Comings and Goings

This month:


Philip Tinari elected director of Ullens Center for Contemporary Art

American-born Philip Tinari will replace Jérôme Sans as the director of the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Bejing, effective 1 December. Tinari is a contributing editor of Artforum and founder of the bilingual art magazine Leap. Sans, who co-founded Paris’s Palais de Tokyo in 2002, has directed the private museum since March 2008.

Wadsworth Atheneum names new curator

The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art has selected Robin Jaffee Frank to be its chief curator and curator of American painting and sculpture. She will arrive shortly before the 2014 reopening of the museum, which is currently renovating of all five of its buildings. Frank previously worked at the Yale University Art Gallery where she was curator of American paintings and sculpture.

Philipp Demandt to direct the Alte Nationalgalerie

Art historian Philipp Demandt will be the new director of Berlin’s Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery) starting in early 2012. Prior to the appointment, he was a departmental head at the Kulturstiftung der Länder, an arts foundation in Germany, and in 2002 served as an exhibition assistant at the Bröhan Museum. He replaces Bernhard Maaz.

John Murdoch to retire from the Huntington Library

John Murdoch is retiring from his position as art collections director at the Huntington Library Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, effective 30 June 2012. Over his nine years at the library, he has helped expand the library’s collection with acquisitions such as Philippe de Champaigne’s 1660 portrait of Jean de Thevenot, sculptor Harriet Hosmer’s Zenobia in Chains (1859) and several works from the British and American Arts and Crafts movement.

Maxwell Anderson to leave the Indianapolis Museum of Art

Maxwell Anderson is leaving his position as director and chief executive of the Indianapolis Museum of Art to take the helm of Dallas Museum of Art on 9 January 2012. Anderson succeeds Bonnie Pitman, who retired from the museum on 1 June. He has headed the Indianapolis museum since 2006, adding over $30m to its endowment through gifts and pledges. Anderson also led the museum’s acquisition and renovation of Eero Saarinen’s Miller House (1957), a residence in Columbus, Indiana, which opened to the public in May.

New chief financial officer joins Miami Art Museum

As the Miami Art Museum continues its progress on its new Herzog & de Meuron-designed building in downtown Miami, it announces John Safranek as its new chief financial officer. Safranek comes to the museum from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, where he was vice president and chief financial officer. He is both a board member of the Everglades Association and a grant panelist for the Miami-Dade County department of cultural affairs. He will oversee finance, operations, human resources and information technology.

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