Arts MoMA Gets Kathy Halbreich
posted by September 27 at 10:10 AMon
I’m sure this has the art blogosphere on fire already this morning, but for those few poor souls who get their only art news from Slog, the latest is that the Museum of Modern Art has created a new position—associate director in charge of contemporary art—for museum-director superstar Kathy Halbreich, who has spent the last 16 years making the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis an up-to-the-minute spot in terms of art, architecture, technology, and curation.
Halbreich represents everything MoMA’s contemporary program needs to be: nimble, experimental, quick on the uptake. I can not wait to see what she’ll do there.
As for us here in Seattle, our pipe dreams for the Henry Art Gallery are dashed. An unusually high number of museums are looking for directors right now, including the Henry Art Gallery, Seattle’s contemporary museum. When the Henry’s blog posted a poll of dream candidates online, Halbreich was the frontrunner by a mile. What was she thinking choosing the Museum of Modern Art over the Henry?
(Thanks go to Slog tipper and fellow art chronicler Steven Vroom.)