Comings and Goings

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Rose Art Museum appoints Christopher Bedford as director after three-year gap

Christopher Bedford has been named director of Brandeis University’s Rose Art Museum, which hasn’t had a permanent head for the past three years. Bedford is slated to begin in September at the Rose, which is based in Waltham, Massachussetts, after serving as chief curator at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio. The Rose’s directorship had been in flux since 2009 when plans were announced to sell its collection of modern and contemporary art, and its then-director Michael Rush resigned in protest. Those plans were eventually scrapped after widespread criticism.

New Museum curator Eungie Joo names director of art at Inhotim in Brazil

Eungie Joo, director and curator of education and public programmes at New York’s New Museum, has been appointed director of art and cultural programmes at Instituto Inhotim in Brumadinho, Brazil. Joo begins in September at Inhotim, a rural contemporary art centre and park that is 200 miles northwest of Rio de Janeiro, after curating this year’s New Museum Triennial, “The Ungovernables”, and leading the launch of the museum’s public resource for contemporary art, Museum as Hub. She succeeds Jochen Volz, who is departing to become head of programmes at the Serpentine Gallery in London.

Gretchen Wagner becomes curator of Pulitzer Foundation in St Louis

Gretchen Wagner becomes curator of the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts in St Louis, Missouri, on 15 October. She currently serves as the assistant curator in the department of prints and illustrated books at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, where some of her exhibition highlights have included “Dada in the Collection of The Museum of Modern Art” and “Gabriel Orozco: Samurai Tree Invariants”. Wanger succeeds Francesca Herndon-Consagra, the foundation’s senior curator from 2008 to 2012.

Metropolitan names Pierre Terjanian curator of arms and armour

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has named Pierre Terjanian as the curator of its arms and armour department. Terjanian comes to the Met in October after serving 15 years at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where he is the J. J. Medveckis associate curator of arms and armour and acting head of the department of European decorative arts and sculpture before 1700. Among his accomplishments at the Philadelphia Museum, Terjanian reinstalled four permanent galleries and created a catalogue of 100 key pieces from the museum’s arms and armor collection, to be published in 2013.

Laurence Kardish stepping down as senior curator of film at MoMA

Laurence Kardish is stepping down as senior curator of film at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, after a 44-year career with the museum. Kardish began at the MoMA in 1968 as the curatorial assistant in the film department and was steadily promoted until becoming its senior curator in 1999. Kardish organised hundreds of film exhibitions, including shows around the works of John Cassavetes, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Jean-Luc Godard and Alfred Hitchcock. Kardish leaves the museum on 15 October.

Tobia Bezzola appointed director of Museum Folkwang in Essen

The Swiss art historian Tobia Bezzola has been appointed director of Museum Folkwang in Essen, Germany. Bezzola joins Folkwang, a major repository of photography and works of art from the 19th and 20th centuries, after serving as head of exhibitions at Kunsthaus Zürich for 11 years.

Mad. Sq. Art names Adam Glick first permanent art curator

The Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art programme in New York has named Adam Glick as its first permanent art curator. Glick joined the park in October as associate curator after holding positions with the New Museum, the Museum of Modern Art and the International Fine Print Dealers Association. The curatorial position, named after the park’s long-time art advisory committee member, Martin Friedman, was created in March along with a developing $2m endowment.

French historian and curator Sylvain Bellenger joins Art Institute of Chicago

Sylvain Bellenger, the chief curator of National Heritage at the Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art in Paris, has been appointed the Searle chair and curator of medieval through modern European painting and sculpture at the Art Institute of Chicago. Prior to joining the Institute National in 2005, Bellenger held curatorial positions at the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Château and Museums of Blois, France, and was director of the Museums of Montargis. He begins working in the Art Institute’s largest curatorial group on 1 October.

Dorothea Arnold retiring as head of Egyptian art at Metropolitan

Dorothea Arnold is retiring as the head of the Egyptian art department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York after 21 years. She joined the Met in 1985 as an associate curator and has been the department’s chair since 2005. She became curator emeritus in July.

Two new posts at New York's Rubin Museum of Art

The Rubin Museum of Art in New York has promoted Patrick Sears to be its executive director and has appointed Linda Dunne to the newly created position of director of museum services and operations. Sears has been at the Rubin for nine years, most recently as deputy director. Dunne previously served as the acting director of New York’s American Folk Art Museum.

All of Munich's major museums now led by women

Christiane Lange, the director of Munich’s Hypo-Kulturstif­tung, is due to take the helm at the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart on 1 January 2013. This appointment means that all of the German city’s major museums are now led by women. Sean Rainbird, who previously ran the Staatsgalerie, was named the director of the National Gallery of Ireland in 2011. n

Miwako Tezuka is first Japanese director of Japan Society

Miwako Tezuka, a curator and specialist in contemporary Japanese art, has become the first Japanese director of the Japan Society’s gallery in New York. She joined the gallery in July, replacing Joe Earle, who is due to retire on 30 September.

Deborah Cullen becomes director of Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University

Deborah Cullen is due to become the director and chief curator of the Miriam and Ira Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University in New York in July. She was previously the director of curatorial programmes at New York’s El Museo del Barrio.

San Francisco Asian Art Museum makes Laura Allen curator of Japanese art

San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum named Laura Allen its curator of Japanese art in June. Allen has worked with the museum’s Japanese department as a guest co-curator since 2009. She is also an advisor to the museum’s Society for Asian Art’s board of directors.

Tate Britain names five new curators

Tate Britain named five new curators in June: Greg Sullivan and Ruth Kenny join the museum’s pre-1800 British art team as curator and assistant curator, respectively; Carol Jacobi becomes curator of the 19th-century British art team while Caroline Corbeau-Parons and Amy Concannon become assistant curators in the department.

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