As the International Center of Photography begins its search for a new director, the Jewish Museum has found its next leader in Claudia Gould, who since 1999 has served as director of the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Gould has been named Helen Goldsmith Menschel Director of the Jewish Museum, the institution’s board of trustees announced today. She succeeds Joan Rosenbaum, who will retire at the end of this month after 30 years at the museum’s helm.
“Claudia Gould will lead the Jewish Museum into this next phase,” notes the press release announcing her appointment. Among her achievements at the ICA: tripling its exhibitions and staff, doubling its attendance, and reaching the final stage of a successful endowment campaign, all while mounting exhibitions of work by everyone from Lisa Yuskavage and Charles LeDray to Jurgen Bey and Maira Kalman (the extraordinary survey “Various Illuminations (of a Crazy World)” recently completed its run at the Jewish Museum). Before joining the ICA, Gould served for six years as executive director of Artists Space in New York and was previously curator of exhibitions at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio. “Claudia’s expertise in contemporary art and culture will bring great vitality to the Jewish Museum’s mission to engage the public in enjoyment, understanding, and preservation of Jewish culture, and arts,” said Robert A. Pruzan, chairman of the board of trustees. “As someone especially conversant in all the ways that museums reach and ignite interest of the public today, Claudia will help the Jewish Museum continue to engage our existing audience and speak to ever broader and more diverse new audiences, including younger generations of museumgoers.”