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Sylvia L. Yount Will Lead Met’s American Wing

Yount. (Courtesy VMFA)

Big changes at the Met today!

The museum announced that, after 48 years of service, Morrison H. Heckscher will step down as chairman of its American Wing to become its curator emeritus. Sylvia L. Yount, who is chief curator, curator of American art and department head at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, has been hired as curator in charge of the American Wing. Read More

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Exits and Layoffs Plague National Academy as Museum Makes Way for New Creative Director

Pellegrin. (Courtesy RxArt)

The National Academy Museum and School has let go several members of its staff, including both its registrars, the marketing director, the building manager and senior curator Bruce Weber. Dr. Marshall Price, the museum’s contemporary curator, left on his own volition in March to become a curator at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. According to sources with knowledge of the situation, the National Academy’s director, Carmine Branagan, told the museum’s board that the reason the employees were let go was financial, but the real reason stems from disagreements within the institution over its future direction—namely, the promotion of Maurizio Pellegrin, a member of the school’s faculty, to the powerful position of creative director of both the National Academy School and its museum, which are located in a townhouse on Museum Mile. Read More

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MOCA L.A. Names Helen Molesworth Chief Curator

Molesworth. (Courtesy ICA Boston)

The Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles once again has a chief curator.

The museum announced this evening that it has tapped Helen Molesworth, who has been chief curator at Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art since 2010, for the position, which had been vacant since Paul Schimmel was pushed out almost two full years ago. She will start Sept. 1. Read More

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Orange County Museum of Art Appoints New Director and CEO

Todd DeShields Smith. (Courtesy OCMA)

The Orange County Museum of Art has chosen Todd DeShields Smith as its new director and CEO. He previously served as the executive director of the Tampa Museum of Art, where he oversaw a huge renovation of the institution, and as the executive director of the Gibbs Museum of Art in Charleston, S.C. OCMA had been searching for a new director since last September. Read More

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Morgan Library’s William Griswold Named Director of Cleveland Museum of Art

William Griswold. (Courtesy

The board of the Cleveland Museum of Art voted unanimously Tuesday morning to appoint William M. Griswold its next director. Mr. Griswold, currently the director of the Morgan Library on Madison Avenue, will begin his post in early fall, according to the museum. He’ll be joining the staff following a $350 million expansion, and on the heels of the institution’s 100th anniversary in 2016, as well as a good deal of controversy after the abrupt exit of the museum’s last director, David Franklin. Read More