Raise a Shake Shack Shake to Adam Glick, Madison Square Park’s New Curator

aglick 2012 07 Raise a Shake Shack Shake to Adam Glick, Madison Square Parks New Curator

Glick. (Courtesy Taylor Wallick/Madison Square Park Conservancy)

In March, the Madison Square Park Conservancy’s public art program announced that it had created a new chief-curator position named for the former director of Minneapolis’s Walker Art Center, Martin Friedman, who has long served on its advisory board. Now the program’s Martin Friedman Curator has been named: it is Adam Glick, who is being promoted from within, having served since October as the park’s associate curator.

Mr. Glick, 27, a California native, studied music and art history at the University of California, Santa Barbara, then got his master’s degree in art history at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts, where he studied with Linda Nochlin. After working at San Francisco photography gallery Robert Koch for a year, he moved back to New York in 2009 and took a job as assistant to Lisa Phillips, director of the New Museum. Last August, he was approached by the Madison Square Park Conservancy’s president, Debbie Landau, and met with its board chair, David Berliner. The following month, they offered him the newly created position of associate curator—they’d previously only had a public-art coordinator—in which he’s worked on catalogues and installations with Ms. Landau and the advisory committee.

In his new role, Mr. Glick said he is looking forward to “keeping the program balanced—in terms of younger and older artists, men and women—and interesting” and “taking young artists who are interested in art in public spaces and helping them flourish.”

The Madison Square Park art program has presented 24 exhibitions since 2004, including works by artists like Sol LeWitt, Ursula von Rydingsvard, Jessica Stockholder and Charles Long. “We are still young, but no longer fledgling,” said Ms. Landau. With the addition of Mr. Glick’s position, she said, “we are evolving into a more traditional organization. Adam will maintain the continuity and engagement of the advisory committee, but there will be more projects that he and I put together and present. He is beginning to make studio visits, and develop concepts for the park and proposals to take to the committee.”

Currently on the art program’s advisory committee are Susan Sollins, the executive director and curator of PBS’s Art21 program, curators Sarah Lewis, Brooke Rapaport and Toby Lewis, collector and businessman Ron Pizzuti, restaurateur Danny Meyer (his flagship Shake Shack is in the park), Mr. Berliner, Mr. Friedman and Ms. Landau. Whitney Museum director Adam Weinberg, who is currently overseeing the museum’s move from the Upper East Side to the Meatpacking district, recently rotated off after an eight-year stint.