Weekly Shuffle: Met President Retires, Museums Welcome New Directors

New chairman for Bonhams in Asia, Crystal Bridges promotes curators, and more.

Emily Rafferty Photo: Patrick McMullan/ PatrickMcMullan.com

New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art is losing its first female president, Emily Rafferty, who will retire in the spring after ten years on the job. As artnet News reported, Rafferty has worked at the museum since 1976.

Ben Whine, the director of individual development, membership, and annual fund at New York’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, will join the SculptureCenter in Long Island City, Queens, as associate director, according to ARTnews.

The Cincinnati Art Museum will tap Cameron Kitchin, director of the Brooks Museum of Art in Memphis, as its new director, replacing Aaron Betsky, who retired in May, reports Cincinnati.com. As previously reported by artnet News, David Linnenberg, the museum’s chief administrative officer, has been serving as the institution’s interim director.

The Boston Athenæum welcomes Elizabeth E. Barker, director of the Mead Art Museum at Amherst Collect, as its new director.

The new director of the Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum will be Christopher Scoates, the current director of the University Art Museum at California State University Long Beach.

Magnus Renfrew, Art Basel‘s Asia director, is joining Bonhams as its new deputy chairman in Asia and director of fine arts in Asia (see artnet News report).

Lydia Yee and Anna Colin.

Lydia Yee and Anna Colin.

London’s Whitechapel Gallery has hired a new chief curator, reports Art in America: Lydia Yee, who has been the curator of the Barbican Art Gallery, also in London, since 2007. As artnet News reported in March, Yee has also been tapped to co-curate the next British Art Show with Anna Colin.

The International Biennial Association has elected Yongwoo Lee, president of Gwangju Biennale Foundation, to a three-year term as president, reports e-flux. Biennial Foundation founding director Marieke van Hal and Istanbul Biennial director Bige Örer have been each elected as vice-presidents, also for three years.

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is promoting assistant curators Manuela Well-Off-Man (with Crystal Bridges since 2009) and Chad Alligood (who joined the museum last year) to curator. Mindy Besaw, a curator at the Buffalo Bill Center at the Whitney Western Art Museum in Cody, Wyoming, will join Crystal Bridges’s staff as a curator in the fall.

The Indianapolis Museum of Art has a new deputy director for institutional advancement in Kim Gattle, the president and founder of Gattle & Company, a local fundraising consulting firm.

Washington’s Tacoma Art Museum has named Samantha Hightower Kelly, curator of education at the Birmingham Museum of Art in Alabama, as its new director of education

Mary K. Siefke, a certified public accountant from ProMedica Health System, is now the Toledo Museum of Art‘s chief financial officer.


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