Comings and Goings

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Antonia Boström joins Nelson-Atkins

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, has appointed Antonia Boström the director of curatorial affairs. Boström comes to the institution from the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, where she is the senior curator and department head of sculpture and decorative arts. Boström previously worked at the Detroit Institute of Arts from 1996 to 2004, where she was first an assistant and then an associate curator. She earned both her B.A. and her Ph.D. at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London.

Nicola Lees to curate Frieze London 2013

The Frieze Foundation has appointed Nicola Lees as curator for the 2013 edition of the London fair. Lees has spent the past five years as senior curator of public programmes at the Serpentine Gallery, London, where her work focused on interdisciplinary, time-based, and performance art. Since 2008, she has worked with Hans Ulrich Obrist on a series of two day events bringing together practitioners from the arts and sciences. Lees takes over the job from Sarah McCrory, who is now directing the Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art.

Julia Marciari-Alexander joins the Walters Art Museum

Julia Marciari-Alexander has been named the executive director of the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. She will take the position on 1 April, and comes to Maryland from the San Diego Art Museum, where she was the deputy director for curatorial affairs. Prior to that, she spent more than ten years at the Yale Center for British Art. Marciari-Alexander replaces Gary Vikan, who held the position for the past 18 years, and was with the museum for 27 in total.

Alex Gartenfeld named curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami

Alex Gartenfeld has joined the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, as curator. A senior editor of Art in America and Interview online, Gartenfeld has also organised around 25 exhibitions and is currently working on a show entitled “Empire State” with Norman Rosenthal for the Palazzo delle Exposizioni, Rome, featuring new site specific installations by Wade Guyton and Dan Graham among others. In part, Gartenfeld will be responsible for putting together travelling exhibitions from the museum’s permanent collection. He takes up his new post in May.

Larry Smallwood to be the first deputy director of Mass MoCA

Larry Smallwood has become the first deputy director of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams. Smallwood first joined the museum in 1998, but has been an independent curator since 2006. Last year, he organised a Steve McQueen retrospective at the Art Institute of Chicago and has put together shows featuring artists such as Alfredo Jaar and Robert Irwin.

Andrew Hunter named curator at the Art Gallery of Ontario

The Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, has appointed Andrew Hunter as its curator of Canadian art. Hunter currently teaches at the University of Waterloo’s school of art and architecture and has held curatorial positions at the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Charlottetown, and the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg. He begins the position in May.

Eva González-Sancho to lead Musac in León, Spain

Eva González-Sancho is the new director of Musac, the museum of contemporary art of Castilla and León in the northern Spanish city of León. She was formerly the director of Frac Bourgogne (Fonds Régional d'Art Contemporain) in Dijon, France (2003-11). Her predecessor in León, Agustin Pérez Rubio, resigned last year after cuts were made to the institution's budget.

Matthew Affron to be Philadelphia Museum of Art's Modern art curator

Matthew Affron will be the Philadelphia Museum of Art's curator of Modern art. He leaves the Fralin, the University of Virginia's art museum, where he has organised a forthcoming exhibition "Joseph Cornell and Surrealism" with the Musée des Beaux-Arts of Lyon, while also teaching at the university.

Margarita Aguilar leaves directorship of El Museo del Barrio

Margarita Aguilar, the director of El Museo del Barrio, New York, has stepped down amid a whirl of institutional troubles. Aguilar joined the museum in August of 2011 as the museum was cutting a number of jobs. Eight additional posts were eliminated this past January. The deputy director Gonzalo Casals, who declined to comment to the New York Times on Aguilar’s departure, will take over on an interim basis.

Dakin Hart appointed Senior Curator of Noguchi Museum

The Noguchi Museum, New York, has appointed Dakin Hart as its senior curator. Hart served as the assistant director at the Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, from 2002 to 2004. From 2007 to 2010, Hart worked with John Richardson on a group of Picasso exhibitions for Gagosian gallery. His most recently curated exhibition, a retrospective of Davi Det Hompson, was organised for Zieher Smith gallery, New York.

Jean-Jacques Aillagon joins Les Arts Décoratifs

The former French minister of culture Jean-Jacques Aillagon has been named the president of Les Arts Décoratifs, the governing body of the Museum of Decorative Arts, the Nissim de Camondo Museum, and the Ateliers du Carrousel, all in Paris. Aillagon was the only candidate considered for the position, and was voted in unanimously by the administration of Les Arts Décoratifs.

Charles Guerin named director of Hyde Collection

Charles Guerin has been named the director of the Hyde Collection, New York. The institution had been without a permanent director since the departure of David Stetford in August of last year. Guerin was most recently the executive director of the University of Arizona Museum of Art and held the same job at the University of Wyoming Art Museum from 1986 until 2000. He takes up his new post in March.

James Brayton Hall moves to Norton Museum of Art

James Brayton Hall is due to become the deputy director of the Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, in April. Hall has been the executive director of the Providence Preservation Society since 2010. Prior to that, he was the assistant director of the Rhode Island School of Design, a post he took up after spending 20 years as the school’s director of exhibitions and campus design. The museum’s previous deputy director, Charles Steinback, has taken over the directorship of the Muriel Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College, in Collegeville, Pennsylvania.

Alexandra Montgomery leaves Gardiner Museum

Alexandra Montgomery is stepping down from her position as the executive director of the Gardiner Museum, Toronto, after 14 years at the helm. She is due to be replaced on an interim basis by Rachel Gotlieb, the museum’s chief curator. Montgomery leaves the institution to assume the vice presidency of the Tides Canada Foundation, a philanthropic organisation.

Risha Lee appointed curator at Minneapolis Institue of Arts

Risha Lee has become the curator of Indian and Southeast Asian art at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. She joins the institution after completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the National University of Singapore. Lee held curatorial positions at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco in 2004 and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, in 2002.

Sarah Robayo Sheridan joins the Power Plant

The Power Plant, Toronto, has named Sarah Robayo Sheridan as its curator of exhibitions. She is due to join the non-profit institution in December 2013. Robayo Sheridan has been the director of exhibitions and publications at Mercer Union, Toronto, since 2008 and is the recipient of a Canada Council for the Arts grant with which she using to write a history of "Reunion," a 1969 event that brought Marcel Duchamp and John Cage to Toronto.

Kate Fowle will be the Garage's chief curator

Kate Fowle will be the chief curator of Moscow's Garage Center for Contemporary Culture. She is currently the director of the New York-based Independent Curators International and will remain the organisation's director at large, dividing her time between Moscow and New York. Founded by Dasha Zhukova, the new Rem Koolhaas OMA-designed Garage is due to open in Moscow's Gorky Park in 2014.

Kim Sajet to lead America's National Portrait Gallery

Kim Sajet will be the new director of the National Portrait Gallery (NPG), Washington, DC, the Smithsonian Institution has announced. Due to start in April, she is currently the chief executive of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. After Martin Sullivan’s departure as the NPG's director, Wendy Wick Reaves, the gallery’s curator of prints and drawings, acted as interim director.

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