Ann Goldstein Joins the Art Institute of Chicago as New Deputy Director

AIC's director described her as the "gold standard."

Ann Goldstein. Photo: Courtesy of Albrecht Fuchs, Cologne.
Ann Goldstein. Photo: Courtesy of Albrecht Fuchs, Cologne.

It’s a big year in staff changes over at the Art Institute of Chicago. This Thursday, the museum identified Ann Goldstein as the latest to join the fold as their new deputy director and chair/curator of modern and contemporary art.

According to Amanda Hicks, a museum representative, the Art Institute’s new president James Rondeau has been gunning for the internationally renowned curator since he took his post.

“Ann defines the gold standard of museum professionals internationally,” Rondeau told artnet News in an email. He continued: “We needed someone who could take our ambitious program of exhibitions, diverse and global collecting, visitor engagement, and scholarship to the next level.”

Rondeau, who recently joined the museum this January, details that Goldstein will be working closely with him on long-term plans for the institution. In an interview with the Chicago Tribune, executives at the museum said that they are looking into a new building for Asian art, for instance.

In a statement, Goldstein described her appointment as a “homecoming,” stating that she began her career over three decades ago as a research assistant at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art.

Goldstein resigned from her position as director of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam after a four-year run in 2013. Prior to this role, Goldstein was a senior curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA), with over 20 years of service. Artists whose exhibitions she’s handled in the past include Mike Kelley, Christopher Wool, and Felix-Gonzalez-Torres, among many others.


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