Art Industry News: The Met Promotes Jamie Kelleher to Director of Operations as Part of the Museum’s Leadership Restructuring + Other Stories

Art Industry News is a daily summary of the most important developments emerging from the art world and the art market. Here’s what you need to know on Thursday, January 12th.

Need to read

Destruction of the original Juneteenth Museum siteThe Fort Worth building of the Juneteenth Museum, founded by the so-called “Juneteenth grandmother,” burned down in a fire early Wednesday morning. Fortunately, all objects have already been moved to a file location Next Juneteenth National Museum in Fort Worth. (Dallas Morning News)

Sotheby’s sells record-breaking Richter The monumental painting by Gerhard Richter which is 13 feet high Abstracts Build (1986) will be shown at Sotheby’s London sale on 1 March, at an estimated cost of £20 million ($24 million). The work has been in an American collection since it was acquired for $9.7 million in 2007, a record price for an abstract painting by Richter. (financial times)

Jameson Kelleher Appointed Director of Operations of the Met – The Metropolitan Museum of Art has named Jamie Keeler its next COO, while director Max Hollin will add the CEO role to his current job, once current museum CEO Daniel Weiss departs in June. Kelleher previously served as Chief Financial Officer for the Met. (artforum)

Alan Schwartzman and Charlotte Burns launch podcast – The former Sotheby’s consultant and veteran art journalist is launching a new podcast, “The World of Art: What If…?!” The first three episodes, all of which will premiere today, feature MoMA Director Glenn Lowry, art strategist Kimi Ilisanmi, and Guggenheim Museum senior curator Naomi Beckwith imagining what the cultural landscape could (and should) look like in the future. (Press release)

motors and vibrators

Pollock Krassner Foundation Hires Executive Director – Caroline Black has been named Executive Director of the Foundation, having previously served as Program Director. “It is deeply meaningful and inspiring for me to honor Lee Krasner’s commitment to promoting the work of generations of artists to come,” Black said in a statement. (Press release)

Long gone to the Film Film Forum to leave – Veteran director of the Independent Film Center of New York, Karen Cooper, is stepping down from her post after 50 years. Cooper will remain as a consultant for the theatre, and will be succeeded by Sonya Chung, who has served as deputy director since 2020, beginning July 1. (artforum)

Driving shifts in the shed The Manhattan Center for the Arts announced that Founding Artistic Director and CEO Alex Potts will now serve solely as Artistic Director. Marian Jordan, current President and Chief Operating Officer of Shed will assume CEO duties until a permanent replacement is appointed. (The New York Times)

UK Art Night is back with an edition outside of London – The International Festival of Contemporary Art is back again with an edition to be held in Dundee, Scotland, marking the first time the event has been held in a city outside of London. The festival will be held on June 24. The list of participating artists will be announced at a later time. (Press release)

For the sake of art

ICP Names 2023 Award Winners – The International Center of Photography has announced its 2023 Infinity Awards honoree, which will be celebrated at the organization’s fundraiser in March. Prolific photographer Minaj Smith, who was the first black woman to have a photo shoot by MoMA, is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award, ahead of her Solo show at the Studio Museum in Harlem and the Museum of Modern Art, which opens in February. (Press release)

Ming Smith, African cemetery, sacred spaceFrom the movie Invisible Man. 1991. Courtesy of the artist © Ming Smith.

Ming Smith, Amen Corner Sisters (Harlem, NY), 1976. Photo courtesy Nicola Fassel.

Ming Smith, Amen’s Corner Sisters (Harlem, NY)1976. Photo courtesy of Nikola Vasel.

Ming Smith, Self Portrait (Total) (1986).  Image courtesy of the artist and Pippy Houldsworth Gallery.

Ming Smith, Self Portrait (Total) (1986). Image courtesy of the artist and Pippy Houldsworth Gallery.

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