Ann Temkin, a member of the curatorial team in painting and sculpture at MoMA, has been named the new head curator of that institution after a six month search. The post is considered the most prestigious gig in contemporary art, and Ms. Temkin has already announced some of her big plans for the museum, which is expanding its galleries into the tower that stands next door to the museum. “I plan to take a broader, more international view than we did in the past,” Ms. Temkin, 48, told the New York Times. More after the jump:
Ms. Temkin said that one of her priorities would be to “change our viewers’ experience in many ways,” especially by integrating painting and sculpture with other mediums. The Modern and many other museums still have separate departments for painting and sculpture, film and video, and prints and drawings.
Ms. Temkin called that approach outdated. She said that she planned to “reflect the way artists work today, where these divisions are far less prevalent.”
She also intends to change the works in the permanent galleries more frequently. “I’d like to mix the foundation of the collection in new ways, to animate those galleries so they are constantly full of unexpected revelations,” she said.
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