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museum luminaries

anderson, maxwell l.. the director of the dallas museum of art... more info here (7_14_12)
***annenberg, wallis
... on the board of the MOCA of L.A... Ms. Annenberg is the chair of the $1.5 billion L.A.-based Annenberg Foundation... She is an advocate for Jeffrey Deitch... Ms. Annenberg is also on the board of the LACMA. (9_15_12)
***bacigalupi, don
... the president of the crystal bridges museum of american art in bentonville, arkansas, which was founded by alice walton, the walmart heiress (2_9_14)
bail
ey, colin b.... recently named director of the fine arts museums of SF.... recently, he was the deputy director at the frick collection in NY... (3_30_13)

barrron, stephanie
... L.A. County Museum of Art senior curator of modern art.  She has presented three major Hockney exhibitions since 1988.
beal, graham
... director of the detroit institute of arts... he is currently guiding the museum through troubled financial waters...more info here (8_3_12)... his mission was just accomplished.  (8_17_12)
bell, maria arena
... television producer...L.A. MOCA board co-chairman... works with MOCA co-chairman david johnson... here interview is here (6_29_12) (7_9_12)... she is resigning at the culmination of her term as a co-chairwoman of the museum's (MOCA's) board (1_10_14)
benedek, peter
... on the board of the hammer museum (11_2_13)
berggruen, olivier
... (age 49)... assists to oversee the berggruen museum in berlin... son of heinz berggruen (7_20_13)
betsky, aaron
... director of the cincinatti art museum 
(7_21_13)
***biesenbach, klaus... he is the current director of MoMA PS1... he is also the chief curator at large at MoMA... more info here (7_14_12)
block, holly... executive director of the bronx museum of the arts... (4_14_12) (5_21_12)
bollerer, fred
... director of the corcoran museum (6_13_12)
brand, michael... formerly directed the Getty Museum.
***broad, eli
... on the board of the MOCA of L.A....MOCA's leading donor... He made his money constructing homes, and selling retirement investment plans... (9_15_12)
castellani, valentina
... a director at the gagosian gallery (4_11_12)
chiu, melissa... asia society museum director (4_21_12)
clough, g. wayne... smithsonian secretary ...(5_9_12)
***cohen, steven a
... on the board of the MOCA of L.A... he runs an investment company in Connecticut... Mr. Cohen is worth $8.3 billion...  As of 2006, his art collection was worth at least $700 million (9_15_12)
colburn, boston
... he led the laguna art museum for fourteen years... more info here (6_29_12)

cuno, james
, (jim) president and CEO of james paul getty trust... he replaced the deceased james wood  (5_22_11) (4_20_12)

d'abrosio, paul
... president and chief executive officer of the fenimore art museum... more info here (8_22_12)
davies, hugh
... longtime director of the museum of contemporary art san diego... more info here (6_29_12)
de montebello, philippe
(b. 1936)... retired met. museum director in the early 2000's... more info here (6_22_12)
dixon, nick... director of the artscience museum of singapore  (3_17_12)
***deitch, jeffrey
(b. 1952) the controversial director of the museum of contemporary art in los angeles (moca).  According to "The L.A. Times," Deitch is the first career art dealer in memory to lead a major nonprofit American museum.  As a former art dealer and his gallery 'Deitch Projects' in NYC, he championed Jean-Michel Basquiat, keith haring, and jeff koons.  (3_28_12) he has organized a Warhol show at the MOCA.  (5_8_12)...he is described as "someone who lives and breathes art."... he was appointed as director of the MOCA in 2010...formerly, he ran his gallery 'deitch projects' in ny... upon taking the directorship of MOCA, he closed his gallery...before running his gallery, he worked for nine years growing citibank's art advisory program  (--WSJ)... Mr. Deitch accepted a resignation from the chief curator of L.A.'s MOCA, paul schimmel, a few days ago.  They had disagreements over the direction of the museum...  more info here (6_29_12)... according to the LAT, Deitch earned $648, 281 in 2010 (7_7_12)... according to the LAT and ArtForum, it looks like Mr. Deitch is moving from the MOCA, perhaps to Manhattan to open a gallery (7_23_13)
druick, douglas... chicago art institute president and director  (5_12_12)
emanuel, ari
... top hollywood agent... recently joined the L.A. MOCA's board... He is the co-chair of the william morris endeavor talent agency (WME)... Mr. emanuel is the brother of rahm emanuel... more info here (10_15_12)
finley, daniel m
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of the autry museum in L.A. (named president and CEO 8_13_10) He had a long career in Wisconsin local government administration, according to the L.A. Times.
forsberg, diane
... director and chief curator of the arkell museum at canajoharie in n.y... more info here (9_29_12)
franklin, david
... new director of the cleveland museum as of 2010... "ushering in a new era with the museum's expansion" -- NYT... more info here (8_13_12)
freeman, george
... on the board of the hammer museum (11_2_13)
gersh, bob
... on the board of the hammer museum (11_2_13)
gioni, massimiliano
... associate director and director of exhibitions at the new museum in lower manhattan (6_3_12)
glass, brent... retired in august, 2011 as the director of the smithsonian institution's national museum of american history in washington d.c. ...(5_9_12)
***golden, thelma... director and chief curator of the studio museum in harlem... she gave artist mark bradford his first big break...more info here (7_9_12)... she gives an excellent lecture via TED here ... ms. golden is married to the famous fashion designer duro olowu(3_25_13)
goldstein, ann
... former MOCA senior curator... she is currently the director of the stedelijk museum in amsterdam (7_7_12)
***govan, michael, LACMA director (3_18_12)... friends with marc glimcher of the pace gallery in ny... more info here (11_20_12)... formerly of ny's dia foundation (4_27_13)...meeting with architect peter zumthor re: possible $650 million plans for a new LACMA. (7_21_13)
grachos, louis
... the new executive director of AMOA-arthouse in austin, TX... formerly, mr. grachos was the director of the albright-knox art gallery, bufallo's modern and contemporary art museum (1_14_13)

