Artist Julie Mehretu has been appointed to the board of directors Whitney Museum of American Art, the museum announced Tuesday, making her the third artist trustee in Whitney’s history and one of seven new members to join the board last year.
Recently presented by the museum Most comprehensive survey of Mehretu’s career so far, which occupied the entire fifth floor (now occupied by the work of Jasper Johns). The black-coloured Mehretu joins the board at a time when cultural institutions across the country are making a concerted effort to diversify their leadership, staff and programming.
In addition, the former vice president of the Whitney Museum, Warren B. Candor is recovering from a rift with the cast over his commercial interests. Kanders was forced to resign After months of protests over the sale of her company’s tear gas in 2019, the prestigious Whitney Biennial ended with the withdrawal of eight artists from the exhibition. (Canders has since left tear gas business.)
Whitney director Adam de Weinberg said, “Whitney’s founder, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, believed that artists were essential to defining, challenging and expanding culture and that museums should be a site where artists and Viewers openly engage with unsolicited ideas.” in a statement. “Today, more than 90 years later, this history speaks to who we are and how we serve our public, and our trustees, along with our employees, help ensure that we are a part of American art and artists. We reiterate our commitment to
The other new trustee, Eric L. motley, who Deputy Director appointed in March of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC; Paul Arnhold, a real estate executive and glass blower artist; Katja Goldman, a collector and chef; Michael E. Kasson, founder, president and chief executive of MediaLink, a consulting firm; Claudia Laviada, a collector; and Jane Rubio, co-founder and CEO of luggage and travel subsidiary, Away.