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Jonathan F. Fanton has been named president of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, reports the New York Times. Former president Leslie Cohen Berlowitz resigned in July amid accusations of resume inflation. Currently the interim director and a Franklin D. Roosevelt visiting fellow at the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College, New York, Fanton has served as the president of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and of the New School, also in New York. He has been a fellow of the Academy since 1999.
As artnet News shared earlier, the Austrian pavilion at the 2015 Venice Biennale will be curated by Yilmaz Dziewior of the Kunsthaus Bregenz. Meanwhile, the Swiss representative will be Pamela Rosenkranz, as reported by Artforum. The artist is known for embracing such varied issues as globalization, environmentalism, technology, and pop culture in her work.
When Michael M. Kaiser finishes his tenure as president of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on September 1, he will sign on as co-chairman at performing arts management agency IMG Artists, reports the New York Times. Kaiser is also the president of the Kennedy Center’s DeVos Institute of Arts Management, which he is moving to the University of Maryland, and the two organizations will collaborate. Deborah F. Rutter of the Chicago Symphony will assume Kaiser’s position at the Kennedy Center.
Canada’s federal Heritage minister has appointed Simon Brault to a five year term as director and CEO of the Canada Council for the Arts. Brault is currently the CEO of the National Theatre School in Montreal, and co-founded Quebec’s annual Journées de la culture (Culture Days).
Following Adam Szymczyk’s resignation, Elena Filipovic, a senior curator at the WIELS Contemporary Art Centre in Brussels, will take over as director of the Kunsthalle Basel in November. As artnet News noted in a story last week, the two curators previously worked together at the 2008 Berlin Biennale.
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts innovation engineer and head of interpretation and participatory experiences, Amanda Thompson Rundahl, has been named the Saint Louis Art Museum‘s director of learning and engagement. In her new role, Rundahl will oversee the Saint Louis Art Museum’s education, art interpretation, and public programming initiatives, reports Artdaily.
The head of photography department at Jeruslaem’s Bezalel Academy is now locally-based photographer and video-artist Dor Guez.
Only a year after accepting his post, John Lofgren has stepped down as the executive director of the Bakersfield Museum of Art, reports the Bakersfield Californian. Lofgren, who cited his wife’s health as the cause for his resignation, will be replaced on an interim basis by museum board member and retired architect Mark Engelien.
Prospect New Orleans has hired Robin Wallis Atkinson as assistant director curatorial affairs, Isolde Brielmaier as project consultant, and Imani Jacqueline Brown as manager of publications.
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