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Museum Moves: Endeavour Battles LA Traffic; New Faces and Places at the Getty, New Museum, MoMA


(Photo: Lawrence K. Ho for the Los Angeles Times)

• “Wow. I didn’t realize it was so…big.” Such was the gobsmacked refrain of people all across Los Angeles this weekend, as the space shuttle Endeavour battled traffic to arrive fashionably late at a party held in its honor last night at the California Science Center. “In a city whose residents are accused of disdaining public space, the orbiter’s tour led Angelenos to crowd sidewalks 10 or 12 deep as well as drawing thousands of people who live north of the 10 Freeway to boulevards south of it,” writes Christopher Hawthorne in today’s Los Angeles Times. “It packed gas stations and strip-mall parking lots with crowds.” It’s like a brain-searing Bruce Wagner subplot come true!

• In other left coast museum moves, Thomas Kren (who is not to be confused with Thomas Krens) has been appointed associate director of collections for the Getty Museum. Stepping into his previous role as senior curator of manuscripts is Elizabeth Morrison. Both have plenty of experience in their new roles. Kren, who joined the Getty Museum in 1980, has been serving as acting associate director for collections since January 2010. Morrison, who joined the manuscripts department in 1996, has served as its acting senior curator since January of this year.

• Back in New York, Johanna Burton has been appointed Keith Haring Director and Curator of Education and Public Engagement at the New Museum. Beginning January 2, 2013, she will oversee all of the museum’s educational, interpretive, and theater initiatives, including the Fifth Floor Education Center and the Museum as Hub global partnership. Burton is currently director of the Graduate Program at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College and was formerly associate director of the Whitney Independent Study Program. She succeeds curator Eungie Joo, who has decamped to rural Brazil to serve as director of art and cultural programs at the contemporary art museum Xanadu of Inhotim.

Paola Antonelli, who last week convinced an impressively large bunch of Washingtonians to DVR the vice-presidential debate to catch her lecture at George Washington University, has been named director of research and development at the the Museum of Modern of Art, while keeping her post as senior curator of architecture and design. No one seems quite sure what the newly created position entails, aside from providing the museum “information and critical tools to evaluate new initiatives and identify new directions and unexplored opportunities, particularly in the digital realm.” Best of luck with that!

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