graff, laurence
... on the board of the MOCA of L.A... a london-based diamond merchant... he collects andy warhol, among others (9_15_12)
gray, john.
.. age 64... newly named director of the smithsonian institution's national museum of american history (with a collection of more than 3 million objects)... former president of the autry national center of the american west...(5_9_12)
grazer, brian
... on the board of LACMA (11_2_13)
grey, brad
... paramount chairman and CEO... on the board of LACMA (11_2_13)
griswold, william m
.... director of the morgan
(6_14_12)
***grynsztejn, madeleine (b. 1962, lima)... director of the museum of contemporary art, chicago... more info here (11_2_12) (6_14_13)
halbrejch, kathy
... associate director of the museum of modern art 
(7_19_13)
harrison, michael... the L.A. MOCA's CFO.  (3_28_12)
heinrich, christoph
... he succeeded lewis sharp to become the director of the denver art museum... more info here (10_15_12)
hendriks, ella
... senior paintings conservator at the van gogh museum (5_5_13)
henrichsen, stein olav
... director of the munch museum, in oslo, norway (12_26_12)
heyler, joanne
... the director and chief curator of the new broad museum in L.A., scheduled to open in late 2014 
(7_21_13)
***hoffmann, maja
... president of zurich's kunsthalle, a major showcased for artwork... more info here (10_27_12)
hopper III, harry f
. ...board chairman
of the corcoran museum (6_13_12)
johnson, david g... hollywood entertainment lawyer...the L.A. MOCA's board co-chair. (3_28_12) ... his photo is here (6_29_12)... a co-chairman of the MOCA with maria arena bell... he is resigning after a long service with the MOCA board (1_10_14)
jones, lial
... director of the crocker art museum in sacramento 
(7_21_13)
kaiser, philipp... soon will be the director of the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, Germany (3_28_12)
kanschat, melody
, LACMA president, stepping down in May, 2011... has served as president and CEO since 2005. (1_31_11).. She originally succeeded Andrea Rich.
koshalek, richard... director of the hirshorn museum... more info here (8_3_12)
kotek, bobby
... CEO of video game publisher activision blizzard... a LACMA trustee (4_27_13)
lehman, arnold
... director of the brooklyn museum 
(7_21_13)
loeb, daniel... on the board of the MOCA of L.A... runs an investment company in ny... He grew up in Santa Monica... His brother, Josh Loeb, is in the restaurant busines in L.A. (9_15_12)

longhenry, susan... director of the Harwood Museum of Art in Taos, N.M. (3_18_12)
lopez, eugenio
... mexican art collector... a wealthy board member of the MOCA in L.A...
helped lead a recent fund-raising drive at the MOCA (1_10_14)
lordkipanidze, david
(age 49) ... director of the georgian national museum in tblisi, georgia... more info here (11_20_12)
lourd, bryan... on the board of LACMA (11_2_13)

***lowry, glenn d. (b. 1954)... director of the museum of modern art in NY since 1995... he is also an art historian... more info here (7_14_12)
lynton, michael
... on the board of LACMA (11_2_13)
maaskant, mariette
... a spokesperson for the kunsthal 
(7_19_13)
macgregor, elizbeth ann
... the director of the sydney museum of contemporary art... more info here (12_7_12)
***marciano, maurice
... guess apparel magnate...recently joined the L.A. MOCA's board... he is one of four brothers who together began guess inc. in 1981... more info here (10_15_12)... maurice and paul marciano (guess principals) have plans to create a private museum soon (1_5_14)
... helped lead a recent fund-raising drive at the MOCA (1_10_14)
marks, nancy
... on the board of the MOCA of L.A... Ms. Marks' husband, Howard, heads L.A.'s Oaktree Capital Management... (9_15_12)
mccay, marshall
, named chief trustee of the autry museum (12_18_10)... he succeeds developer Thomas Lee.
mirrer, louise... president of the NY historical society museum (4_14_12)
morin, dave
... recently joined the board of SFMOMA
(3_1_13)
munitz, barry
... former president and C.E.O of the J. Paul Getty Trust (5_8_12)
oberlander-tarnoveanu, ernest
... director of the national history museum 
(7_19_13)
obrist, hans ulrich... museum director... co-director of the serpetine gallery in london
(6_14_12)
oldenburg, richard... younger brother of the artist claes oldenburg... mr. richard oldenburg retired as the director of the museum of modern art in 1995 (4_14_13)
ottinger, didier
... pompidou chief curator 
(7_19_13)
pacquement, alfred... director of the national museum of modern art, centre pompidou... more info here (7_14_12)

