Comings and Goings

This month:


Wallis Annenberg joins MoCA board

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles’ board of trustees is now 52 members strong with the recent addition of philanthropist Wallis Annenberg and Belgian developer Laurent Degryse. According to MoCA, the figure is double what it was in 2009, when nine members fled the museum in the midst of tremendous financial strain. The budget crisis was ultimately eased by a $30m grant from Eli Broad, the museum’s first chairman. Annenberg has led her family’s foundation since 2009. Started by her father, publishing giant Walter Annenberg, the foundation provides funding and support to non-profit organisations throughout the world. She is also a MoMA board member.

Henry Moore Institute enlists young curator Pavel Pys

The Henry Moore Institute in Leeds has named Pavel Pys its new exhibitions and displays curator. Pys comes to the position from London, where he works as a curator and writer. This year, he was awarded the Foundation Sandretto Re Rebaudengo young curators residency in Turin, and won the first Zabludowicz Collection Curatorial Open in London. He will join the sculpture institute in October.

Ute Meta Bauer named dean of Royal College of Art

Ute Meta Bauer has been appointed Dean of the School of Fine Art at the Royal College of Art in London. Bauer comes to the school from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s visual arts programme, where she was a tenured professor and director since 2005. Between 1999 and 2002 she was a co-curator of Documenta 11. She will assume the position in September 2012. During the interval period, professor Olivier Richon will serve as acting dean.

Min Jung Kim appointed deputy director of Michigan State muesum

Min Jung Kim has been appointed deputy director of the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University. Kim comes to the museum from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, where she worked in programming for the past 12 years. She will start her new post with the launch of the Zaha Hadid-designed contemporary art museum in spring 2012.

List Visual Arts Center appoints new director

Paul Ha has been named the new director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s List Visual Arts Center—the school’s contemporary art museum. Ha will begin his new position on 1 December. He comes to the museum from the Contemporary Art Museum St Louis, where he has been the director since 2002. During his tenure at the Missouri museum, he raised more than $40m for the institution and established a $5m endowment, the museum’s first.

Gerard Vaughan to leave National Gallery of Victoria

Gerard Vaughan is stepping down from his position as director of the National Gallery of Victoria, effective July 2012. Vaughan joined the museum in 1999 and saw his position through to the museum’s 150th anniversary, which was celebrated this year. In 2008 he launched the $150m Masterpieces for Melbourne campaign, which raises acquisitional funds. Vaughan oversaw the redevelopment of two building complexes at the National Gallery. Prior to joining the museum, he was director of the British Museum Development Trust for five years. In January 2011 he was made a member of the Order of Australia.

Teresita Fernánde appointed to US Commission of Fine Arts

Artist Teresita Fernández has been appointed to the US Commission of Fine Arts, a federal panel that advises on national matters of design and aesthetics. Fernández, who is represented by Lehmann Maupin in New York, is a 2005 MacArthur Foundation fellow and will hold the role for a four-year term. She is one of seven commissioners appointed by the US president. Members of the panel approve the site and design of national memorials and museums and shape the design of US coins and medals.

Russell Lord elected photography curator at New Orleans Museum of Art

The New Orleans Museum of Art has appointed Russell Lord as its curator of photographs. He will oversee the museum's 8,500-work collection. Lord recently completed a two-year Jane and Morgan Whitney fellowship in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s photography department and begins the position this month.

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