SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y.
Oct. 29, 2012
/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ian Berry, associate director and
Susan Rabinowitz Malloy
'45 Curator of the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and
, has been named the museum's third director.
The appointment—effective December 1—was announced by
, interim dean of the faculty and vice president for academic affairs.
, who is leaving the Tang after eight years to be the founding director of the Institute of the Arts and Sciences at the
University of California at Santa Cruz
Berry will occupy the endowed directorship established in 1997 by
Joan Layng Dayton
. He will also hold the title of professor of liberal arts.
"Ian is a brilliant artistic visionary, one who not only understands the current wave of contemporary art, but in every way helps to shape that wave," said Breslin. "He also acutely understands the importance of the Tang's central mission as a teaching museum."
Weber called Berry's appointment "well earned and great news for
and the world of academic museums."
Added Weber, "Ian's extraordinary curatorial vision and his commitment to the Tang's teaching mission have been central to the Tang's growth and national reputation. I could not be more pleased by the selection of Ian as the Tang's next Dayton Director."
"I am honored to serve as Dayton Director of the Tang Museum," Berry said. "The Tang is a model for college and university museums, and I look forward to many great things in our future."
as the Tang's founding curator in 2000 after serving as assistant curator at the
Museum of Art. Graduating in 1995 from the University at Albany-SUNY with a B.A. in art history, he earned an M.A. in curatorial studies at
The author of more than a dozen books and catalogues, Berry has organized many memorable exhibitions at the Tang. These include diverse projects with artists including Terry Adkins,
, Jessica Stockholder,
Berry pioneered the current practice at the Tang of working alongside faculty on large-scale interdisciplinary projects. He is currently at work on survey exhibitions of artists
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