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January 17, 2014

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Katonah Museum of Art

Museum names new executive director


By R.J. MARX
CAMERON WITTIG PHOTO

Darsie Alexander

 

On Monday, the Katonah Museum of Art board of trustees of announced the appointment of executive director Darsie Alexander. Ms. Alexander is leaving her current position as chief curator at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis to assume her new role at the Katonah Museum of Art on March 1. Prior to that she was the senior curator at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

“Every institution is so vastly different,” Ms. Alexander said on Monday. “The needs and the constituencies, there’s not really a template you can impose institution to institution. I think what I bring to the position is really an understanding of ways to identify what those qualities that distinguish an organization are and to work with those to build a foundation for something really great. That’s something I hope to do when I come to Katonah. It’s both a combination of reflecting upon the past and advancing into the future. That is a really exciting process.”

Alexander noted for innovative installations

The Katonah Museum of Art’s incoming director Darsie Alexander is known for multidisciplinary exhibitions significant for their artistic merit and “great fun to experience,” according to museum trustees. She produced the interactive sculpture exhibition “Franz West: To Build a House You Start with the Roof,” presented at the Baltimore Museum of Art, and, more recently, the Walker’s “Benches and Binoculars” in which visitors sat on chaise lounges and leaned back with binoculars to look at the works mounted high on the walls.

She also orchestrated the purchase of one of the Walker’s acquisitions: the 3,000-object Merce Cunningham Dance Archive, which features unique works by Cunningham’s famous artist collaborators, including Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg. “International Pop,” curated by Ms. Alexander, opens in Minneapolis in 2015 before traveling to the Dallas Museum of Art and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Raised in Massachusetts, Ms. Alexander earned a B.A. from Bates College and her Master of Arts degree in art history at Williams College. She began her career as a photography curator at the Museum of Modern Art, serving as the photography liaison for “Modern Starts: MoMa 2000,” a museumwide millennial project. Ms. Alexander received MoMa’s Lee Tannenbaum Award for Curatorial Excellence.

She introduced art stars Rachel Harrison, Olafur Eliasson and Sam Taylor-Johnson to New York audiences in a group exhibition in 1998.

Following her tenure at MoMa and prior to joining the Walker in 2009, Ms. Alexander was senior curator at the Baltimore Museum of Art, where she organized the critically acclaimed exhibition “SlideShow” and originated the museum’s still-pulsating Front Room series devoted to short-term artist residencies. She also introduced SiteMaryland, an initiative centered on campuswide installations animating the building and grounds of the Baltimore Museum of Art.

Ms. Alexander is married to curator David E. Little, and the couple has two children.

“We are thrilled to bring Darsie on board as our next executive,” said board president Tara Coniaris in a statement this week. “Her excellent track record as a curator, innovative approach to audience engagement and remarkable career at leading American museums made her an exceptional candidate who will bring visionary leadership to the Katonah Museum of Art.”

The search for the Katonah Museum of Art’s executive director was undertaken through the services of Heidrick and Struggles, Naree W.S. Viner.


Ms. Alexander replaces Neil Watson as executive director. Mr. Watson announced his departure, without explanation, in November 2012. In September 2013, Mr. Watson was appointed executive director of the Long Island Museum in Stony Brook.

The post at the Katonah Museum of Art has been filled on an interim basis by Katonah’s Belinda Roth since that time. Ms. Roth will remain to help Ms. Alexander with the transition.

Ms. Alexander is a native of the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area. She began her career at the Museum of Modern Art, followed by roles at the Baltimore Museum of Art and her current position at the Walker Art Center.

During a national search for a new director at the Katonah Museum of Art, her name was put forth. “I’d certainly heard of it and been up to that area on various trips,” she said. “This was an opportunity to get to know the institution and the community and the area and to really start to identify the possibilities and potential, which I think is enormous. There’s a garden in the back that can be more fully embodied as a place to hang out, to socialize and to experience art in a different context, to really think about it in a broader arena, really diversifying the experiences that visitors can have when they come to the museum.”

The Walker drew 265,000 visitors last year, many more than the 40,000 visitors at the Katonah Museum in the same period.

“I’m not downsizing on how I see things,” she said. “You really need to keep the big picture. This is a moment to be ambitious, to be strong, to really figure out what the values of the institution and the community are to make it an exceptional institution.”

“The origins of the museum come right out of a town, out of a library, out of a community,” she said. “I think that whatever direction the organization takes in the future, it’s really so important to hold on to what its points of origin are. That’s the identity. That is what is core to the history and the values of a place and the things that distinguish it from other organizations.

Ms. Alexander said the history of the institution and the legacy of Edward Larrabee Barnes, who designed the current museum building, and other founders will be a “core anchor” looking ahead. “It’s an institution that unique to the area and unique because of its size. Barnes understood that the world was filled with ample gallery space and huge collections. It’s really about seizing upon what’s so unique about this institution. It’s partially this intimate scale, it’s a very intimate scale; it’s very agile as a non-collecting institution; and its location really allow for programming a visiting experience that’s unlike any other. That’s really what drew me to the job, to the place.”

She said she has spent quite a bit of time talking to people about what is unique about the museum and its history “to direct me in the choices and future that will be best for this organization.”

The exhibition schedule is identified through the next year, said Ms. Alexander. “Certainly, looking at the potential of the program to tap timely issues and ideas that are relevant now will be a focus of my tenure and my next year.

Before making her decision, she said she made “about five or six trips back and forth, talking to people, really understanding what the goals of the committee were.”

She said she hopes to look beyond to the issues and ideas that impact us not only as a community but nationally and globally. “What are the concerns?” she asked. “What are the topics? What are the areas of possibility that can serve as a foundation for really interesting programs and conversations that fold in a variety of different topics that are particularly relevant to our times?”

Ms. Alexander said that she saw art as part of the fabric of our lives. “Art registers the social, the economic, the political and personal aspects of our lives,” she said. “To the extent that we can take advantage of how artists see the world and think about the world, we can touch upon the issues that range from the political to the social, historic, to the creative. That’s what art does; it unfolds all of these topics for us to explore together.”

Ms. Alexander is currently completing an exhibition for next year at the Walker and will be in Katonah in March, with her family following later in the year.


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