Craft theorist and historian Glenn Adamson has been tapped to direct the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. He comes to MAD (beginning October 15) from London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, where he serves as Head of Research, a role that has encompassed initiating and shaping major exhibitions (he co-curated the V&A’s recent Postmodernism show), managing partnerships with museums and universities, and leading academic fundraising, among other responsibilities. Adamson succeeds Holly Hotchner, who stepped down at the end of April.

It’s a pivotal moment for MAD. In addition to a directorial changing of the guard, chief curator and VP of collections David Revere McFadden will retire from his position at the end of 2013, capping off a 16-year tenure at the museum. Meanwhile, plans are well underway for next year’s fifth anniversary celebration (can it be that long since MAD moved into its quirky Columbus Circle home?), which will include “Inspired,” an exhibition showcasing works that have joined the museum’s collection since the opening of its new building in 2008.