Philadelphia’s Barnes Foundation announced today that it has hired Thomas Collins, who has served as director of the Pérez Art Museum Miami for the past five years, to replace its outgoing director Derek Gillman, who was recently named the new chairman of the Impressionist and Modern art department at Christie’s auction house and stepped down at the Barnes in 2013.
Collins came to PAMM (then the Miami Art Museum) in 2010, after spending five years as director of the Neuberger Museum of Art at Purchase College in Purchase, N.Y. Prior to that he served as director of the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore and chief curator of the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati. He has also held positions at Seattle’s Henry Art Gallery and New York’s Museum of Modern Art.
At PAMM, Collins oversaw the construction of its new Herzog & de Meuron–designed building, which opened in 2013. It was funded in part by a $35 million donation from Jorge M. Pérez, which led to the controversial changing of the name of the museum.
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