The Museum of Arts and Design announced today that it has tapped Glenn Adamson, the head of the research department at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum, to be its new director. Dr. Adamson takes the place of Holly Hotchner, who was appointed in 1996 and who in January announced that she would step down in April. Though you can start sending congratulations cards to the new director now, he doesn’t officially take up the position until Oct. 15.
About five years ago, Lowery Stokes Sims, whom the Museum of Arts and Design had recently hired as curator, was mulling ideas for exhibitions. At the time, the artist Martin Puryear, who is known for large, delicate sculptures made of wood, had a retrospective at MoMA, and one day Ms. Sims went to go see him in conversation with John Elderfield, then a curator at the museum.
“I was struck that he emphasized the fact that, as opposed to sending work out to be fabricated, he really wanted to engage the material and see where the material led him,” Ms. Sims told Gallerist on the phone last week. “Our mantra here [at MAD] is materials and process. A light bulb went off in my head, and I said, ‘I’ll work on wood!’”
The director of the Museum of Arts and Design, Holly Hotchner, announced that she will step down on April 30, after 16 years leading the museum.