The Jewish Museum announced today that it has tapped scholar Daniel S. Palmer to be its Leon Levy Assistant Curator. Mr. Palmer, who previously served as a curatorial research assistant at the Whitney Museum, is the latest in a string of curators with backgrounds in modern and contemporary art hired by the museum. In 2011, the museum tapped Claudia Gould, then the director of ICA Philadelphia, as its new director, and last year it snapped up Jens Hoffmann, the director of CCA Wattis in San Francisco, to be its deputy director for exhibitions and public programs.
“I am pleased to welcome Daniel S. Palmer to the staff of the Jewish Museum,” Mr. Hoffmann said in a statement. “His diverse background and knowledge of contemporary art as well as Jewish history and culture make him a valuable addition to our curatorial team.” He added that the new assistant curator “will also play a key role in developing a new annual contemporary art event scheduled to begin in 2015.” Intriguing!
Mr. Palmer is a Ph.D. candidate in art history at the CUNY Graduate Center, and earned his B.A. with highest honors in art history and English at Rutgers. His recent critical and curatorial credits include a catalogue essay for the smart “Hopper Drawing” show that the Whitney presented earlier this year, and the exhibition “Decenter: An Exhibition on the Centenary of the 1913 Armory Show,” which originated at Abrons Art Center in February, and recently traveled to George Washington University’s Luther W. Brady Art Gallery, in Washington, D.C.
Congratulations, Mr. Palmer!