist-Led Pro–Bernie Sanders Campaign Garners Hundreds of Signatures
The artist-led campaign, Artists4Bernie, that supports Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders’s bid for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States accumulated 665 signatures as of Monday afternoon, February 24. Among the artists who have signed their name to a letter of support by the organization are Anicka Yi, Carlos Motta, Damián Ortega, Hito Steyerl, Kader Attia, Kara Walker, Kevin Beasley, Kim Gordon, Martha Rosler, Nicole Eisenman, Park McArthur, Sondra Perry, and Wu Tsang. The group’s letter can be found here.
MoCA Westport Names New Executive Director
The Museum of Contemporary Art Westport in Connecticut has appointed collector Ruth Mannes as its executive director. Mannes previously served as executive managing editor of HarperCollins in New York. She succeeds Amanda Innes, who helmed the institution for four years.
Rashid Johnson Wins NAACP Image Award
On Saturday, artist Rashid Johnson was named the winner of an NAACP Image Award for directing the TV movie Native Son, an adaptation of Richard Wright’s 1940 novel focused on a young African-American man in Chicago. The film is the directorial debut for Johnson, who is better known for his paintings and installations about tensions and anxieties. The film also earned its screenwriter, playwright Suzan Lori-Parks, an NAACP Image Award.