Brooklyn Museum Hires Nancy Spector, Clark to Show Prado Nudes and More

Nancy Spector. (Photo: Elena Olivo, courtesy Brooklyn Museum)
Nancy Spector. (Photo: Elena Olivo, courtesy Brooklyn Museum)

Nancy Spector has been named deputy director and chief curator at the Brooklyn Museum. Ms. Spector previously worked at the Guggenheim Museum for 29 years, most recently as deputy director and chief curator. She will take over the role from Kevin Stayton, who will move into a new position as deputy director and director of collections and history.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum acquired David Smith’s 1952 sculpture Agricola IV, which marked a turning point in the important American artist’s career. The work is on view in the exhibition “Crosscurrents: Modern Art from Sam Rose and Julie Walters Collection,” along with several other “partial and promised gifts to the museum” such as paintings by Marsden Hartley, Edward Hopper and Georgia O’Keeffe.

In the summer of 2016, the Clark Art Institute will show 28 old master nudes from the Prado Museum that previously belonged to 16th- and 17th-century Spanish royalty, and were once only enjoyed in the privacy of special viewing rooms. Of the works traveling for the show, “Splendor, Myth, and Vision: Nudes From the Prado,” 24 of them have never been sown in the U.S., including paintings by Titian, Rubens and Velázquez.

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A $350,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities will help fund the Carnegie Museum of Art’s Art Tracks program, an initiative to help standardize digital provenance for artworks. Brooklyn Museum Hires Nancy Spector, Clark to Show Prado Nudes and More