Daniel and Estrellita B. Brodsky have established two new curatorships, providing support for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s expanded modern and contemporary art program. One of the curatorships—the Estrellita B. Brodsky Curator of Latin American Art—will be held by a specialist in the art of 20th- and 21st-century Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and South America. See more information below:
Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, announced that Daniel Brodsky, the Museum’s Chairman, and his wife Estrellita B. Brodsky, an art historian and specialist in Latin American art, have provided a generous gift to endow two important curatorships in the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art. This expansion of curatorial staff provides major support for the department’s broadened programming in both the main building and the Marcel Breuer-designed building on Madison Avenue that will be vacated by the Whitney Museum in 2015 and subsequently occupied by the Met.
In recognition of their gift, the two new positions will be named the Estrellita B. Brodsky Curator of Latin American Art, to be held by a specialist in the art of 20th- and 21st-century Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and South America; and the Daniel Brodsky Associate Curator of Architecture and Design, including responsibility for the department’s holdings of architecture- and design-related objects and other material. Both will work closely with the modern and contemporary curatorial team on researching and developing the collection and devising the program at the Breuer building, under the leadership of Sheena Wagstaff, the Museum’s Leonard A. Lauder Chairman of Modern and Contemporary Art.
In making the announcement, Mr. Campbell said, “Through their generosity and vision, Dan and Estrellita Brodsky have taken a leadership role in our initiative to strengthen the resources and programming for modern and contemporary art. The two new curators will join us at a particularly exciting time, as we lead up to the opening of the Madison Avenue location. Developing our program for the expanded space in which modern and contemporary art will be displayed is a challenge and inspiration for our curators, both within and beyond the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art. We look forward to providing the public with a global representation of the art of our time, set within the context of the Met’s unparalleled encyclopedic collection.”
Mr. Campbell continued, “The new curator for modern and contemporary Latin American art will complement the work of recently appointed curators for art of the ancient Americas and for Colonial Latin American art. This will provide curatorial continuity here for the artistic traditions of the Americas, particularly Latin America, more substantially than ever before. It is also worth noting that the architecture and design curatorship is a new position for the Met, casting fresh light on an area of scholarship and increasing public interest that affects us profoundly in our day-to-day lives.”
[Many thanks to Rod Fusco for bringing this item to our attention.]
For more information, see http://www.metmuseum.org/about-the-museum/press-room/news/2014/brodsky-curatorships