Visual Art Musical Chairs
posted by October 17 at 14:00 PMon
At 4Culture, Gallery4Culture manager and King County’s collections curator Greg Bell is leaving, to be succeeded in November by Esther Luttikhuizen. Bell’s going to work for a private collection, and I’ll miss him. He’s a stabilizing presence wherever he is, and his dry wit will trip you up if you don’t watch it.
Luttik-what, you say? It’s pronounced LOO-tick-high-zen: not so hard. And as unfamiliar as her name may sound, Esther Luttikhuizen is a very familiar figure: She presided over the glorious Esther Claypool Gallery from 1998 until it closed in 2003. Esther Claypool gave young, energetic artists a chance and almost all of them went on to greater things. Luttikhuizen’s got a great eye, and she’s been missing from Seattle’s public sphere these past years. I’m excited about her comeback tour.
Over on the Eastside, Bellevue Arts Museum has decided to wean itself away from the man who came in to save it four years ago: Michael Monroe, whose official resume began in 1974, when he joined the Renwick Gallery (for American craft) as an associate curator.
Monroe’s not leaving just yet. But he’s paving his own drive out. BAM has hired an interim executive director, Mark Crawford (an executive with nonprofit and for-profit experience), and a search for a permanent ED will be launched in 2009. This allows Monroe to step back slowly. For now he’ll continue to oversee curatorial affairs and to organize exhibitions alongside BAM curator Stefano Catalani.
And now please enjoy this recent interview with Les Claypool (seen above), who has himself shifted roles, as he has taken to making movies.