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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum appoints consulting curator of landscape

Charles Waldheim, principal at Urban Agency, will join Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in January 2011 as its new consulting curator of landscape. His appointment and the creation of a new position is meant to highlight and expand the importance of landscape scholarship at the museum and in the neighborhood, as well as build upon the work of the first curator of landscape, Patrick Chassé. Waldheim joins the museum about a year before the expected opening of a new wing designed by Renzo Piano. Waldheim coined the term “landscape urbanism” to describe emerging design practices at the intersection of landscape and contemporary urbanism, which is his primary research focus. He is the John E. Irving professor of landscape architecture and the current chair of the department at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design. In 2006, Waldheim received the Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture from the American Academy in Rome.

Bonhams poaches Christie's director

Bonhams has begun to build up its Impressionist and Modern department with the appointment of Deborah Allan as its head. Allan was previously head of the same department at Christie's in London's South Kensington and has been at that auction house since 1997. She fills an empty seat at Bonhams: the previous department head, Edward Plackett, left earlier this year. Her arrival marks the beginning of a shift in emphasis at Bonhams, keen to develop its impressionist, modern and contemporary departments.

Alyce Myatt joins NEA as media arts director

The National Endowment for the Arts has named Alyce Myatt as its new media arts director. She will start in her new role on 3 January 2011, taking over from Ted Libbey, who began his reign in 2002 and is currently an advisor to PBS on arts programming. Myatt was most recently executive director of Grantmakers in Film + Electronic Media, an association of grantmakers looking to advance the field of media arts. She has also served as vice president of programming at the Public Broadcasting Service and as a program officer for media arts grantmaking for the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. In addition, she was director of children's programming at PBS and an executive produce at Children's Television Workshop and Nickelodeon and serves on a number of board and advisory groups.

Brett Abbott to be High Museum's curator of photography

Brett Abbott will join Atlanta's High Museum of Art as curator of photography in April 2011. Abbott is currently associate curator in the department of photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, where he has been on staff since 2002. He recently received the 2010 Lucie award for Curator/Exhibition of the Year for the show “Engaged Observers: Documentary Photography since the Sixties”, the Getty's highest-attended photography exhibition to date, and its related publication. Abbott also received the Lucie award in 2007 for “Edward Weston: Enduring Vision” and edited its companion publication, “Edward Weston's Book of Nudes”. Prior to his current position at the Getty, Abbott was curatorial intern in the department of photographs at the National Gallery of Art, Washington.

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