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Museum Moves | ICP Names Executive Director; MoMA’s New Chief Curator of Photography


(Photos from left: Courtesy Mark Robbins and Quentin Bajac)

• The International Center of Photography has found its next executive director: Mark Robbins, dean of the School of Architecture and senior advisor on architecture and urban initiatives at Syracuse University. His previous positions include director of design for the National Endowment for the Arts and curator of architecture at the Wexner Center of the Arts. “Photography and the transmission of the image in all forms is the medium that defines us,” said Robbins in a statement issued by ICP announcing his appointment. “It is an exciting moment to lead an institution dedicated to the image and its production.” He begins his duties on July 1. Robbins succeeds longtime ICP director Willis Hartshorn, who announced last August his intention to step due to medical reasons. Hartshorn will continue at ICP in the role of senior deputy director.

• Meanwhile, the Museum of Modern Art has chosen Quentin Bajac as its next chief curator of photography, director Glenn Lowry announced Tuesday. Bajac, who has been chief curator of photography at the Centre Pompidou since 2007, will assume his new position at MoMA in January 2013. “”Quentin’s superb accomplishments in Paris over the past 17 years, at the Musée d’Orsay [where he was curator of photography from 1995 to 2003] and the Centre Pompidou, have brought significant attention to the importance of photography in art history and as a critical component of contemporary practice,” said Lowry. Bajac succeeds Peter Galassi, who retired from the museum last July after a legendary 30-year career.

• Another curatorial move of note: After 21 years as head of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Department of Egyptian Art, the last seven of which she spent as chairman, Egyptology triple-threat (curator-scholar-archaeologist) Dorothea Arnold will retire on June 30. While the museum searches the globe for her successor, Diana Craig Patch, currently an associate curator in the department, will become acting associate curator in charge on July 1, when Arnold takes the title of curator emeritus.

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