Robin Jaffee Frank Named Chief Curator at Wadsworth Atheneum

2004 12 1 Robin Jaffee Frank Named Chief Curator at Wadsworth Atheneum

"Wall Drawing #1131 (Whirls and Twirls)" (2004) by Sol LeWitt at the Wadsworth Atheneum. (Photo courtesy Wadsworth Atheneum)

Hartford, Connecticut’s Wadsworth Atheneum, America’s oldest public art museum, has tapped Robin Jaffee Frank as its new chief curator. The Hartford Courant broke the news, which Artforum also noted.

The top curatorial job at the Wadsworth has been vacant since Elizabeth Mankin Kornhauser left to join the Metropolitan Museum of Art as senior curator of American painting last year. Ms. Frank has served as senior associate curator of American paintings and sculpture at the Yale University Art Gallery for the past five years.

Coming up at the Wadsworth is a solo project by singer and artist Patti Smith, realized as part of the museum’s long-running “Matrix” series of contemporary art shows.

Correction: Patti Smith’s upcoming show is part of the Wadsworth’s regular exhibition program, not its “Matrix” series, as previously stated. We regret the error.