philbin, annie... hammer museum director (5_11_12) (11_2_13)
phillips, lisa, the director of the New Museum in NY (4_27_12)
... more info here (10_27_12)... ms. phillips gave the artist tauba auerbach her big break (11_30_12)
pinchuk, victor
... on the board of the MOCA of L.A... a ukranian industrialist... in fact, according to one source, he is the ukraine's most successful businessperson... he is a significant collector of contemporary art... he collects koons, hirst, murakami, and gursky... (9_15_12)... more info here (9_24_12)
pincus, alison
... joined the board of the SF contemporary jewish museum last year (3_1_13)
platow, raphaela
... director of the contemporary arts center in cincinatti... more info here (11_23_12)
portnoy, nancy
... a board member at the new museum in ny (5_28_12)
potts, timothy
... named new Getty museum director.  This position has been vacant since Michael Brand departed in 2010.   (2_14_12)
resnick, lynda
... longtime LACMA board member... cofounder of pom juice and owner of fiji water empire (4_27_13)

rondeau, james
... chairman of contemporary art at the Art Institute of Chicago (4_28_12)... works with sheena wagstaff ... more info about him
here (7_1_12)
rosandich, thomas p
... president of the american sport museum... more info here (7_17_12)
ross, david... was the director of the whitney museum... and later, he was the director of SFMOMA... more info here (11_20_12)
rubel, michael
... on the board of the hammer museum (11_2_13)
ruf, beatrix
... director of the kunsthalle, in zurich since 2001 (6_14_12)... more info here (7_14_12) 
***serota, sir nicholas..
. Tate Gallery director & runs turner prize in 2008 (5_11_12) (5_13_12)... he is friends with heiress, collector and philanthropist maja hoffman (10_27_12)... more info here (7_2_12)
scholma, enno
... chairman of the museum ludwig in cologne
...attends art basel miami (12_9_12)
semel, ter
ry... previous chairman of warner brothers, and yahoo!... & a LACMA board member (4_27_13)

sharp, lewis
... formerly the director of the denver art museum... more info here (10_15_12)
shiner, eric
... director of andy warhol museum in pittsburgh (3_17_12)
(1_22_13)
siren, janne
... the new director of the albright-knox art gallery (buffalo's modern and contemporary art museum)... formerly, mr. siren was the director of the helsinki art museum in finland (1_14_13)
smith, thomas
... director of the denver art museum's petrie institute of western american art (5_17_12)
sobel, david
... museum director at the clyfford still museum (12_27_12) 
(7_21_13)
sokolowski, tom
... former (he resigned in 12/10) director of the vast andy warhol museum in pittsburgh... more info here (9_4_12)
***soros, jeffrey
... the MOCA board president... nephew of George Soros... more info here (9_29_12)... helped lead a recent fund-raising drive at the MOCA (1_10_14)
spies, werner
... former director of the centre pompidou in paris 
(7_19_13)
stockman, jennifer
... president of the board of the guggenheim foundation... mentioned in "60 Minutes" (4_1_12)
strick, jeremy... museum director of MOCA in 2008 (5_11_12)... director of the nasher in dallas... more info here (11_20_12)
taylor, michael... new director of dartmouth college's hood museum of art  (the former curator of modern art at the philadelphia museum of art (5_2_12)
***tisch, steve
... film producer... resigned MOCA's board.... joined LACMA board(4_27_13) (11_2_13)
tucker, marcia
... founder of the New Museum (5_6_12)

van der marck, jan
(1929- 2010)... deceased american museum administrator... he helped found the museum of contemporary art in 1967... more info here in his obit (6_25_12)
van krimpen, wim
... a fomer kunsthal museum executive... more info here (10_16_12)
vellekoon, marije... head of collections, research, and presentation at the van gogh museum (5_5_13)
wagstaff, sheena...a british chairwoman of modern and contemporary work at the metropolitan museum of arts... she works with james rondeau... she is a power curator, working with the met's director, thomas campbell... more info here (7_1_12)... and here (10_27_12)
***weinberg, adam d.... the museum director of the whitney museum... he is also a curator... more info here (7_14_12) 
wilmerding, john.... 'an american art scholar and art history professor at princeton... sits on the boards of the solomon r. guggenheim foundation and the national gallery of art' - NYT (4_11_12)
wilsey, diane... board president of the fine arts museums of SF (3_30_13)
zimmer, jeremy
... on the board of the hammer museum (11_2_13)