Art Buzz August 16, 2013: Brad Pitt Deemed Too ‘Dumb’ To Join Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art Board

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Brad Pitt Too ‘Dumb’ To Join Art Museum Board

Source: The Inquisitr, 8-16-13

The World War Z star was reportedly very interested in being a member on the board of the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art. Although Pitt seemed to think he had what it took for a spot, an insider says the actor was simply too “dumb” for the job….READ MORE

Art Buzz May 23, 2013: Massimiliano Gioni, Venice Biennale Curator: New Guide in Venice

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New Guide in Venice

Source: NYT, 5-23-13

Massimiliano Gioni, 40, the 2013 Venice Biennale curator is also the associate director and director of exhibitions for the New Museum.
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Massimiliano Gioni, 40, the 2013 Venice Biennale curator is also the associate director and director of exhibitions for the New Museum.

Massimiliano Gioni’s ambitious Venice Biennale art extravaganza opens this week…..READ MORE

Art Buzz April 3, 2013: Jean-Luc Martinez: New Director at the Louvre

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New Boss at the Louvre

Source: NYT, 4-3-13

Jean-Luc Martinez, an archaeologist and art historian, will be the next director of the Louvre….READ MORE

Art Buzz March 27, 2013: Colin B. Bailey: New Director Selected for Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

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New Director Selected for Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Source: NYT, 3-27-13

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco have announced the selection of a new director, Colin B. Bailey, who is now deputy director of the Frick Collection in New York….READ MORE

Art Buzz February 5, 2013: Kim Sajet: New Director Named for National Portrait Gallery in Washington

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New Director Named for National Portrait Gallery

Source: NYT, 2-5-13

Kim Sajet, the current president and chief executive of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, will be the new director of the National Portrait Gallery in Washington….READ MORE

Art Buzz April 16, 2012: Gabriel Ritter: Dallas Museum of Art hires new assistant curator of contemporary art

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Dallas Museum of Art hires new assistant curator of contemporary art

Source: Pegasus News, 4-16-12

Gabriel Ritter

Gabriel Ritter

He comes to Dallas from Los Angeles.

The Dallas Museum of Art‘s new director, Maxwell Anderson, has hired another person to join their management team. Gabriel Ritter is the new assistant curator of contemporary art for the museum.

He is currently finishing his Ph.D. in art history at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), according to the museum. He has also worked at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA).

Here’s more information about Ritter, as sent by the Dallas Museum of Art:

Gabriel Ritter has been appointed The Nancy and Tim Hanley Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the Dallas Museum of Art, it was announced today by Maxwell L. Anderson, the DMA’s Eugene McDermott Director. He will begin work in Dallas on May 14, 2012. Ritter has extensive knowledge of modern and contemporary art. He has worked internationally in museums and has served as an independent curator, organizing exhibitions of emerging artists from the United States, Europe, and Asia. “Gabriel’s great enthusiasm and sincere interest in connecting artists globally with the collection and the community in Dallas will add depth and excitement to our increasingly diverse and energetic programming in contemporary art,” said Anderson.

Ritter is currently completing his Ph.D. in Art History at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he also earned his masters of art history, and is completing a Doctoral Fellowship at the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo. Previously a Curatorial Assistant at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) for three years, Ritter organized Out of the Ordinary: New Video from Japan and MOCA Focus: Karl Haendel, the first solo museum exhibition and publication dedicated to the artist. As Curatorial Assistant to former MOCA Senior Curator Ann Goldstein, now Director of the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Ritter also assisted on a number of exhibitions including The Art of Richard Tuttle and Martin Kippenberger: The Problem Perspective.

Ritter has delivered numerous scholarly papers and contributed to publications, including essays for monographs on the artists Makoto Aida and Koki Tanaka. His dissertation, Kitawaki Noboru and Surrealism in Japan, 1930–1951, explores Noboru’s involvement with surrealism in Japan during the 1930s and 40s. Ritter most recently organized Sculpture by Other Means, currently on view at the ONE AND J. Gallery in Seoul, Korea, featuring work by Masaya Chiba, Teppei Kaneuji, Yuki Kimura, and Koki Tanaka. Jeffrey Grove, The Hoffman Family Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, notes that “Gabriel’s depth of knowledge as a scholar and breadth of interest as a curator will be an invigorating complement to the contemporary art program at the DMA,” adding that “he will also be a passionate advocate for the concerns and practices of artists working today in Dallas, nationally, and internationally.”

It was recently announced that Ritter will serve as one of three curators for the upcoming 2013 Roppongi Crossing exhibition held by the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo. He is one of the first non-Japanese curators to participate in this reoccurring series of exhibitions founded in 2004. At the DMA, Ritter will work closely with Dr. Grove on a number of projects, including the organization of exhibitions in the Concentrations series, focused on overlooked and emerging artists, as well as other exhibitions. Ritter will work with artists and organizations in the area to strengthen relationships and programs, as well as conduct research on the collection, make acquisitions, and collaborate on installations of the collection in galleries throughout the Museum.

Art Buzz April 13, 2012: Karen Sherry: Portland Museum of Art hires new Curator of American Art

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Portland Museum of Art hires Brooklyn Museum’s Karen Sherry as new Curator of American Art

Source: Art Daily, 4-13-12

Since 2003, Karen Sherry has worked at the Brooklyn Museum in New York, most recently as Associate Curator of American Art.
Karen Sherry has been named Curator of American Art at the Portland Museum of Art. Sherry will play a national role in promoting research and scholarship on American art, Winslow Homer, and the significance of Maine in American art and cultural history. Sherry will join the Museum staff on June 26. “Karen brings to Portland great energy and scholarship as well as extensive experience gained at the great Brooklyn Museum,” said Museum Director Mark H.C. Bessire. “She will provide the path to reinstall the collection, engage audiences through innovative exhibitions, and be part of a curatorial team that seeks to redefine the role of the 21st-century museum. We are also thrilled that her background in American art and Winslow Homer will energize our commitment to the role Maine plays in the national art conversation.”…READ MORE