The Whitney Museum’s board of trustees has elected Laurie M. Tisch and Neil G. Bluhm as co-chairs and Richard M. DeMartini as president. All three will begin their new positions this week on July 1. Tisch and Bluhm will succeed Brooke Garber Neidich and Robert J. Hurst, and DeMartini will succeed former board president Bluhm.
Tisch was elected to the Whitney’s board in 1996, and currently serves as president of the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, a New York City-based arts nonprofit dedicated to increasing access to education, art, economic development, and healthy food. In recognition of her advocacy for arts education, the new Whitney’s first facility for education was named the Laurie M. Tisch Education Center.
Bluhm, a museum trustee since 2003 and board president since 2008, is founder and president of luxury real estate company JMB Realty Corporation, a founder and managing principal of Walton Street Capital, and chairman of Rush Street Gaming. A fun fact: the new Whitney’s Neil Bluhm Family Galleries, located on the fifth floor of the museum, happen to be the largest column-free exhibition space in any New York museum.
DeMartini, a former Bank of America Asset Management Group president, chairman and CEO of Morgan Stanley’s international private client group, and current partner at private equity firm Crestview Partners, joined the Whitney’s board in 2007.
Adam D. Weinberg, Alice Pratt Brown Director of the Whitney, said in a release:
“During this time of extraordinary change and growth for the Whitney, with the relocation of the Museum from its former home on the Upper East Side to our new building downtown, we have been profoundly fortunate to have the stable and visionary leadership of Bob Hurst and Brooke Garber Neidich as co-chairmen of our wonderful board of trustees. I am grateful for the immense contributions of these devoted individuals and thank them with all my heart for ushering the Whitney into a new era, particularly Bob Hurst who chaired the capital campaign, which made the new building possible. I am thrilled that Neil Bluhm will remain in a leadership role, now as co-chairman alongside longtime Whitney Trustee Laurie Tisch, and to have Rich DeMartini as our new president. They are generous, dedicated, and socially conscious trustees who will lead the museum forward into its next chapter.”